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• Be Great: Graduate
BE GREAT: Graduate is BGCA’s dropout prevention program. Be Great: Graduate is a comprehensive strategy based on the University of Minnesota’s evidence-based model, Check and Connect. The strategy consists of three components: Mentor-Youth Relationship: A long-term, one-on-one mentoring relationship that is focused on building the youth’s belief that they can be successful in school and life. Intentional Tracking: Clubs gather attendance, behavior and course performance data from schools so interventions can be timely. Data should be accessed weekly and may require a formal agreement between Clubs and their local school partners. Enhanced Club-School-Home Partnership and Communication: Clubs and schools work together to share information and resources; Clubs work to engage parents in their child’s education. Club staff and volunteer mentors are trained to use strength-based strategies and problem solving techniques through strong relationships to support young people at risk for future school failure. With the generous funding from ConocoPhillips, founding sponsor AT&T, and the University of Phoenix, BGCA is providing grants to Clubs to help youth at risk of dropping out achieve academic success. Be Great: Graduate serves Club members ages 6-18 who demonstrate warning signs that put them at risk of dropping out of school. There is a targeted focus on middle school youth as research indicates reliable correlation of warning signs by this age.

• Club Tech
Club Tech is an ambitious, multi-year initiative that provides all Boys & Girls Clubs with state-of-the-art software!

Funded by founding partners Microsoft and Comcast, Club Tech programs teach members technical skills and integrate technology into core program areas. Each program emphasizes the safe, ethical use of technology and explores high-tech career options. Club Tech’s Software Donation Program offers free Microsoft software to fully-chartered Clubs for use in tech centers and for their administrative and marketing purposes. Each Club Tech program, described below, is found on myclubmylife.com, BGCA’s website for teens:

Skill Tech & Skill Tech II: Basic software, hardware and network skills are provided to users as an introduction to technology and its byproducts
Digital Arts Festival: Members can participate in local, regional and national digital art competitions. Each summer, national winners are recognized with a trip to a major U.S. city.
NetSmartz: BGCA and National Center for Missing & Exploited Children alliance on topics such as web safety, shopping online and web ethics.
Clay Tech: Clay animation provides members an educational, fun experience, exposing them to the art and science of creating animation.
Robo Tech: Robotics program introduces members to robotics and its ancillary components of electronics, mechanics and software. Game Tech: Club members learn the principles of game design and use those principles to create their own video games. Club Tech also provides professional development workshops for Club professionals, specialized training for technology center directors and online training sessions.

Club Tech programs serve members ages 6-18.


College Readiness for Teens

Diplomas 2 Degrees is BGCA’s college readiness, access and success program, which provides a range of services to help guide Club members through high school graduation and to help them make plans for post-secondary education and career success. The program features the following components:

The Facilitator’s Guide, for Club staff and volunteers, includes fun, high-yield activities about a variety of topics to help teens understand why college is important- academic preparation; guidance from mentors; searching for colleges; the application process; financial aid; and what to expect in college.
The Teen College Guide offers tips on achieving academic success and planning for post-secondary education. The guide also makes planning for college much easier by helping teens build a college admission portfolio.
The d2D supplemental website, housed on BGCA’s website for teens (myclubmylife.com/D2D), reinforces the learning from the curriculum. At any time, teens will be able to access resources and interactive tools to help them make plans to achieve their educational and career goals.

diplomas2Degrees serves Club members ages 13-18.