Our math, reading, science, and character building programs have accelerated tremendously. While our club makes its mark for its large sports program, our specialized education programs are quickly on the rise. Our Specialized Programs Lead Abby, interacts with more than 50 children a day. Our math program Khan Academy, and our Readers Club, are each divided into two age groups that meet for forty-five minute periods. While our STEM science program is comprised of 1 group of children ages 9-12.
Our Specialized Programs Lead
"Specialized programs at the Boys & Girls Club are growing immensely and enforce the idea of how important education is! Whether it be practicing reading and math with the use of online learning tools, or doing STEM related experiments in a small classroom setting. All of these programs are here to help support club members in their educational goals and teach them skills that will follow them all throughout their lives. Being able to guide and teach club members, show them how fun education is and watching them grow is what working at the Boys & Girls Club is all about." - Abby Torrice.
Khan Academy is a small group oriented program that uses an online learning tool called www.khanacademy.org. We use this program at our club because it allows our club members to practice mathematical skills based upon their grade level, master key concepts, and strengthen math learned in school that they may have challenges with. Khan Academy meets twice weekly where staff and participants track their progress in the program and incentive prizes are given out to students who show they are working hard in the program.
Readers Club is a small group program aimed at assisting Club members in improving in reading skills. The use of reading out loud with staff, fun reading projects, trips to the Haverhill Public Library allow the ability to check out books from the Boys and Girls Club library located in the Learning Center and Homework Room!
In May 2014, thought leaders representing higher education, government, corporations and nonprofits participated in BGCA’s STEM Great Think, the first national discussion to combine innovation and creativity with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programming in the out-of-school time environment. The purpose of the STEM Great Think was to develop a plan for securing strategic partnerships to advance STEM education in the out-of-school time space to engage more underrepresented youth in these disciplines and set them on the path to successful careers.