Education & Career

Partnering with youth, parents, schools and stakeholders to help Club members thrive in school and prepare for a career

Education & Career Programs at the Club

Every Member, Every Year.
We have implemented the programmatic strategy Every Member, Every Year, designed so all Clubs no matter their size or resources can partner with youth, parents, schools, and other community stakeholders to implement at least one of three approaches: academic enrichment and school engagement, targeted dropout prevention, and intensive intervention and case management.

Our aim is to ensure all Club members graduate from high school on time, ready for post-secondary education and a 21st-century career.

Power Hour: Making Minutes Count.

Power Hour: Making Minutes Count helps Club members ages 6-18 achieve academic success by providing after-school homework help, tutoring and high-yield learning activities and encouraging members to become self-directed learners. 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.

Junior Staff: Cultivating Tomorrow’s Club Professionals Today.

The Junior Staff program helps prepare tomorrow’s leaders, by assisting 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. By implementing this program, the Club is making an investment in the development of Club members’ interpersonal skills, work ethic and sense of community responsibility. Helping today’s youth cultivate a passion for giving back to their community is a responsibility we treasure!

Project Learn.

Project Learn reinforces the academic enrichment and school engagement of young people during the time they spend at the Club. This strategy is based on research demonstrating that students do much better in school when they spend their non-school hours engaged in fun, academically beneficial activities.

Through Project Learn, Club staff use all the areas and programs in the Club to create opportunities for these high yielding 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. All in all, we’re developing a love for learning.

Project Learn also emphasizes parent involvement and collaboration between Club and school professionals as critical factors in creating the best after-school learning environment for Club members ages 6 to 18.

Summer Brain Gain.

Each summer in America, most youth lose about two months’ worth of math skills. Low-income youth also lose more than two months’ worth of reading skills, while their middle-class peers make slight gains. These summer learning losses can stack up from year to year, causing low-income children to fall further and further behind, ultimately endangering their chances of high school graduation.

Summer Brain Gain’s one-week modules provide members of all ages with fun, themed activities aligned with common core anchor standards. Supported by Disney, 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.

Money Matters.

Designed with the understanding that financial decisions young people make today will impact their future, Money Matters: Make it Count pairs youth with supportive Club mentors and volunteers to develop the financial skills that can lead to workplace readiness, lifelong financial stability and overall success.

The program teaches teens ages 13-18 how to set goals, budget, save, and invest. In addition to staff-led financial literacy sessions, young people practice their financial decision-making skills through fun, engaging digital tools and games and via digital financial literacy tools on MyFuture – a social media platform featuring activities from Boys & Girls Club programs. Teens who complete Money Matters show improved financial management skills, including saving money and sticking to a budget.


diplomas2Degrees (d2D), a college readiness program for members 13+, guides Club members as they work toward high school graduation and prepare for post-secondary education and career success. d2D helps teens develop both short- and long-term goals while familiarizing them with post-secondary education through experiences like college tours. d2D also assists youth in securing financial aid and fosters supportive relationships with adults who can provide support throughout the college experience.