+ 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.

+ Diplomas2Degrees

Diplomas 2 Degrees is Boys & Girls Clubs of America’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.

+ Junior Staff

Junior Staff is a small-group program that is both practical and user friendly. It 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. Clubs that implement this program make an investment in the development of Club members’ interpersonal skills, work ethic and sense of community responsibility.

+ Money Matters: Make it Count

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.

Money Matters: Make it Count helps teens gain useful knowledge and skills on various aspects of financial literacy, including budgeting, saving and investing, credit and debt, entrepreneurship and planning for college. Money Matters is made possible through funding from Charles Schwab Foundation. The program features the following components:

The Teen Personal Finance Guide is a fun, innovative and useful tool for teens. It includes the important skills of balancing a checkbook, creating a budget and investing for college and retirement. The guide also provides teens with basic entrepreneurship information for those interested in starting businesses. The Facilitator’s Guide contains basic financial concepts that the Club staff and volunteers can use to help teens understand the benefits of effective money management. Easy-to-implement small-group activities can usually be completed in less than an hour and help to supplement and reinforce the information in the Teen Personal Finance Guide. The Money Matters Website is an interactive, engaging tool on which teens will learn to monitor their spending habits, make sound budgeting and investment decisions, gain knowledge about starting a business, and use a savings and financial aid calculator to plan for college.

The Money Matters Volunteer Program provides Schwab professionals with an opportunity to volunteer at the Clubs and share their financial expertise with teenage Club members and their families.

Money Matters: Make it Count serves Club members ages 13-18.

+ Power Hour: Making Minutes Count

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.

The goal of Power Hour: Making Minutes Count is to help young people develop academic, behavioral and social skills through homework completion, high-yield learning activities and tutoring.

Power Hour helps Boys & Girls Clubs in their mission to provide an outcome-driven Club Experience that helps young people achieve academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. When Boys & Girls Clubs offer extended learning opportunities and educational enrichment programming during the non-school hours, they help improve young people’s academic performance and encourage them to graduate from high school, pursue a post-secondary education and develop a lifelong love of learning. Homework completion is a critical component of young people’s academic success.

Power Hour serves Club members ages 6-18.

+ Skill Tech: Basic Training

Skill Tech: Basic Training is an engaging, hands-on program that appeals to members of all ages and technical abilities through three levels of animated online lessons (in either English or Spanish) and instructor-led group activities.

Skill Tech: Basic Training, a Club Tech program funded by founding partners Microsoft and Comcast, teaches Club members advanced, yet practical technology skills. Members explore not just what computers do, but also how they work. Through three levels of animated, interactive lessons and hands-on, instructor-led group activities, members learn skills for Microsoft software including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Publisher and digital imagine software. The online lessons can be delivered in English or Spanish.

+Skill Tech II

Skill Tech II teaches advanced, yet practical, technology skills to Club members. It features eight-session modules in either English or Spanish for beginner, intermediate and advanced skill levels.

Skill Tech II, a Club Tech program, funded by founding partners Microsoft and Comcast, is designed to teach advanced yet practical technology skills to Club members. Using animated, interactive tutorials and hands-on, instructor-led group activities, members explore not just what computers do but how they work. Participants learn about hardware, networking and basic programming languages. They survey career and education opportunities in technology-related fields and learn to make informed consumer decisions about high-tech products and services. The safe, ethical use of technology is emphasized throughout the program.

Skill Tech II serves Boys & Girls Club members ages 6-18.

+Indiana Kids

Focused on improving proficiency in reading and math, 2,000 eligible youth are identified for participation in a variety of programs presented throughout the state of Indiana.

The Indiana Kids program provides education, youth development and career exploration services. The program is focused on improving proficiency in reading and math, and enables Club members to develop the daily habit of completing homework in a safe, quiet and supportive atmosphere, supervised by staff who offer both encouragement and assistance. Activities are provided in both group and individual settings.

The youth will participate in homework help, tutoring/mentoring sessions and career exploration in an effort to increase their academic achievement and knowledge of career opportunities. Participants are also offered ten career exploration activities during a sixteen-week session, which will include field trips and career professional guest speakers.

+21st Century Community Learning Centers

The Indiana Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs hosts three 21st CCLC sites: Boys & Girls Clubs of Lawrence County, Lide White Memorial Boys and Girls Club, and Boys & Girls Club of Rush County. We serve 310 children daily with enhanced education and recreation activities.

The 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) program is a federally funded program that provides at-risk students a safe environment during non-school hours. This program may have one or multiple centers/sites, which may be located in schools, community centers, or faith-based facilities. All centers must provide a range of high-quality services to support regular school-day academics and development, including, but not limited to: tutoring and mentoring, academic enrichment (e.g. homework assistance, reading, math, science and technology programs), service learning, character education, physical education and recreational activities, and dropout prevention. The 21st CCLC program must also engage adult family members in actively participating with students through educational and personal development opportunities.