In order to achieve academic and professional success, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plain prepares our members to become proficient in basic educational disciplines, apply learning to everyday situations and embrace technology.
Junior Staff Career Development
Junior Staff Career Development is a practical small-group program that assists Club teens, ages 13–18, in exploring a career in youth development or other human services, with a particular focus on Boys & Girls Club work. This program aims to mold a qualified, competent and committed workforce needed to fulfill the mission of Boys & Girls Club Movement.
Money Matters is a financial literacy program that uses interactive activities and exercises to educate teens, ages 13–18, on practical financial matters, including managing a checking account, budgeting, saving, investing and paying for college.
CareerLaunch 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.
Power Hour Sponsored by TowneBank
Homework completion is a critical component of young people’s academic success. Power Hour is an interactive homework help and tutoring program that encourages Club members, ages 6–18, to become self-directed learners. The short-term goal of this program is to help young people develop academic, behavioral and social skills through homework completion; the long-term goal is to ensure that youth graduate from high school, pursue post-secondary educations and become life-long learners.
STEM Computer Science
While learning to code, imitating algorithmic processes, and designing original technologies, members build key social and emotional skills like teamwork, perseverance, and the ability to identify and solve problems.
The CS Pathway is designed to guide members through a series of increasingly challenging activities, including:
Summer Brain Game
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. 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.
Club Academy is a BGCCP program designed to address the critical importance of reading proficiently by third grade. Third grade reading proficiency is highly correlated with later academic success and failure, including school dropout, delinquency, and early pregnancy. This program is unique in its triple application in the school, the Club, and at home. Club Academy reinforces the essential skills of reading in a fun and engaging format to also stimulate a love of reading. For more information about Club Academy, watch the video here: Club Academy Video
We know that early literacy supports academic achievement, graduation rates, and future earning potential. WORD Force offers opportunities for children to learn and practice skills for early reading. As the commander of the WORD Force, a motley group of superheroes and fun characters, children will develop strong foundational reading skills. Through this academic enrichment program, learners of all abilities feel empowered and, more importantly, joyful along their literacy journey.