Education & Career Development Programs
Studies show that youth who are involved in after school programs are 79% more likely to be connected to school, less likely to skip class and have positive attitudes in middle school and beyond.
Education and Career Development programs are designed to keep kids engaged in learning beyond school doors by capturing attention through age-appropriate, education-based play focused on Science, Technology, Education, Arts and Mathematics/Movement – helping them find their path to a great future.
This is an ongoing project at all of our locations in which Club Staff use all areas and programs in the Club to create opportunities for high-yield learning activities – which includes leisure reading, writing activities, discussions with knowledgeable adults, helping others, homework help and other activities that develop cognitive skills.
This program helps Club members achieve academic success by providing homework help, tutoring and high-yield learning activities while encouraging members to become self-directed learners. We believe in the power of education and have a wonderful Power Hour Program at each of our locations every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday during the school year. Power Hour is monitored by Club Staff and volunteers, both of which assist our kids with questions, extra credit and improving their homework and study habits. In addition to the satisfaction of completing homework and available extra credit, our Club Members are given points for attending Power Hour which can be used at our Club Store.
Junior Staff is a small-group program that is both practical and user friendly. It assists Club members ages 10 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. Clubs that implement this program make an investment in the development of Club members’ interpersonal skills, work ethic and sense of community responsibility.
Our Junior Staff Members are:
- 10 years or older
- A good citizen at the Boys & Girls Clubs
Learning how to manage money is a great way to start making the most of life. Money Matters promotes financial responsibility and independence among Club members. Participants not only learn essential money management skills, they also learn about investing in their education, starting savings accounts and taking charge of their financial future. Our Money Matters program is graciously run by volunteers from our local Washington Federal Bank.
In conjunction with Skill Tech, this program teaches our members the importance of safety on the Internet.