The CLUB: Teens & Tweens
Preparing for a Successful Future After High School
The CLUB is a space within the Boys & Girls Club of Bluffton created especially for teens and tweens, apart from our younger members. It is a safe place where our teens and tweens can be themselves without feeling the pressure of being judged. At The CLUB, teens and tweens have access to resources and experiences that expose them to a world of opportunities. Plus, The CLUB is a comfortable place to hang out with friends, connect with caring mentors and participate in fun activities like sports, arts and volunteerism.
There are many teens and tweens in the greater Bluffton area in desperate need of something positive to do that is a meaningful alternative to the all too prevalent options of crime and drugs. More and more of our young people need the Boys & Girls Club of Bluffton more than ever because they have no other place to go. This set of circumstances places our teens in a highly vulnerable position.
The Boys & Girls Club of Bluffton is committed to serving teens, tweens and young adults with programs geared toward their needs and interests.
In collaboration with USCB students Creative Writing Organization we are launching Think Ink. Think Ink is a program geared towards self-expression through poetry and proses. These amazing Authors of The Pen are thrilled to be working with the members each week.
Khan Academy (KA) is a math tutoring program used to teach math and other subjects (math, science, social studies). Members work at their own pace and level, with individualized materials provided within Khan Academy to help each member get to grade level and then meet or exceed all standards. Tutors are to provide additional guidance as needed. This program is ran each academic quarter and supports “Academic Success”, a priority outcome of the BGCA “Formula for Impact.”
(Pursuing & Achieving Grammatically Enhancing Skills
Pursing & Achieving Grammatically Enhancing Skills (P.A.G.E.S.) is a new extension of the reading program aimed at assisting middle school and high school students within the club whom may not be reading at level. Each reading session will be done aloud, as to give participants the opportunity to practice their reading and annunciation skills. Along with reading the book, the group will also cover vocabulary terms, literary devices, character arcs & story arcs.
Explorers: Learning for Life
Explorers: Learning for Life, funded by the Berkeley Hall Charitable Foundation and the Hampton Lake Tiger Bass Race, is designed to enhance the lives of teens ages 12-18 by exposing them to careers in law enforcement, character-building volunteer work and discipline through routine physical training. The Explorer program has been a platform from which countless young adults have launched successful careers in law enforcement, public safety, military, criminal justice and other fields at local, county, state and federal levels.
A major component of the Explorer program is a strict and regimented two-week summer boot camp that takes place on weekdays from 5 a.m.-5 p.m. This boot camp includes daily physical training, drill and ceremony practice, as well as class time lead by service-oriented volunteers from the Bluffton Police Department. The program concludes with a special graduation ceremony at the Bluffton Police Department for all teens completing the rigorous curriculum.
V.I.S.A. (Voting, Impact, Student, Awareness)
V.I.S.A (Voting Impact Student Awareness) empowers students to understand the electoral process, the importance of voting, the history of gaining the right to vote, understanding electoral terms/vocabulary and the use of social media to influence voting trends. It also provides the opportunity for participants to become personally engaged in the voting process by becoming Poll Mangers/workers.
Torch Club is a chartered, small-group leadership and service club for boys and girls ages 11-13. Torch Club is a powerful vehicle that helps Club staff meet the special character development needs of younger adolescents at a critical stage in their life.
Keystoning is the Boys & Girls Club Movement’s ultimate teen program for youth ages 14-18. This unique program provides leadership development opportunities for youth to participate in activities, both in and out of the Club, in three focus areas: academic success, career preparation and community service. With the guidance of an adult adviser, Keystone Clubs aim to positively impact teens, their Club and local communities.
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.