Education & Career

These programs help youth create aspirations for the future and provide opportunities for career exploration and educational enhancement. Our aim is to ensure that all Club members graduate from high school on time, ready for post-secondary education and a 21st Century career. Boys & Girls Club professionals are informal educators and strive to ensure that all Club youth, through their experiences at school and with the Club, are able to make good post-secondary education decisions. By implementing localized activities and strategies with rigor, emphasizing more intentional integration of programs across core program areas and conducting and sharing findings of evaluation efforts, the Boys & Girls Club combats problems that contribute to low high school graduation rates.

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.

CareerLaunchTM is a career exploration and mentoring program for teens ages 13 to 18. This program includes the CareerLaunch website that allows teens to take an interest survey, explore careers, identify training or college requirements, seek out financial aid and play skills-building games. There's also an easy-to-use Career Exploration Quick Reference Guide with a broad range of career planning and job skills activities that Club staff or volunteers can use with teens. The CareerLaunch Portfolio contains a Teen Tips booklet with helpful interviewing and on-the-spot job tips. Funded by Gap Foundation.

CLUBService program, the result of a partnership between Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the Corporation for National Service (AmeriCorps), provides education awards to Club members ages 17 and 18 and Club alumni ages 19 to 24 who serve their Clubs and communities. CLUBService recognizes young people's service, helps them access higher education opportunities, and encourages them to pursue future careers as Club professionals. Funded by AmeriCorps.

Goals For Graduation introduces Club members ages 6 to15 to the concept of academic goal setting. In one-on-one sessions with Club professionals, members set achievable "Know-I-Can" goals, more challenging "Think-I-Can" goals, and yearly "Believe-I-Can" goals. They then create action plans to achieve their set goals. The program provides recognition of members' achievements at every step of the journey. Funded by Macy's South and MetLife Foundation.

Junior Staff: Cultivating Tomorrow's Club Professionals Today is a program that assists Club members ages 13 to 18 to explore 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. Funded by AT&T.

Money Matters: Make It Count is a program created with the Charles Schwab Foundation. This financial literacy program was designed specifically to help teenagers, ages 13 to18, expand their knowledge of money management and learn the skills that lead to financial independence and well-being. The Money Matters: Make It Count program consists of five components: Teen Personal Finance Guide, Program Facilitator's Guide, Money Matters website, Schwab Employee Volunteer Program and the Money Matters Awards. As part of the volunteer component, Schwab employees can pass financial expertise to Club teens through their volunteer involvement. More...

Project Learn reinforces and enhances the skills and knowledge young people learn at school through "high-yield" learning activities at the Club and in the home. Based on Dr. Reginald Clark's research that shows fun but academically beneficial activities increase academic performance, these activities include leisure reading, writing activities, homework help, and games like Scrabble® which helps to develop cognitive skills. Project Learn emphasizes collaborations between Club staff, parents and school personnel. Formally evaluated by Columbia University, Project Learn has been proven to boost the academic performance of Club members.

Skill Tech: Basic Training is a hands-on program that appeals to members of all ages and technical abilities. Through three levels of animated lessons, available in English or Spanish exclusively online at, members participate in instructor-led group activities where they learn skills in various Microsoft software programs including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Publisher and Digital Image Pro. Funded by Microsoft Corporation.

Skill Tech II teaches advanced yet practical technology skills to Club members. It features three modules each composed of 8 sessions (available in English or Spanish exclusively online at for beginner, intermediate, and advanced skill levels. Participants learn about hardware identification and installation, networking, and technology related careers. Funded by Microsoft Corporation.



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