Boys & Girls Clubs of Chaffee County

BGCCC's mission is to inspire and enable all youth, especially those who need us the most, to reach their full potential as caring, responsible, productive citizens

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"inSTEMaccess"

Class

Science & Technology 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
At-Risk Populations
Children (4-12 years)
Females
Males

Description

BGCCC's "inSTEMaccess" program (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) has quadrupled in past years and branched out to include Wonders of Science (science-based activities & experiments, including rocketry, chemistry, robotics); Minecraft EDU (math, science, art, history, & music, as well as digital citizenship activities); Arduino (open-source electronics program to design interactive projects); and KHAN Academy (math tutoring program with hands-on instruction to solve "real world" problems).

Most notably, the Club's Europa Rover Project grew in its second year, extending the experience for half its members and engaging new participants. Middle and high school members have renewed and extended their work on their rover, which this year features a new coding model and beacon, allowing the rover to accomplish even more scientific feats! For the second year, members will compete at the Great National Sand Dunes National Park's robotics challenge in April . BGCCC's team was the youngest team in the competition in 2017 and will again engage as this year's youngest team, with competitors coming from college and universities around the state, including Colorado State University, University of Colorado and the Colorado School of Mines. The Club unveiled a second robotics program this winter, open to elementary-aged members. The new program, "Lil' Bits Robotics", has welcomed more than 20 new participants eager to learn the basics of coding and robotics. Extending the 2017 record number of participants, the Club served 78 kids in 2017.

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Evidence of Program's Success


The Boys & Girls Clubs of Chaffee County robotics team achieved "Best Demonstration of Beacon Navigation" at the NASA Colorado Space Grant Consortium 2018 Colorado Robotics Challenge April 14, 2018 at Adams State University and Great Sand Dunes National Park.

The team, BCG Europa Rover, consists of Salida High School student Jason Joslin, 17, Salida Middle School students Kuper Banghart, 14, Wyatt Velharticky, 14, and Juan Orajel-Rivera, 13, and Crest Academy student Kieran Hall, 11.

Triple Play

Class

Youth Development 

Beneficiaries

Children ages 5 to 21
Families
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged/Indigent

Description

Through the Triple Play experience, local Boys & Girls Clubs challenge members to become healthy and active by learning new ways to eat nutritionally, manage stress, maintain physical fitness and form positive relationships with peers. The comprehensive Triple Play initiative nurtures the minds, bodies and souls of Club members.

• MIND: The Healthy Habits program is designed to incorporate healthy living and active learning in every part of the Club experience, from the gym to the learning center to the arts and crafts room. The central themes of good nutrition, regular physical activity and improving overall well-being are emphasized.

• BODY: This component boosts Clubs' physical activities to a higher level by providing sports and fitness programs, activities and sports competitions for all boys and girls, whether they are athletically inclined or not. Club youth of every age have the chance to have fun playing longer and harder at a variety of games.

• SOUL: By participating in a comprehensive social recreation program, Club youth are able to develop and sustain positive relationships with others, acquire a healthy self-concept and a strong belief in their self-worth and cope well with positive and adverse situations.

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Evidence of Program's Success

In a recent Healthy Habits session, our members demonstrated a 20% increase in knowledge of nutrition and healthy eating habits!
One project had our members develop a cook book and when we sent copy to the Collorado Alliance, they passed it along to several legislatures...it gained much notoriety and more copies were requested and distributed as well as some publicity on KOAA TV.

Project Learn

Class

Youth Development 

Beneficiaries

Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged/Indigent
Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Description

Project Learn reinforces and enhances the skills and knowledge young people learn at school during the hours they spend at the Club. This comprehensive strategy is based on Dr. Reginald Clark's research showing that students do much better academically when they spend their non-school hours engaged in fun, educational activities. Formally evaluated by Columbia University, Project Learn has been proven to boost the academic performance of Club members. The strategy consists of five components:

• Homework help and tutoring enables members to develop the daily habit of completing homework in a safe, quiet, allocated space with staff and volunteer encouragement for five to six hours weekly.

• High-yield learning activities (HYLAs) help members apply what they learn in the classroom and encourage them to make productive choices about how leisure time is spent at the Club and at home.

• Parental involvement empowers significant adults to support members' academic development by informing them of the child's progress and providing programs and information so they can assist their child at home.

• School collaboration allows Clubs and teachers to develop individualized plans for members to build competencies in challenging subjects.

• Incentives reward Club members for positive academic participation and encourage parental involvement in Project Learn.

HYLAs are the essence of Project Learn. Club staff members are trained to organize daily and weekly program schedules to ensure that every member participates in as many HYLAs as possible, making the entire Club a learning center and every out-of-school moment a learning experience.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Over 95% of our members progressed to the next grade level on time this past academic year! Also, at Avery Parson Elementary, members that participate in the Club's Project Learn Program saw an improvement in their reading that was 19% higher than non-member students.
The percentage of improvement that the Club's Title I members realized was 97% and the non-members realized an improvement of 78%.

Torch Club

Class

Youth Development 

Beneficiaries

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged
Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Description

Torch Clubs are chartered small-group leadership and service clubs for boys and girls. The program is a powerful vehicle through which Club staff can help meet the special needs of younger adolescents at a critical stage in their development. Torch Club members learn to work together to plan and implement activities in four areas: service to Club and community; education; health and fitness; and social recreation.

Through service activities, Torch Club members identify Club and community needs, develop programs and activities and actively participate in their community. These activities also provide experience in the democratic process. Above all, they give young people a chance to contribute something of value to others. Examples of Torch Club service activities include:

* peer mentoring programs
* adopt-a-grandparent programs
* food and clothing drives
* community clean-ups and beautification projects
* environmental awareness campaigns

Torch Club members also take part in educational activities that focus on personal development. These activities develop socialization, problem-solving, communications, goal-setting and decision-making skills. The objective is to have teens develop a moral compass and value qualities such as honesty, justice, fairness and respect for self and others.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Our organization won a BGCA merit award for our Carnival food drive. Club members collected more than 200 peanut butter and jelly jars to support a local food pantry! The Club also built biirdhouses with Greater Arkansas River Nature Association. The recent election of officers taught members the political process and they learned how to stand up for what they believed in.

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