Education & Career

BGCAS has implemented the programmatic strategy, "Every Member, Every Year", in partnership with youth, parents, schools and other community stakeholders through academic enrichment and school engagement to ensure that all Club members graduate from high school on time, ready for a post-secondary education and a 21st-century career

Diplomas to Degrees (d2D) is BGCAS' new college readiness program that provides a range of services to guide Club members as they work toward high school graduation and prepare for post-secondary education and career success.

Club staff have access to a Facilitator’s Guide with fun high-yield activities and a Teen College Guide, complete with tips on achieving academic success and planning for post-secondary education

BE GREAT: Graduate is BGCAS' dropout prevention program. 

 

This program is designed to enhance each Club member's engagement with learning by providing consistent support from caring and trusted adults in developing the academic, emotional and social skills needed to achieve academic success.

 

This program uses the early warning signals -- attendance, behavior and course failure -- to identify youth at risk of dropping out of school.

The "Junior Staff" Program assists Club members ages 13 to 18 in exploring a career in youth or human services, particularly Boys & Girls Club work. Young people prepare for future roles as human services professionals by participating in career development activities, discovering the importance of community service, building customer service skills and completing a Club apprenticeship. Through the implementation of this program, we make an investment in the development of Club members’ interpersonal skills, work ethic and sense of community responsibility

Project Learn reinforces the academic enrichment and school engagement of young people during the time they spend at the Club. This strategy is based on research demonstrating that students do much better in school when they spend their non-school hours engaged in fun, but academically beneficial, activities. Through Project Learn, Club staff use all the areas and programs in the Club to create opportunities for these high-yield learning activities, which include leisure reading, writing activities, discussions with knowledgeable adults, helping others, homework help, tutoring and games (such as Scrabble), that develop young people’s cognitive skills. Project Learn also emphasizes parent involvement and collaboration between Club and school professionals as critical factors in creating the best after-school learning environment for Club members ages 6 to 18

Power Hour: Making Minutes Count helps Club members ages 6-18 achieve academic success by providing homework help, tutoring and high-yield learning activities and encouraging members to become self-directed learners.

BGCAS is transforming the way we use technology in our Clubs with the launch of a new technology initiative called “My.Future,” which replaced the Club Tech suite of programs in 2014.

 

My.Future provides Club staff with fun and engaging project-based teaching experiences to help youth:

 

Understand their media world +
Identify and develop digital interests +

 Earn certifications as they make progress +

Money Matters promotes financial responsibility and independence among Club members ages 13 to 18. Participants learn how to manage a checking account, create a budget, save and invest, start small businesses and pay for college

CareerLaunch encourages Club members ages 13 to 18 to assess their skills and interests, explore careers, make sound educational decisions and prepare to join our nation's work force.  Club staff or volunteers use the Career Exploration Quick Reference Guide to work with teens individually or in small groups to build their job-search skills and job readiness

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