The Power Hour program provides every attending member with a Monday through Thursday, 45 minute rotation devoted to homework completion. The leaders are available to assist with questions, supplies, or encouragement. After homework is finished, members have the opportunity to read independently or work on education-oriented activities and challenges. As the year progresses, we continue to monitor and assist those who need individual help.
Homework Club, which meets the same days as Power Hour, serves those who need more time, instruction, or practice than is available in a regular Power Hour session. The lower leader-to-member ratio has fostered an equal amount of voluntary member attendance and parent/guardian requests. As report cards are issued, this program is also used for students with D’s and F’s. We have seen that completion and consistent accuracy are excellent ways to improve these hazardous grades.
CareerLaunch *HS Teen Center Only
CareerLaunch, BGCA’s premier job-readiness and career-preparation program for youth aged 13 to 18, offers a variety of activities to hone teens’ decision-making, problem-solving and critical-thinking skills. This comprehensive program introduces young people to the world of work and provides the tools they need to prepare for a career. The program gives youth the chance to explore various careers based on their interests and talents, helps them determine the corresponding educational path they need to pursue, and guides them in mapping out a plan for their future.
Diplomas2Degrees *HS Teen Center Only
The d2D program is designed to guide and prepare teen members for post-secondary education so they can gain the knowledge and skills needed to develop and maintain successful careers. The d2D program is developed with the specific goal of preparing youth for further education in trade school, community college or a four-year college or university.
Art *Summer as well
At the club, we love to see the individual creativity and imagination of our members! Our Art program seeks to give a variety of opportunities to try new mediums, develop new skills, and experiment with new art techniques and ideas. Grades K through 2 work on guided projects and activities that target gross and fine motor skill development, comprehension of abstract concepts, and exploration of personal imagination and abilities. Grades 3 and up use a set curriculum to explore history, techniques, varied mediums, and the importance of personal expression in art. Each group’s time is designed to encourage both group and individual creativity and achievement with one-of-a-kind craft projects and art experiments. We are learning that the world of art is a wonderful way to observe details, communicate feelings, and enjoy expressing personal talents. Traditional and unique art methods, materials, and displays have made this a special time where many members discover their uniquely creative abilities.
Tutoring enables us to take our specialized help a step further. We concentrate on those members whose grades show a consistent struggle with reading and math. Volunteers from the community spend between one and four hours a week helping the member they are paired with to complete daily assignments, review core principles, and increase comprehension and confidence.
The Walking Classroom is a North Carolina-based program that uses a podcast setup to combine 20 minute walks with interactive lessons on a variety of topics that align with Common Core standards. Fourth and fifth grade classes use the program several months each as a supplement to both academic and health programming.
Barks & Books
Barks & Books is a once-a-week program for our second and third grade members. We have partnered with a local business, Wild Dog Training, to offer these members an opportunity to read to dogs. Each participating member is paired with a volunteer and their pet to spend one-on-one time reading, relaxing, getting to know their furry friend.
Lyricism 101- offered every other year
Lyricism 101 gives teens an opportunity to tell their stories, build community and express their artistic visions through the music of hip-hop culture and the culture of the cipher. With this program, we commit to cultivating and amplifying the powerful, formidable voices of Club teens. Recognizing the power of literary arts, Lyricism 101 positions Club members as torchbearers and experts in the ancient oral poetic traditions that continue to thrive around the world. Thus, teens may also see themselves as the experts – and leaders of positive change – in their own lives and communities.
Introduction to Computer Science-offered every other year
D.E.A.R *Summer only
- D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything And Read) is a daily rotation that uses group and individual goals to prevent summer reading loss. Group plans are set according to grade levels and reading is assigned based on the previous year’s reading levels. Younger groups focus on read-aloud times and comprehension, while elementary groups combine read-aloud time and individual reading challenges each week. Middle school members will all be participating in a “book club” as well as individual reading goals. Having an on-site library gives much encouragement to members to get involved in reading selections in which they are interested. Additional trips to the county library give a greater selection and a new atmosphere in which reading can be a positive experience.
Brain Gain *Summer only
Brain Gain provides an energetic and planned environment that helps members retain academic progress made during the previous school year. In addition, we seek to introduce members to areas of personal ability previously unrecognized. Members participate in Brain Gain twice each week, participating in topic reviews and activities that target needs identified by school teachers and Club leaders.
S.T.E.A.M. *Summer only
- S.T.E.A.M. allows members to discover and explore the fields of science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics. Using a curriculum developed by the Rozzy Learning Company, the summer will be spent practicing STEAM skills and learning about related careers. Each session will provide a new, hands-on activity that will allow members to realize their own potential and success.