BGCA has implemented the programmatic strategy “Every Member, Every Year”, designed so that all Clubs, no matter their size or resources, can partner with youth, parents, schools and other community stakeholders to implement at least one of three approaches: academic enrichment and school engagement; targeted dropout prevention; and intensive intervention and case management. Our aim is to ensure that all Club members graduate from high school on time, ready for a post-secondary education and a 21st-century career.
Junior Staff: Cultivating Tomorrow’s Club Professionals Today
Junior Staff is a small-group program that is both practical and user friendly. It assists Club members ages 13 to 18 in exploring a career in youth or human services, particularly Boys & Girls Club work. We currently employee 3 Junior Staff members. Junior Staff take on responsibility of helping the Main Club Site Staff to implement and promote participation of youth in our after-school programs. Junior Staff members must have a positive attitude and must be an excellent role model for youth because younger members can relate to them so much more because they are their peers.
Project Learn reinforces the academic enrichment and school engagement of young people during the time they spend at the Club. 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 and tutoring and games like Scrabble that develop young people’s cognitive skills. Each day we incorporate high-yield learning activities into our programs.
CareerLaunch is the program at the Boys & Girls Club of Watertown where teen members can become prepared for the workforce. The Teen Coordinator meets regularly with the group to build their job-search skills and job readiness. The CareerLaunch program involves business partners to serve as mentors and provide training opportunities to this group.
Education and Career Development
Youth are enabled to become proficient in basic educational disciplines, apply learning to everyday situations and embrace technology to enhance their education and provide opportunities for career exploration. We encourage our youth to be educated for a great future. Our programs foster life-long learners by supporting academic success today, setting higher college and career goals for tomorrow and providing access to tools and technology that prepare them for the 21st century. In the Education Center, youth will enjoy fun learning opportunities including: reading in the loft, computer lab time, board games, puzzles, etc.
Power Hour is a homework help and tutoring program for Club youth ages 6 to 18. By encouraging members to develop the daily habit of completing homework in a quiet, dedicated space with adult support, Power Hour helps members improve their organizational and time management skills, develop personal responsibility, and make a commitment to school and learning. Thus, the overarching goal of Power Hour is to boost members’ enthusiasm for learning and strengthen their engagement in school, all while having fun.
Our high quality and high-impact Power Hour program includes these components:
• high-yield learning activities
• incentives and recognition