Boys & Girls Clubs of Arlington
Academic Success Youth Programs

Power Hour

Power Hour is our homework assistance program for youth ages 6-12. During Pour Hour, extended learning opportunities and educational enrichment activities, focused on homework completion, help improve the academic performance of our youth as well as encourage them to graduate from high school, pursue a post-secondary education and develop a lifelong love of learning. 

 

Project Learn

Project Learn incorporates and reinforces learning in a variety of “high-yield learning activities”. Learning is not limited to the education room. Learning expands into the gym with fun sports related games that teach math skills or art projects that teach poetry or geometric shapes. The program is based on Dr. Reginald Clark’s research showing 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 leisure reading, writing activities, discussions with knowledgeable adults, helping others, homework help and tutoring and games like Scrabble that develop young people’s cognitive skills. Project Learn also emphasizes parent involvement and collaboration between Club staff and school personnel which are critical factors in creating the best after-school learning environment for Club members. Extensively field-tested and formally evaluated by Columbia University with funding from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, Project Learn has been proven to boost the academic performance of Club members.

 

PBS

Project Bright Star (PBS) is one-on-one tutoring for identified students in grades 1-6.  Members are identified by having an at-risk grade of 75% or below in Reading, English, Writing, and Math.  Tutoring sessions are done weekly during the school year with a volunteer, teen mentor, or staff member.  Session include individual tutoring, learning drills (like flash cards), academic games (such as BINGO Math), computers, and crafts (such as using alphabet noodles to create pictures).  The tutors are encouraged to take the tutoring lesson out into the other areas of the Club where they may play “Spelling Pool” (in which the student must spell a word for each pool ball he/she hits in a pocket).  In addition to tutoring, PBS students are able to work with ISD schoolteachers once a week and attend special field trips to libraries & museums.

 

CareerLaunch

CareerLaunch is the BGCA’s premier career development program providing a range of services to help Club members ages 15-18 develop the skills essential for workforce success. This includes not only getting and keeping a job, but also finding a career that fits each member’s interests and talents. Locally, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Arlington teens participate in job shadowing events hosted by supporters such as Old Navy and JP Morgan.

 

Junior Staff Career Development

Junior Staff Career Development is a comprehensive small-group program designed to promote leadership development and career preparation. We provide our teens with services and programs that prepare them for career success as well as develop a strong sense of civic responsibility and a lifelong commitment to serving others.