Academics & Careers
Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver’s Academics & Careers programs offer the perfect solution for helping low-income kids overcome the achievement and opportunity gap. It’s more than just reading, writing and problem solving. It’s exploring, experimenting and expanding upon the lessons learned during the school day that helps our Club members succeed in the real world. We don’t just help kids get good grades; we help them get inspired and empowered to build a better future for themselves. Educationally-enriching activities in every area of the Club – from the art room, to the gym, to the tech lab – are built on deliberate skill-building to complement Club members’ traditional academic instruction and spark young people’s passions.
By the time they reach 6th grade, middle class kids have likely spent 6,000 more hours learning than kids born into poverty. Through engaging academic and career programs, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver is filling the learning gap faced by many of the kids and families we serve.
A year-round reading program for members of all ages. Kids read books, take short quizzes to test reading comprehension, and receive incentives for their participation and progression.
Each of our Clubs are equipped with a Technology Center that offers daily activities and programs designed to develop members’ skills in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects. Our goals are to provide youth with access to technology, develop members’ technical skills, promote workforce readiness by increasing career options for young people, and support members’ academic performance.
Each day after school, our education specialist and dedicated volunteers help Club members become more successful in school by providing homework help, tutoring and by encouraging members to become self-directed learners.
Our Cultural Arts programs help Club members enhance self-expression and creativity, develop multicultural appreciation, and develop skills in crafts and visual, performing and literary arts.
PATHWAYS TO SUCCESS
Members of Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver now have the unique opportunity to explore careers and fields of study through Pathways to Success. Pathways to Success guides Club members in identifying career options and help them select relevant courses of study based on their own interests and motivations.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver provides our Club members with tools and resources for applying to, paying for and understanding the college experience. Club members also get opportunities to visit college campuses and sit in on college courses.
Boys & Girls Club offers teens the chance to be employed as leaders throughout the Club, building life skills and applying academic skills in a real-world context. While working at the Clubs as junior staff, participants learn valuable job skills for future careers while they run the front desk, supervise the game room, and maintain the membership tracking system.
MONEY MATTERS – MAKE IT COUNT
A program for Club members ages 13 – 18, sponsored by the Charles Schwab Foundation, promoting financial responsibility and independence by building basic money management skills. Learn more about the program at www.moneymattersmakeitcount.com.
SPECIAL EVENTS & PROGRAMS
This includes events such as Statewide Education Day (with geography, spelling, math, science, and trivia contests), International Day, Techzilla and a variety of educational games.