Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania were invited and attended Senator Casey's press conference announcing the Five Freedoms for America’s Children plan. We were then asked to submit statistics on the importance of after school programs and our demographics so that they can add after school care to this plan! “The cost of child care has increased by 25 percent over the past decade. The current child care system not only lets parents down at every turn, it results in large economic consequences: An estimated 60 percent of employee turnover could be reduced with access to affordable child care, and [...]
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2020 Summer Day Camp : Registration Now Open! As the end of the school year is quickly approaching, it is time to begin exploring the benefits of a Summer spent with Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania! BGCWPA is excited to be offering a 10 week Summer Day Camp program with thematic weeks packed full of physical activity, exploring culture, the arts, building relationships, and STEM, with engaging activities to keep your child invested all Summer long! Unleash your inner Olympic athlete, paint the next great masterpiece, learn to cook your favorite recipe, or discover your passion for the performing [...]
Meet Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania's Athlete of the Year, Jada! As an 11 year member of BGCWPA and 4 year varsity basketball letter winner with over 1,000 points scored, Jada's achievements reach far past the basketball court! Jada has remained on honor roll since 5th grade, maintaining a 3.6 GPA as a National Honor Society(NHS) member, Scholar Athlete Award recipient, and Summer Camp counselor for Camp AIM. Jada's future plans after graduation include attending Mount St. Mary's University on an athletic scholarship. Jada loves playing basketball with her friends at Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania's Carnegie [...]
As a part of Boys & Girls Clubs of Western PA’s ReMEMBER… ReIMAGINE… ReINVEST campaign, programs like Healthy Lifestyles have ReIMAGINED the services BGCWPA provides. Healthy Lifestyles provides support services, social emotional learning programming and community engagement. The first program of Healthy Lifestyles is Wyman’s Teen Outreach Program (TOP) (http://teenoutreachprogram.com/top/). BGCWPA is one of Wyman’s 55 Replication Partners across the United States, implementing TOP to over 22,000 teens from diverse ethnic, racial, socio-economic backgrounds, and in rural, urban, and suburban settings. The Teen Outreach Program is an evidence-based program proven to improve social and emotional learning and life skills, support the [...]
Join Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania, along with the Veterans Leadership Program and the Mission Continues, for a day of celebrating being a girl! Have fun socializing, hearing from influential female speakers, and participating in activities centered around body positivity, craft making, healthy lifestyles, and personal growth. Guided by the International Women's Day movement, Empower Her is an event to celebrate reflection, advocacy, and action for young women. Girls will be grouped by age and given the chance to move through a variety of different fitness, fun, and educational activities with an opportunity to collect giveaways from participating community [...]
BGCWPA is extremely grateful for all of the support that makes this time of year special for each of our youth! This holiday season, BGCWPA had the opportunity to partner with many generous members of the community and corporate partners who are dedicated to giving back and spreading holiday spirit! Shop with a Cop- On December 18th, youth from our LaRosa Boys & Girls Club of McKeesport had the opportunity to participate in “Shop With a Cop” at Walmart to bring together local youth with law enforcement officers! Shop With a Cop is an annual event that allows youth to purchase [...]
Our BGCWPA Teen Program staff members, Christine Nguyen and Emily Donato were invited to present at the PA Department of Education Standards Aligned System (SAS) Institute in Hershey, PA last week. The theme of their presentation was “Bridging the Skills Gap.” Here are a few of their slides describing our career readiness and workforce programs. Learn more about our programs on our Workforce Development page.
This past year, BGCWPA welcomed a Director of Teen & Support Services, as well as three Teen coordinators to best serve our growing teen population. New and improved teen and tween programming are highlighted at our Shadyside, Estelle S. Campbell (Lawrenceville) and Carnegie Clubs, in addition to the Teen Career Works program in McKeesport. Our Teen Centers, or The Club, is a safe place for teens to develop strengths, connect with others, use their voice, impact their community and build great futures. Each of our seven Clubhouses sponsors a national program called Torch Club. Torch Club is a small group, peer-driven [...]
Join us on Wednesday, December 4th from 7 - 8:30 p.m. for our Career Works Open House at the former Daily News Building in McKeesport! Featuring cookie decorating, ornament making, and a hot chocolate bar, there’s fun for all ages. Kids can enjoy crafts, teens and families can learn about the importance of workforce development, and community members can learn about our growing program offerings for teens and young adults. Stop in to meet program staff before heading downstairs for the City of McKeesport’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony! To RSVP, visit our Facebook page! Career Works is an innovative employment and [...]
On November 25, 2019, Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania (BGCWPA) and Penn Hills Charter School of Entrepreneurship (PHCSE) partnered up to launch an after school program to support students in grades Kindergarten through 5th! PHCSE is a tuition-free public charter school that supports the entrepreneurial spirit in youth through innovative, hands-on, engaging curriculum. With over 131 years of mentoring and support service expertise, BGCWPA will continue this entrepreneurial spirit into the after school space to provide students and parents with the resources they need to succeed. The PHCSE Clubhouse will offer homework help, literacy support, recreation, and STEM programming [...]