See what happened when Chef Andrew "Kappy" Kaplan visited the Club, plus get the BEST Sweet Potato Mash recipe!
Boys & Girls Club of Franklin-Simpson went door to door to bring Kentucky kids back into the Club following the pandemic. Discover how their youth-led garden and farmstand are continuing to grow youth engagement and life skills for success.
Learn how to use community service opportunities to recruit and engage teens and tweens with ideas from Clubs.
Want to plan rich, engaging arts experiences that will build skills while integrating youth voice? We've got you!
National Volunteer Week is the third week of April! Get ideas from our friends at DoSomething.org in this new post.
Civic education is more important than ever. Get eight ideas for youth of all ages just in time for Civic Learning Week!
Integrating arts with positive self-identity, youth voice, social justice, and wellness makes for powerful creative expression.
The arts give youth new and unique ways of expressing. Learn about NEW resources and activities across art mediums in this new post.
November is NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month! Learn about free resources for young writers you can use afterschool.
Get tips for helping teens understand the importance of using their vote and how they can get involved in the democratic process.
Learn what high schoolers should be doing in the Fall to support their college goals, from their Freshman to Senior year.
Learn the ingredients for a high-quality afterschool arts program from Boys & Girls Club of Green Bay.
BGCA's NEW National Virtual Club puts the best high-yield activities from Club staff across the country on your tv or device.
Hear teens share what high-quality programming afterschool means to them, featuring our friends at VOX ATL
Learn more about Adulting Day, the Boys & Girls Club of Vernon's powerhouse annual event for 12th graders
Hear stories from BGCA's 2022 National Days of Advocacy plus get leadership and service resources you can use with youth
Four ideas for helping youth follow their passions and explore career opportunities for National Careers Week
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.
See youth-designed apps that could solve big problems, and learn more about how technology can be used for good.
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.
Every year, we survey youth to learn about their Club Experience. Find out what we heard in 2021 and what questions it might raise for your Club in this new ClubX Blog post.
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.
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.
As Juneteenth is becoming more widely known, get ideas for learning more and sparking creativity with youth.
Video and text of the poem performed by the National Youth Poet Laureate at the Presidential Inauguration
Four of BGCA's best resources to help your Club or Youth Center programming staff to be successful in 2021.
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 →
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 →
We are SO EXCITED for the 2020 National Virtual Keystone Conference! To get us motivated BGCA's Senior Director of Programs Val Killebrew is here to give us guidance on how to help youth take action about what they are passionate about. Youth of America are purpose driven and motivated to act on causes they believe... Continue Reading →
Tiffany Thornton, BGCA's Senior Director of Youth Development Services, brings a powerful story of lifting teen voice today. Our nation has been surrounded by images of protests, calls for change and an increased awareness of the prevalence of bias, injustice and systematic racism. The teens at the Boys & Girls Club of Corvallis in Oregon... Continue Reading →
At Boys & Girls Clubs of America, we offer many Targeted Programs to support our three Priority Outcome Areas of Academic Success, Good Character and Citizenship, and Healthy Lifestyles. Programs like Summer Brain Gain, Keystone, and Triple Play. One of my personal favorites? UPS Road Code! If you aren't familiar, UPS Rode Code is BGCA's... Continue Reading →
BGCA's Lesa Sexton is back and with these space themed activities she is shining a light on the total eclipse that is my heart. <3 It’s my firm belief that astronauts are about as superhuman as they come. I mean, you’d have to be superhuman to get through a rigorous application process in which you’re... Continue Reading →
Computer Science Education Week is December 9-15, 2019! Read on for three great ways to integrate it into your Club's programming from BGCA's Lesa Sexton. For better or for worse, computers have become an embedded part of our daily lives. They help us with everything from waking up on time and avoiding traffic to finding... Continue Reading →
BGCA's Youth Development Health & Wellness team are back on the ClubX Blog to join the world in celebrating girls! We know girls are amazing. And the United Nations (UN) thinks so, too. In 2011, the UN declared Oct. 11th the International Day of the Girl Child to recognize girl’s rights and the unique challenges... Continue Reading →
One of the greatest strengths of Boys & Girls Clubs are how embedded we are in local communities. This is why we were so excited to hear about the Summer Migrant Program at Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Holland! It is a wonderful example of a Club organization 1) identifying a local community need, 2) figuring out... Continue Reading →