Education & Career development
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Fresno County offers educational programs after school each day. These programs help members to create aspirations for their future, provide them with opportunities for career exploration and enhance their education experience. This core program area enables youth to become proficient in basic educational disciplines, apply learning to everyday situations and embraces technology to achieve success in a career.
Project Learn reinforces and enhances the skills and knowledge young people learn at school during the ours they spend at the Club. This comprehensive program strategy 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 of program 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 and tutoring and games like Scrabble that develop young people’s cognitive skills.
Power Hour: Making Minutes Count
Power Hour: Making Minutes Count helps Club members ages 6-18 achieve academic success by providing homework help, tutoring and high-yield learning activities and encouraging members to become self-directed learners. Everyday after school each Club designates time for completing daily homework and some members may earn points, Club bucks, and school supplies for reaching their homework goals.
This fun and exciting program prepares teens for the working world. Club teens 13-18 years old embark on a journey to explore careers, make sound educational decisions and find success in the world of work. Members learn how to complete resumes, interviews, and employment applications. The program, contains 22 competency based, small-group activities that are organized into four units. A pre and post assessment tool is included to determine individual participants’ achievement of the learning objectives and to document results of the program.
Junior Staff: Cultivating Tomorrow’s Club Professionals Today
This program prepares teens ages 13-18 for career in Boys & Girls Clubs and/ore other service professions. Through participation in the Junior Staff program, teens will develop interpersonal skills, a strong work ethic and a sense of community engagement while experiencing on-the-job Club work. It is a chock-full of practical tips and self-exploration activities that will help teens as Junior Staffers and beyond as they pursue long-term career goals.
Money Matters: Make It Count
Money Matters promotes financial responsibility and independence among Club members ages 13-18 by building their basic money management skills. Participants learn how to manage a checking account, budget, save and invest. They also learn about starting small businesses and paying for college. Money Matters features three components. The Teen Personal Finance Guide is a fun, attractive booklet containing practical tips and activities to help teens learn the important skills of balancing a checkbook, creating a budget and saving and investing for college and retirement.
Books for Bikes
Members have the opportunity to earn a bike, bike lock, and helmet at the end of each summer for reading. Staff help members set summer reading goals, choose books, and plan a reading schedule. Every year more and more members become interested in reading during the summer because of this program.
Club Tech: Skill Tech
Skill Tech is a basic computer skills program that develops Club members’ proficiency with work processing, spreadsheet and other productivity software through fun, hands-on, engaging lessons and projects for four age groups.
Club Tech: Skill Tech II
A Club Tech Advanced Skills Program that teaches advanced yet practical technology skills to Club members ages 6-18. Using animated, interactive tutorials on courseware developed exclusively for Club members as well as hands-on, instructor-led group activities, the program introduces members to hardware and networking skills and technology-related opportunities.
Youth for Unity – It’s All of Us!
Youth for Unity is a diversity awareness program for members ages 6-18. Members learn how to understand their uniqueness and appreciate the diversity of our society. They learn not to make judgments based on how others look but seek to know them. They learn to identify bias and unfairness around them and encourage others to do what is right. They learn to treat everyone with respect and learn to make a difference.
Comcast Digital Connectors® offers the knowledge and skills required for young people to be successful learners, workers and leaders in the 21st century. The Comcast Digital Connectors program is a youth development movement that engages teens and young adults, ages 14-21 in leadership development, media education, life skills management and community service. By learning and involving themselves in their respective communities, thinking critically about
how media affects their lives, producing their own creative media about important issues, and practicing team-building and leader ship skills, youth are able to master technical competencies and practice lifelong principles that inspire educational advancement, workforce preparation and local or global citizenry.