To help Club members achieve academic and professional success, Club programming provides opportunities to become proficient in basic educational disciplines and apply learning to everyday situations.
Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics focused programming is offered at Clubs throughout the state. Clubs strive to provide learning opportunities which productively engage Club members in STEAM processes of inquiry and creative problem solving, and ultimately, encourage their pursuit of academic and professional opportunities in STEAM related fields.
To learn more about our STEAM programs contact Molly Yoo.
Delmarva Power STEM Club
Delmarva Power and Discovery Education have partnered with Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware to deliver the Delmarva Power STEM Club (DPSC). This program uses a rich combination of hands-on labs, engineering challenges and digital investigations to keep kids engaged and excited about STEM. Children explore the subjects of energy and urban infrastructure by participating in modules created by Discovery Education. The program goal is to provide members with an introduction to STEM which excites their imaginations and raises their awareness about careers in the STEM fields.
FIRST LEGO League
Guided by two or more adult Coaches, FIRST LEGO League* (FLL) teams (up to 10 members, grades 4-8) research a real world problem (e.g. food safety, recycling, energy, etc.) and are challenged to develop a solution. As part of the solution, they must design, build, and program a robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS®. The program culminates in a competition on a table-top playing field. FIRST LEGO League seeks to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders by engaging them in exciting Mentor-based programs which build science, engineering, and technology skills. FLL hopes to inspire innovation and teach life skills, including initiative-taking, communication, and leadership.
Beating Odds Studying STEM (B.O.S.S.) is a technology program designed for Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware. In today’s world, the number of jobs in STEM fields is growing quickly. We lack an appropriately skilled workforce to fill these positions. In a response to the opportunities created by the technology industry and the barriers that have prevented youth from lower socioeconomic backgrounds from entering STEM fields; Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware collaborated with the Mike Clark Legacy Foundation (MCLF) to bring Club members BOSS. Participants receive coaching in key skills, such as giving and receiving feedback, presenting, public speaking and mindfulness.
Clubs around the state have been undergoing a technology upgrade to ensure that we offer the most up-to-date facilities, hardware and software for our members. Technology Centers helps us put that equipment to use by teaching Club members advanced, yet practical technology skills. Members explore not just what computers do, but also how they work and how they can be used to ensure success in school and the workplace.
Reading Is Fundamental (RIF)
Research shows when kids do not read over the summer, they can lose up to two grade levels of comprehension. RIF’s goal is to boost the reading achievement of elementary school children–especially low income and rural students–by stemming “summer slide.” Statewide, thousands of youth participate with 83% showing reading skills gains, compared with 57% of children in the RIF national study.
Power Hour: Making Minutes Count
Homework completion is a critical component of young people’s academic success. Power Hour is an interactive homework help and tutoring program that encourages Club members to become self-directed learners. short-term goal of this program is to help young people develop academic, behavioral, and social skills through homework completion; the long-term goal is to ensure that youth graduate from high school, pursue post-secondary educations and become life-long learners.
Mentoring Programs link members of the Club with positive role models among staff, volunteers, and local community members. The goal of Mentoring is to provide consistent support, guidance, and concrete help on a one-to-one basis and to encourage mentees to improve academic achievement, school attendance, explore career goals, explore college and scholarship possibilities, solve life issues, and improve self-esteem. Volunteer mentors and mentees meet approximately one hour per week on the Club.
Mike’s TEAM (Teaching Excellence by Academic Mentoring) is an academic-based mentoring program that was created eight years ago in partnership with the Mike Clark Legacy Foundation. Mike’s TEAM offers two types of mentoring to youth from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware:
- One-on-One Mentoring: During the school year, student and mentor members of Mike’s TEAM meet once weekly for a one hour session. Together, they work on homework, academic drills, and other fun projects, many of which focus on STEAM fields (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math).
- Group Mentoring: In this program, our mentors visit the Club twice per week and participate in group mentoring. There are 3 eight-week sessions during the year, each serving a different age group from our Club.
If you work at a high school and would like to discuss ways your students can partner with Mike’s TEAM, please contact Sarah Hutton, 302-655-4591.
Money Matters: Making it Count
Money Matters is a financial literacy program that uses interactive activities and exercises to educate teens, ages 13 to 18, on practical financial matters, including managing a checking account, budgeting, saving, investing and paying for college.
College Scholarship Program
A college degree is worth 70 to 80% more than a high school diploma, earning the graduate more than $1,000,000 more over a lifetime in the workforce. A well educated workforce is key to a bright future. More and more students have come to rely on privately funded scholarships to make their educational dreams come true. Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware is proud to offer several scholarship opportunities to Club members. Youth interested in applying can download the 2018 Scholarship Application and return the completed application to Heather Pletcher.
Those youth already receiving scholarships and looking to renew for 2018 should complete the 2018 Scholarship Renewal Application.