The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley provide diverse activities that meet the interest of all young people. Core programs encourage constructive activities with adults, peers and family members that enable kids to enhance self-esteem and fulfill their potential. Based on the physical, emotional, cultural and social needs and interests of boys and girls, and recognizing developmental principles, the Club offers a variety of out-of-school activities in the following areas:
These programs are designed to ensure that all Club members graduate from high school on time, ready for a post-secondary education and a 21st-century career. We want to help our members build a strong foundation to realize their goals. Our educational programs allow young people to explore their options and reach their full potential as a leader of tomorrow.
Career Launch 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. Teens build their job-search and job-readiness skills and have opportunities to learn about various career paths through post-secondary school visits and business tours.
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, including leisure reading, writing activities, discussions with knowledgeable adults, helping others, homework help, tutoring and games that develop young people’s cognitive skills. Project Learn also emphasizes parent involvement as well as collaboration between Club and school professionals.
Page Turners Literacy Tutoring program’s goal: to increase third grade reading ability for students at the bottom 20 percent of reading proficiency.
By fourth grade, students who cannot read proficiently are on the high school dropout track. The ability to read by the end of third grade is essential to increasing the number of children who succeed academically, graduate on time, and do well in life and the workforce.
Students in the Page Turners program meet weekly with certified teacher and volunteer tutors who cooperate with the student’s classroom teachers. The weekly meetings with caring adult tutors create strong bonds increasing the program’s impact as well.
Money Matters is designed to help teens with proper money management and provide them the skills to enter the working world. Teens learn how to open a savings account, how to be responsible with credit and debit cards, and much more.
Power Hour offers a structured time and place for Club staff, academic tutors and volunteers to help members understand and complete their homework assignments on time. Members are better prepared for classes and proud of their hard work and accomplishments. This program also helps members become self-directed, resourceful and independent learners.
The Club’s STEM programs empower youth to create new solutions to real-world challenges. Club members are developing a foundation of technology skills by exploring computer science, building mobile apps, designing robots, and more! This project-based approach develops digital-age literacy, inventive thinking, problem solving and other 21st century skills critical to success in the STEM workforce and beyond. After-school and summer learning environments provide unique opportunities to advance STEM knowledge and increase interest in STEM-related careers.
STEM Girls a girls-only science program. In addition to taking part in hands-in science, technology, engineering and math experiments, girls in the program will also learn from women in real-world STEM professional fields.
STRIDE Academy is a web-based learning program that incorporates math, reading and science into a fun gaming environment. The program is available at the Club through statewide Wisconsin After 3 funding. The goal of the program is to improve STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills among Club members in first through eighth grade.
More and more, companies rely on IT professionals as a crucial part of their businesses. “MegaBites,” a collaborative program with the Boys & Girls Club, Fox Valley Technical College, and the Appleton Area School District, teaches Club members about IT careers to increase their interest in STEM education.
Named by Club members, MegaBites has grown from one Boys & Girls Club site to five. Each semester IT professionals and volunteers teach Club members many exciting, hands-on learning experiences such as image editing, video creation, web development, IT security, and software coding.