Education and Career Development
Acquiring knowledge and developing a positive attitude toward learning while encouraging vocational competence through daily homework help, literacy programs, computer training, and employability skills training.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County has provided a wide variety of nationally recognized and impact driven programs throughout the years and partners with numerous other service providers, such as the Palm Beach County Health Department, Literacy Coalition, local universities, and many others to enhance the learning opportunities of the youth served.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County works with school administrators and certified teachers so students with the greatest need for academic assistance are encouraged to participate in the 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) initiative. This is a key component of the “No Child Left Behind” Act. It is an opportunity for students attending low performing schools to enhance and reinforce academic lessons of the regular school day, while allowing them to learn new skills and discover new opportunities after the regular school day has ended.
Tutorial services and academic enrichment activities are designed to help students meet local and state academic standards in subjects reading and math. Plus, 21st CCLC programs provide youth development activities, drug and violence prevention programs, technology education programs, art, music and recreation programs, counseling, and character education to enhance the academic component of the program.
Fun and engaging activities include: project-based learning, theater, robotics, ecology, music, dance, photography, computer programs, recreational activities and much more.
- Targets students from kindergarten through 12th grade.
- Targets students attending schools eligible for Title I School-Wide Program services and/or schools with at least 40% of the student body receiving free and reduced-price lunch.
- Eligible applicants include school districts (including charter schools), educational consortia, non-profit agencies, for profit agencies, city or county governments, faith-based organizations, institutions of higher education and consortiums of two or more such agencies.
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Power Hour is Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s homework help and tutoring program targeting members aged 6 to 18 years. The goal of Power Hour is to increase academic success to better prepare Club youth to enter the workforce and higher education institutions with the skills needed to compete globally.
Designed specifically to help kids and teens with homework, this program is available after school at Clubs. Dedicated youth development professionals and volunteers supervise each session and help youth members complete their assignments for the day. When they finish their work, they may choose to participate in a variety of other engaging and educational activities to develop their skills even further.
The Power Hour materials provide practical tips and best practices for recognition and incentives, behavior management, volunteer recruitment and training, collaboration with other organizations and use of technology and the Internet.Contact Us
Students do much better in school when they spend their non-school hours engaged in fun, but academically beneficial, activities. Through Project Learn, Club staff use all the areas and programs in the Club to create opportunities for these high-yield learning activities, including leisure reading, writing activities, discussions with knowledgeable adults, helping others, homework help, tutoring and games that develop young people’s cognitive skills. Project Learn also emphasizes parent involvement as well as collaboration between Club and school professionals.
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.
The Money Matters website helps teens build their money management skills through interactive activities, games and tools such as a savings and financial aid calculator to help them plan for college.
Financial education programs do make a difference in preparing teens for their future. Most of our teens report that Money Matters helped them become smarter about money.
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. They also work with teens individually or in small groups. Club teens, staff and volunteers explore careers, and search for jobs and college information. Mentoring, job shadowing and training opportunities round out the program.
IMPACT ON OUR YOUTH
One hundred percent of our members participate in our Academic Programs leading to an improvement in their science, math, and reading grades at school. Nearly all students (78%) reported receiving mostly A’s and B’s on their report cards. Further, students have greatly increased their knowledge of STEM disciplines. In fact, BGCPBC teams consistently come in the top three places in national Zero Robotics competitions.
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If you would like to support the Boys and Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County’s Youth of the Year program by becoming a sponsor, please contact us at (561) 683-3287.