Education & Career

Education & Career Development

Boys & Girls Clubs are more than a recreation center.  Our educational and career programs enable youth to become proficient in basic educational disciplines, applying learning to everyday situations and embrace technology to achieve success in a career.  

Some facts: 
 • 94% of the youth in our Education Initiative program showed gains in their standardized test scores in reading and mathematics 
 • 100% of the targeted youth in this program were promoted to the next grade level and/or graduated from high school
 • 90% of Club Members graduate from high school

Junior Staff
 Cultivating Tomorrow's Club Professionals Today 
Junior Staff is a program that assists Club members the ages of 16 to Senior year in College to explore 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. 


Graduate for Más
Graduate for Más is a program dedicated to empowering teens to make a personal commitment to graduate high school and to achieve más. The Taco Bell Foundation for Teens™ developed the program with Get Schooled to provide digital tools, support and an online community for students to stay on track. By staying active, teens can earn points for prizes, rewards and educational support, including scholarships and mentoring resources.

JESS! Junior Engineer & Scientist Series
As part of the relaunch of STEM initiatives at BGCAA, the Boy & Girls Club is now offering JESS! to 1st and 2nd Graders in the Bates Club. This STEM pilot program introduces youth to science and engineering through fun, engaging, hands-on experiments and activities. Members will learn by doing, with "Wow" scientific demonstrations including paper airplane experiments, creating atoms, exploring neutral buoyancy with words like "flink" and "hover flinker" and exploring the states of matter.  In addition members will engage in discussions about careers in STEM. 
What do Elephant Toothpaste, 
Hover Flinker, and GLOOP have 
in common? 
CareerLaunchTM is a career exploration and mentoring program for teens ages 13-18. This program includes the CareerLaunch Web site that allows teens to take an interest survey, explore careers, identify training or college requirements, seek out financial aid and play skills-building games. There's also an easy-to-use Career Exploration Quick Reference Guide with a broad range of career planning and job skills activities that Club staff or volunteers can use with teens. The CareerLaunch Portfolio contains a Teen Tips booklet with helpful interviewing and on-the-spot job tips. Funded by Gap Foundation.

Diplomas to Degrees / College Readiness for Teens
Thanks to the generous support of Toyota Financial Services and Darden Restaurants, Diplomas to Degrees (d2D), BGCA’s new college readiness program, 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.
Power Hour: Making Minutes Count
A comprehensive homework help and tutoring program, POWER HOUR is designed to raise the academic proficiency of Club members ages 6 to 12. 
Project Learn
Project Learn reinforces and enhances the skills and knowledge young people learn at school through "high-yield" learning activities at the Club and in the home. Based on Dr. Reginald Clark's research that shows fun, but academically beneficial activities increase academic performance, these activities include leisure reading, writing activities, homework help and games like Scrabble® which develop youth's cognitive skills. Project Learn emphasizes collaborations between Club staff, parents and school personnel. Formally evaluated by Columbia University, Project Learn has been proven to boost the academic performance of Club members. 

Rooted in Reading  
Rooted in Reading starts with BGCAA’s youngest members (ages 5-8 years). These emerging readers are exposed to a variety of award winning books. Guest readers will read out loud to the club members. Studies show reading to, and with, a child is the single most important way to help children get ready to read as it helps develop early literacy skills: print motivation, phonological awareness, vocabulary, narrative skills, print awareness and letter knowledge. Through our partnership with Barnes & Noble, these books will be downloaded onto Nooks. Exploring the technology of electronic readers, program participants will be able to experience the books as the Nook reads the story to them as well as being exposed to an aspect of technology. After hearing the stories and reading them on Nooks, club members participate in fun and engaging supplemental activities which reinforces the story as well as engages in extended learning. During the program Barnes & Noble donates books to our club members so they can create a personal library of their own.


The My.Future initiative transforms the way young people use technology in Clubs. Supported by Comcast, My.Future encourages youth to develop digital literacy and earn certifications, or digital badges, as they progress through the learning experiences. Starting with “Essentials,” My.Future provides Club youth with foundational technology skills, then advances to “Extensions” where youth could learn robotics, game design and even online journalism based on their interest pathways.
Money Matters: Make It Count 
Created with the Charles Schwab Foundation, this financial literacy program was designed specifically to help teens (ages 13 to18) expand their knowledge of money management and learn the skills that lead to financial independence and well-being. The Money Matters: Make It Count program consists of five components: Teen Personal Finance Guide, Program Facilitator's Guide, Money Matters Web site, Schwab Employee Volunteer Program and the Money Matters Awards. Via the volunteer component, Schwab employees can pass financial expertise to Club teens through their volunteer involvement. 

Teens at our Freetown Village Club have an opportunity to develop basic money management skills and get a head start on preparing for their financial future thanks to a $3,500 grant to run Money Matters: Make it Countâ„ , a program provided to teens nationwide by Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) and Charles Schwab Foundation. Learn More Here. 

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