Our Education & Career programs provide youth with opportunities to achieve academic success and explore career options. BGCHR provides programs that: support members' school success through such efforts as homework help and school readiness; engage members in fun, hands-on activities to practice and learn reading, writing, speaking, math, and scientific inquiry; and provide extra help for members who have difficulty mastering academic content and skills. Programs in this core area include:
Power Hour is an interactive, after-school homework assistance program for children ages 6-18. Unlike assignments done in class, Power Hour work is conducted in a non-threatening and fun after-school environment using adults or older students, who serve as "Homework Helpers," to supervise completion of Club members' homework. In addition to homework help, staff and volunteers offer age-appropriate activities to stimulate Club members' interest in learning. Power Hour's long-term goals are to ensure that youth graduate from high school, pursue postsecondary educations and become life-long learners.
Hungry for Homework
In the Hungry for Homework program, teens who spend one hour on homework completion, technology instruction, reading, or tutoring while at the Club receive a ticket for a cooked and nutritious dinner. The meals are provided through a generours partnership with Bridgewater College and the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank.
The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) program provides youth with the opportunity to use Lego robotics, attend field trips to science museums, and participate in the National Soap Box Derby STEM Program.