The Boys & Girls Club seeks to provide academic support for all Club members. During the after school program the Learning Center is available for members to work on their school assigned homework, read, and participate in other academic support programs. Some of these programs include:
Indiana Kids: a grant based program through the State of Indiana, members must sign up in the fall and complete thirty homework/academic support sessions, ten career exploration sessions, and complete 10 hours of volunteer service at the Boys & Girls Club. The program is open to members in grades 1 -8 and is designed to increase math and reading scores. Generally the program will begin in October and run through the summer.
Starfish: Starfish is a targeted academic support program for Club members who are struggling and/or failing in classes. This program is limited to 10 slots for Club members to receive academic support to help improve grades. This program requires parent, teacher and staff communication on a weekly basis to ensure members are successful. Enrollment for this program is ongoing, if your child is in need of academic support and you would like to talk to someone about enrollment in Starfish, please contact our Education Coordinator or Program Manager.
This program is designed to support struggling members and is not meant as “one-on-one” tutoring. Our goal is to ‘graduate’ members from the program within a semester of beginning the program.
NASA: This program is available to members ages 8 – 14, space is limited. It focuses on learning about various aspects of space through different hands-on activities. The program is offered through a grant from NASA.
Schedule: ongoing as available
The Boys & Girls Club seeks to provide opportunities for all Club members to explore the fine arts. Our art room is open Wednesday, Thursday, and every other Friday as we share our art coordinator with our sister Club in Middlebury. Many of the art programs are based on the TAB methodology and encourage members to grow in their own ability to create artwork. Some of these programs include:
Art +: This program will focus on the creative process. It is targeted towards members who are interested in developing individualized projects that take more time and planning than the regular weekly projects. The program will use the TAB methodology for art education. There will be demonstrations on new techniques every week, but members will be creating their own individualized projects. They will need to create preparatory work for these projects such as thumbnail sketches and statements of intention. After projects are finished they will create artists statements and reflections of work. There will also be highly facilitated critiques and discussions of member’s work.
In addition to focusing on one’s own work, this program will also create opportunities to expose members to the work of other artists, both traditional and contemporary. These artists will correlate to weekly demonstrations. There will be a discussion of both techniques and subject matter. We will examine the creative intentions of artists beyond trying to simply make something beautiful, and dive deeper into the idea that art has messages and ideas behind it. This time will utilize and develop Studio Thinking strategies that will help members develop the type of creativity that can be used beyond the art room.
Builders and Makers: This program gives teen members access to a range of building materials and invites them to create original sculptures. This will focus mainly on assemblage art, cardboard, paper mache, weaving, a potential cement sculpture (similar to that done at Goshen) and more. These artists would be those taking part in the programs at the Elkhart Art League.
En Plein Air: En Plein Air is a style of painting that happens in open air (outside). In this program, members, grade 4th and up, will go outside and draw and paint from observation. We will go outside around the club campus, as well as take field trips to local parks. Demonstrations will be given on drawing basic natural forms and landscapes, but the Club will mainly be self-guided, as members draw what inspires them.
Intramural Leagues: There are a variety of intramural leagues that members are able to take part in. For members in grades 3 – 6 in house leagues run for 6 – 10 weeks, depending on the sport and number of participants. League sports may include, but are not limited to: basketball, wiffle ball, soccer, flag football, dodgeball, and kickball. Sign-ups for each league will take place at least 2 weeks before the league is scheduled to begin. Members will be placed on teams and will be able to choose their own team name.
BGC Gardeners: The program introduces members to the basics of growing your own food. Members care for a Club garden and watch as food begins to grow on the plants that they are caring for. They will learn the needs and growing cycles of different plants. In addition, we will touch upon the positive environmental and economic impact of growing food locally.
Club Cuisine: A small group program for members, space is limited. Members learn to make healthy choices in regards to food and exercise through a number of sessions.
Character & Leadership
Keystone Club: A small group of high school members who are committed to volunteer service and leadership projects to better the Club and community. Members of Keystone are required to be active Boys & Girls Club members. The group meets year round, however the majority of their meetings and fundraising occur during the school year to allow them opportunity to travel to National Conference in the spring and on service trips during the summer as they are able. Consistent attendance and commitment to the Club and the group are required.
Torch Club: Middle school members interested in service and leadership opportunities are encouraged to learn more about Torch Club. The group meets weekly throughout the school year to plan service activities, outings, and fundraisers. Consistent attendance and commitment to the Boys & Girls Club are requirements for Torch Club members.
Schedule: school year