Education & Career

EDUCATION & CAREER

These programs help youth create aspirations for the future, providing opportunities for career exploration and educational enhancement. 

All Academic Success initiatives are sponsored in part by the United Way of Southwestern New Mexico.  
*Please note: We have multiple program offerings available through Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Programs described below consist of the menu of offerings we may provide. Although we run several of these programs and others throughout the year, the list below does not necessarily reflect the programs that are currently being ran. 
 
Project Learn reinforces the academic enrichment and school engagement of young people during the time they spend at the Club. Through Project Learn, Club staff use all the areas and programs in the Club to create opportunities for these high-yield learning activities, which include leisure reading, writing activities, discussions with knowledgeable adults, helping others, homework help, tutoring and games (such as Scrabble), that develop young people’s cognitive skills.
Power Hour: Making Minutes Count provides Club professionals with the strategies, activities, resources and information to create an engaging homework help and tutoring program that encourages Club members at every age to become self-directed learners. Club members participate in Power Hour daily after-school to ensure homework completion upon parent pick-up.
Junior Staff assists Club members ages 13 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
Money Matters promotes financial responsibility and independence among Club members ages 13 to 18. Participants learn how to manage a checking account, create a budget, save and invest, start small businesses and pay for college.
DIY STEM is a hands-on, activity-based STEM curriculum which connects youth 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. 
The My.Future initiative transforms the way young people use technology in Clubs. My.Future encourages youth to develop digital literacy and earn certifications, or digital badges, as they progress through the learning experiences. My.Future helps youth understand their media world, identify and develop digital interests, ,and earn certifications as they make progress.
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 working with teens individually or in small groups. Mentoring, job shadowing and training opportunities round out the program.
Graduate for Más is a program track offered to Club members in partnership with Taco Bell Foundation, as an extension of Taco Bell Foundation’s national initiative that provides tools and resources to teens while tracking their progress toward graduation and life goals.
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. Club members participate in high-yield activities and have access to a Teen College Guide, complete with tips on achieving academic success and planning for post-secondary education.  
Summer Brain Gain is a fun, educational program that aims to prevent summer learning loss and keep kids on track for the coming school year. The program is comprised of modules with themed activities for elementary school, middle school and high school students. 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.
Summer Brain Gain: READ! is a 12-week summer reading program to improve the reading skills of youth with a new book presented each week per age group, along with supporting activities. In addition to two 30-minute reading sessions each week, Club members complete fun activities that bring the book to life.

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