Five ideas for high-yield activities you can use with youth that require little to no preparation.
Learn more about an exciting resource that supports youth self-esteem and confidence from our partners at Dove.
BGCA's NEW National Virtual Club puts the best high-yield activities from Club staff across the country on your tv or device.
Learn more about Adulting Day, the Boys & Girls Club of Vernon's powerhouse annual event for 12th graders
Four ideas for helping youth follow their passions and explore career opportunities for National Careers Week
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.
Hear Boys & Girls Clubs of Milwaukee staff Nancy K.'s top four tips for running Money Matters with teens in this new ClubX Blog post.
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!
Learn the six components necessary to make a YDPs first 90 days a success plus learn about the all new Youth Development Professional Onboarding Guide from BGCA.
Six ways to incorporate Workforce Readiness programming and principles throughout your afterschool program.
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.
Read how one Club is putting books in their community's hands and how you can start a Little Free Library through your afterschool program.
Eighteen holidays or historical events in September and October to spark fun and creative activity ideas afterschool.
Find ideas on making your programming more dynamic and relevant than ever, including two new Passport to Manhood resources.
Air dry clay is paintable, super lightweight, and dries on its own, making it a great choice for summer crafts. Get 10 project ideas in this ClubX Blog post!
One strategy for increasing teen membership afterschool is to invest in tween members now. Learn about four areas to keep in mind as you develop a tween strategy in this new ClubX Blog post.
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.
Hear how one Club stays connected to member's families and get the new Family and Caregiver Engagement Guide in this ClubX Blog post.
As Juneteenth is becoming more widely known, get ideas for learning more and sparking creativity with youth.
Twenty-one holidays or historical events in June, July, and August to spark fun and creative activity ideas afterschool.
May is Asian American & Pacific Islander Month! Use this list of activities and resources for building empathy to celebrate with youth.
Just in time for National Superhero Day, a peek at the newest Summer Brain Gain Modules with ideas for programming throughout the Club.
Seventeen holidays or historical events in March, April, and May to spark fun and creative activity ideas
Free download of STEAM activities based on the hit online game Among Us, created by local Boys & Girls Club staff
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
Learn more about what youth behavior is actually saying and how we can respond, featuring BGCA's newest digital resource, the Behavior Support Toolkit,
Four of BGCA's best resources to help your Club or Youth Center programming staff to be successful in 2021.
BGCA's Lesa Sexton is back with tips on getting families and caregivers engaged in your program, and be sure to grab the details for an upcoming webinar at the end of this post! There are a lot of pithy sayings that just ring true. Don't judge a book by its cover. An ounce of prevention... Continue Reading →
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 →
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 →
Today we are joined by Kate Buechner, member of the Workforce Development team here at BGCA, to learn more about how career programming doesn't have to stop even if we can't be physically together. In youth development, we talk a lot about meeting youth where they are. So, what do we do when where they are isn’t at... 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 →