BGC Week

Equity & Inclusion

Today’s #BGCWeek theme is Equity & Inclusion. At the Boys & Girls Club, we maintain an environment that welcomes all children, no matter who they are, where they come from, or what their situation is. The purpose of the Boys & Girls Club is for kids to have a place they can call home outside of their real home.

Since 1941, the Boys & Girls Club Movement has celebrated National Boys & Girls Club Week by recognizing the invaluable service Clubs bring to communities and sharing how great futures start at Boys & Girls Clubs.

Education & Career Readiness

Today’s theme for #BGCWeek is Education & Career Readiness. At BGCWC we have a lot of programs to help our kids with their education and homework as well as programs to help teens get ready for careers. You can learn more about those programs below.

Power Hour (After School Homework Time)

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.

Designed specifically to help kids and teens with homework, this program is available after school at Clubs. Dedicated youth development professionals and volunteers supervise each session and help youth members complete their assignments for the day. When they finish their work, they may choose to participate in a variety of other engaging and educational activities to develop their skills even further.

Power Hour is a great opportunity for kids and teens to get their homework completed in a quiet place with support from trained, caring staff at a Boys & Girls Club.

Summer Brain Gain

Summer Brain Gain is comprised of one-week modules with fun, themed activities for elementary school, middle school and high school students that are aligned with common core anchor standards. Supported by Disney, each module takes a project-based learning approach: youth engage in a process of learning through discovery, creative expression, group work and a final project or production. As a result, kids develop higher-order thinking skills through the Summer Brain Gain modules while staying on track for the coming school year.

DIY S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math)

DIY STEM is a hands-on, activity-based STEM curriculum which connects youth aged 9 to 12 to science themes they encounter regularly. Special attention is paid to connections of theory and application and the common interactions members have with these scientific principles. DIY STEM currently includes five modules: Energy and ElectricityEngineering DesignFood ChemistryScience of Sports: Football.

Career Launch

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. Club staff or volunteers help teens build their job-search skills and job readiness by using the CareerLaunch Facilitator Guide and working with teens individually or in small groups. The CareerLaunch page provides Club teens, staff and volunteers with online career exploration, college and job search information and interactive activities. Mentoring, job shadowing and training opportunities round out the program.

Health & Wellness

Today’s theme is Health & Wellness! Here at the BGCWC we teach classes on good nutrition and healthy habits. We have a garden behind our facility maintained by the OSU Washington County Extension, for our kids to learn how to grow different vegetables and learn how to take care of them so they can grow their own healthy food at home.

We are currently on a waiting list for our summer program BUT if you want to see what our club is like, feel free to stop by anytime and say hi!

Out of School Time

This week is #BGCWeek and today we are highlighting out of school time. At the Boys & Girls Club of Washington County we serve about 60 kids a day in our after school program! We focus on helping students with homework, planning fun but educational activities, and providing additional material or elaborating on information that teaches might not be able to give students one-on-one in a large classroom.

At the Boys & Girls Club we have a great impact on the kids that come through our doors. You can find out what kind of impact Clubs here.

Make sure to come back tomorrow for another theme for #BGCWeek!