Education & Career Programs

Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County - Programs, Education - CareerAcquiring knowledge and developing a positive attitude toward learning while encouraging vocational competence through daily homework help, literacy programs, computer training, and employability skills training.

National BGCA Programs

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County works with school administrators and certified teachers to ensure the students with the greatest need for academic assistance are encouraged to participate in the 21st CCLC program.


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Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County has implemented the programmatic strategy Every Member, Every Year, designed so that 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 that all Club members graduate from high school on time, ready for a post-secondary education and a 21st-century career.



Power Hour - Committed to helping youth excel academically and graduate from high school, Ross Stores is a national sponsor of Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Power Hour, an interactive after-school homework assistance program for members, ages 6 to 18. As a part of this partnership, Ross Stores is underwriting the implementation of Power Hour at certain Boys & Girls Clubs across the country. Additionally, Ross Stores is supporting local Clubs at select Ross Dress for Less and dd’s DISCOUNTS grand opening events, and encouraging associate volunteerism at Clubs. The program helps Club members be more successful in school by providing homework help and tutoring as well as encouraging members to become self-directed learners. 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.



Project Learn -reinforces and enhances the skills and knowledge that young people learn at school through fun, yet academically beneficial activities and games such as Spelling and Math Bees, JEOPARDY, SCRABBLE, BOGGLE, and PALM BEACHOPOLY. 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, 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, 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. 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.   



Money Matters - 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.

Program Components
· The Money Matters Facilitator’s Guide provides Club staff and volunteers with basic financial information and instructions for the small-group activities that are easy to implement.
· The fun, attractive Teen Personal Finance Guide contains practical tips and activities to help teens learn to balance a checkbook, create a budget and save and invest for college and retirement.
· 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.

Program Impact
A recent evaluation of 1,600 teens from more than 100 Boys & Girls Clubs demonstrated the Money Matters program helped them become smarter about money. Youth showed improvement on 94% of survey questions asked before and after taking the program in their Club.

The infographic “Building Teens’ Sense About Their Dollars” highlights findings from the evaluation and demonstrates that financial education programs do make a difference in preparing teens for their future.
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Career Launch - Preparing teens for our nation's workforce. 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 and working with teens individually or in small groups. The CareerLaunch page provides Club teens, staff and volunteers with online career exploration, college and job search information and interactive activities. Mentoring, job shadowing and training opportunities round out the program.

Diplomas to Degrees (d2D)- Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Diplomas to Degrees (d2D) program is one element of its Academic Success Strategy, BGCA’s response to the crisis in American education today. Nearly one-third of high school students failed to graduate on time in 2010.

The d2D program – part of a larger movement geared to encourage Club members toward academic success, high school graduation, goal-setting and college readiness – is designed to guide and prepare teen members for post-secondary education so they can gain the knowledge 



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.




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