Four quick activities to refocus youth and adjust energy levels that don't need any materials or preparation
New data from The Trevor Project on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health shines a light on why Pride is still important, plus resources from BGCA and others to support your work.
Resources for those who work with youth on coping with crisis for teens, younger youth, and en Español
Learn the statistics on youth who have lost a parent or caregiver to COVID, and get resources to help support their grieving process.
Hear teens share what high-quality programming afterschool means to them, featuring our friends at VOX ATL
Ideas for crafts, games, books, and more to help you celebrate the Lunar New Year in your afterschool programming.
Four of BGCA's best resources to help your Club or Youth Center programming staff to be successful in 2022.
Resources to help guide youth through tough conversations about school shootings, featuring Be There and others from BGCA
Because it's always good to hear the good, I recently asked Boys & Girls Club staff across the country what they are thankful for this year.
Thanksgiving is upon us! Find a mix of fun activities for throughout the Clubhouse and for multiple age groups.
Tie dye is back in fashion and allows for lots of creativity as a fun arts project with youth. See some of our favorite ideas in this link roundup!
News about the impact of social media, particularly Instagram, on the mental health of young people has recently made headlines. But what does it really mean, and how does it impact our work in afterschool?
The online design tool Canva is useful for a TON of projects in your afterschool program. Learn five of our favorites in this post!
Book clubs afterschool are a great way for youth to build relationships with others and practice skills like critical thinking and reading fluency. Learn how to get started plus get picks for Hispanic & Latino Heritage Month.
The three categories of youth behavior and ways afterschool professionals should respond, featuring BGCA's Behavioral Support Toolkit.
Eighteen holidays or historical events in September and October to spark fun and creative activity ideas afterschool.
Four new stats from the 2021 KIDS COUNT Data Book that can inform our work in out-of-school time, plus tools for putting that data into action.
Five topics that today's teens told us they care about and why, plus how afterschool can cultivate youth voice.
MyFuture is the THE destination for high-quality activities and digital engagement, but how does it fit into your Club's programming? Learn how to structure a session with a MyFuture activity in this new post.
Twenty-one holidays or historical events in June, July, and August to spark fun and creative activity ideas afterschool.
The high-profile violence against Black Americans during interactions with police continue to occur. Get resources to support the youth in your care, featuring the Passport to Manhood and NEW Smart Girls Growing Up Black Discussion Guides.
Five things to keep in mind about military-connected youth, and ideas to meet some of their unique needs
Seventeen holidays or historical events in March, April, and May to spark fun and creative activity ideas
Video and text of the poem performed by the National Youth Poet Laureate at the Presidential Inauguration
Resources to help guide youth through tough conversations about the events at the Capitol on January 6, 2021
Thirteen holidays or historical events in January and February to spark fun and creative activity ideas
The latest research on teens and how they are coping with COVID-19 plus the new BGCA resource SMART Moves: Emotional Wellness Teen Expansion Pack that can help.
Four of BGCA's best resources to help your Club or Youth Center programming staff to be successful in 2021.
What Boys & Girls Club staff across the country are grateful for during this challenging yet rewarding year.
With so many young people still having school online, some Boys & Girls Clubs and Youth Centers are transformed into Learning Support Centers during the school day. But even for those who are still doing more traditional programming or for when COVID is OVER (speak it into existence!), having some ideas quick at hand for... Continue Reading →
Heading into the holiday season, especially with everything that has happened in 2020, I think it is a good time to reflect on what we are grateful for. And what better way to do that than alongside the youth we serve? The Ancient Roman statesman Cicero is quoted as saying Gratitude is not only the... Continue Reading →
Tips on how to talk about elections and politics with young people without crossing ethical or legal lines.
BGCA’s Director of Academic Success Lesa Sexton has TONS of great tips from your colleagues on Learning Support Centers! So your Club or Youth Center is now a Learning Support Center and you feel like your job description just went from “Site Director” to "Principal"? Not exactly sure how to navigate this new environment and set of responsibilities? https://giphy.com/gifs/shocked-what-stunned-doJrCO8kCAgNy It sure... Continue Reading →
BGCA's Chrissy Chen and Kat Adams partnered up to write this post, filled with interesting info, fascinating examples, and practical ideas! Let's dive in! Treating different things the same can generate as much inequality as treating the same things differently.Kimbleré Crenshaw I was recently stopped in my tracks by this quote from civil rights activist Kimberlé Crenshaw.... Continue Reading →
Halloween is one of the best times of years to be in afterschool. When this whole pandemic began, I don’t think many of us expected we would still be dealing with it after this long. But? Here we are. And? WE REFUSE TO LET IT STEAL THE SPIRIT OF HALLOWEEN! https://giphy.com/gifs/halloween-psychedelic-spooky-mBH9e8yz4oNIIq6X3D It is unfortunately true... Continue Reading →
The 2020 Election is inescapable, which means that it is also looming large in the lives of youth. Elections are a great opportunity to introduce young people to one of the most important and powerful rights we have as Americans, the right to vote. https://giphy.com/gifs/GoVote-vota-go-vote-l0MYP0xoNtuPTilhe It can be hard to navigate these discussions when the... Continue Reading →