Project Learn is a strategy adopted by B&G Clubs of America and our own club. Based on Dr. Reginald Clark's research that shows fun, but academically beneficial activities increase academic performance, these activities include discussions with knowledgeable adults, leisure reading, writing activities, homework help and study, helping others, and games that sharpen cognitive abilities.
Project Learn emphasizes collaborations between Club staff, parents, and school personnel. Formally evaluated by Columbia University, Project Learn has been proven to boost the academic performance of Club Members.
The five main components of Project Learn are:
- Homework Help and Tutoring
- High Yield learning and leisure activities
- Parent and adult involvement
- Collaboration with schools
A comprehensive homework help, completion, and study program, Power Hour is designed to raise the academic proficiency of Club members. Members spend time working on their homework each day with our trained staff and volunteers.
Points are awarded for completed assignments and academic achievement. Members also have the opportunity to earn points through Power Pages (worksheets for enrichment) and leisure reading.
Power Hour Excellence Members are named weekly and members can spend their points in the "Academic Superstore."
We give each member at the club the opportunity to sign up for extra help and enrichment with one-on-one tutoring sessions. Tutoring takes place between 5:30 and 6:30 on Monday-Thursday evenings.
Each member that is signed up receives individualized help in a subject matter that they wish to improve on. Club staff communicates with members, parents, and teachers to determine the academic needs of the member and implement sessions on that basis.
Members participate in Learning Lab Activities once a week. Learning Lab consists of High Yield Learning Activities which are fun and engaging with an academic component.
One week members might engage in a writing activity, such as constructing their own haiku. The next week they might build an abacus and learn to use it to enhance their mathematical abilities.
Goals for Graduation
Goals for Graduation introduces academic goal setting to Club members ages 6-15 by linking their future aspirations with concrete actions today. In goal-setting sessions with Club youth development professionals, members set achievable "Know-I-Can" Goals, more challenging "Think-I-Can" Goals, and yearly "Believe-I-Can" goals.
Members create an action plan with daily and weekly goals leading to short- and long-term gains. A comprehensive guidance strategy helps members connect their smallest results to their highest dreams.
Members are recognized when they achieve their goals. Members have the opportunity to sit down with the Education Director and form an Academic Support Plan to lay out their academic goals and identify how the club environment and staff can help them achieve.
Members also recite and become familiar with the Academic Pledge:
- I will attend school and strive not to miss a day.
- I will be on time for class.
- I will listen to my teacher.
- I will ask question when I do not know the answer.
- I will raise my hand when I do know the answer.
- I will write down my homework assignments each day.
- I will complete all of my homework.
- I will turn in my homework daily.
- I will talk to an adult about school each day.
- I will do my very best each day.
- I can achieve in school.
- I will achieve in school.
The tech lab is open each day for members to complete research, get assistance with their homework, and play educationally enriching games. Members also have the opportunity to explore BGCA's site youthnet and may participate in Skill Tech, a program designed to help them develop basic computer skills.