Education & Career Development
Developing Globally Competitive Graduates & Building Job Skills and Career Paths
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.
Reading Intervention Program & the Boys & Girls Club of Bluffton Literacy Center of Excellence
Children who aren’t reading on grade level by third grade are more likely to never graduate high school. The Boys & Girls Club of Bluffton wants to ensure that children in our community are prepared for graduation and beyond with a strong foundation in reading and literacy.
In January 2014, the Boys & Girls Club of Bluffton initiated a comprehensive reading program for our 6 to 10-year-old members, led by a certified literacy instructor. It has continued to grow and mature since then. Last year alone we effectively assisted 97 (up from 74 in 2015) struggling readers.
Paws for Reading
Just when you thought the Boys & Girls Club of Bluffton couldn’t possibly get any cuter—we added dogs! Paws for Reading allows our 6 to 10-year-old members to practice reading aloud with their four-legged friends without fear of judgement from their peers. All dogs are have completed the Canine Good Citizenship® program through the American Kennel Club.
According to a study, “Minor Immediate Effects of a Dog on Children’s Reading Performance and Physiology” that tested the effects of dogs on kids who are learning to read, it was found that dogs have a positive impact, particularly in calming anxiety.
Power Hour: Making Minutes Count
Power Hour: Making Minutes Count provides Club professionals with the strategies, activities, resources and information to create an engaging homework help and tutoring program that encourages Club members of every age to become self-directed learners. For one hour Monday-Thursday, the Club shuts down for a full hour to allow members to complete their homework and get any help needed from staff and volunteers.
DIY STEM is a hands-on, activity-based STEM curriculum which connects youth to science themes they encounter regularly.
CareerLaunch is a job-readiness and career exploration program. Club members ages 14-18 are encouraged to assess their skills and interests, learn about different careers, make sound educational decisions and prepare to join our nation's workforce.
While CareerLaunch helps teens set career goals and improve their employability skills, the program also enables employers to try out talent for future full-time work, free staff from routine tasks, and enhance positive public relations in the community. CareerLaunch members host a job fair each year for all teenagers seeking summer employment.
Our Junior Staff program assists Club members ages 14-18 in exploring a career in youth or human services, particularly Boys & Girls Club work. Young people prepare for future roles as human services professionals by participating in career development activities, discovering the importance of community service, building customer service skills and completing a Club apprenticeship. The program develops Club members' interpersonal skill, work ethic and sense of community responsibility.
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.