Educational Programs at Boys & Girls Clubs
These programs are designed to ensure that all Club members graduate from high school on time, ready for a post-secondary education and a 21st-century career. Clubs want to help youth build a strong foundation to realize their goals. Boys and Girls Club educational programs allow young people to explore their options and reach their full potential as a leader of tomorrow.
Below are several examples of Boys and Girls Club Educational Programming:
Career Launch 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. Teens build their job-search and job-readiness skills and have opportunities to learn about various career paths through post-secondary school visits and business tours.
Students do much better in school when they spend their non-school hours engaged in fun, 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, including leisure reading, writing activities, discussions with knowledgeable adults, helping others, homework help, tutoring and games that develop young people’s cognitive skills. Project Learn also emphasizes parent involvement as well as collaboration between Club and school professionals.
Page Turners Literacy Tutoring Program
Page Turners Literacy Tutoring program’s goal: to increase third grade reading ability for students at the bottom 20 percent of reading proficiency.
By fourth grade, students who cannot read proficiently are on the high school dropout track. The ability to read by the end of third grade is essential to increasing the number of children who succeed academically, graduate on time, and do well in life and the workforce.
Students in the Page Turners program meet weekly with teachers and volunteer tutors who often cooperate with the student’s classroom teachers. The weekly meetings with caring adult tutors creates strong bonds increasing the program’s impact as well.
Power Hour offers a structured time and place for Club staff, academic tutors and volunteers to help members understand and complete their homework assignments on time. Members are better prepared for classes and proud of their hard work and accomplishments. This program also helps members become self-directed, resourceful and independent learners.
The Club’s STEM programs empower youth to create new solutions to real-world challenges. Club members are developing a foundation of technology skills by exploring computer science, building mobile apps, designing robots, and more! This project-based approach develops digital-age literacy, inventive thinking, problem solving and other 21st century skills critical to success in the STEM workforce and beyond. After-school and summer learning environments provide unique opportunities to advance STEM knowledge and increase interest in STEM-related careers.
STRIDE Academy is a web-based learning program that incorporates math, reading and science into a fun gaming environment. The program is available at the Club through statewide Wisconsin After 3 funding. The goal of the program is to improve STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) skills among Club members in first through eighth grade.
More and more, companies rely on IT professionals as a crucial part of their businesses. “MegaBites,” a collaborative program with community partners, teaches Club members about IT careers to increase their interest in STEM education.
In this program, IT professionals and volunteers teach Club members many exciting, hands-on learning experiences such as image editing, video creation, web development, IT security, and software coding.