Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania offers programs specifically for teens and pre-teens. The CLUB Teen Center offers a full-range of special activities and programs that have been designed just for you in a free space where you can be yourself, have fun, and grow. The CLUB is a safe place where you can develop your strengths, discover yourself, use your voice for positive change, connect with others, impact your community, and build a great future!
BGCWPA is currently offering formal Teen programming at our Carnegie and Estelle S. Campbell Clubhouses as well as our Career Works Program. The Georgian Place Clubhouse in Somerset will also be launching formal teen programs next month. In the meantime, we welcome teens contact any of our Clubhouse Directors if they are interested in Boys & Girls Clubs Membership. View full program descriptions, monthly calendars, and calendars by week below.
Voice and Choice programs are unique at every Clubhouse. The teens in “The Club” brainstorm ideas and decide what programs they want and what programs they need. For example, teens could choose a Cooking class, ACT/SAT Prep, Interviewing Skills, Art classes, etc.
Torch Club is a small group, peer-driven “Club within “the Club” focused on developing critical leadership skills, character development and service learning for youth ages 10-13. Torch Club members learn to elect officers and work together to implement activities in four areas: service to Club and community, education, health and fitness and social recreation. Torch Club provides youth with the ability, confidence and motivation to make meaningful changes in their communities and build leadership skills. BGCWPA is part of the Boys & Girls Club of America Torch Club program and may engage other Clubs across the country throughout the year!
Keystoning is the Boys & Girls Club Movement’s ultimate teen leadership program for youth ages 14 to 18. This unique program provides leadership development opportunities for youth to participate in activities, both in and out of the Club, in three focus areas: academic success and community service. With the guidance of an adult advisor, Keystone Clubs aim to positively impact teens, their Club and local communities. BGCA hosts an annual National Keystone Conference for Boys & Girls Club teens that brings together members from all across the globe. Throughout the conference, Keystone members engage and socialize with peers, explore relevant issues, and develop skills to support and enhance efforts in their local Boys & Girls Clubs and communities.
Healthy Lifestyles initiative is a positive youth development program designed to build teens’ educational success, life and leadership skills, and healthy behaviors and relationships. Learn more about yourself, gain confidence and explore how to be mentally healthy and make good decisions that will help promote a great future.
Our Teen Outreach Program, one of our Healthy Lifestyles offerings. TOP is delivered by trained adult facilitators across a nine month period to groups of teens (called “TOP Clubs”). TOP is designed to meet the developmental needs of middle and high school teens and can be implemented in a variety of settings, including in-school, after-school, through community-based organizations or in systems and institutional settings, including residential facilities. The TOP Curriculum is focused on key topics related to adolescent health and development, including building social, emotional, and life skills; developing a positive sense of self; and connecting with others. We currently partner with school districts to offer this program during the school day as well as in our Clubhouses and community partner sites after school and in the summer.
We do whatever it takes to ensure every young adult can design and launch a great future.
Career Works is an innovative and engaging employment and post-secondary preparation program that allows high school students to explore future career options while learning the skills they need to get on the path to success. Through full-time career placement support including mentorship, paid internships, registered pre-apprenticeships, dual-enrollment courses, and post-program transition services, we ensure that youth are ready to succeed in the fast-paced job market.
Career Works supports students as they complete their high school studies while also preparing them for viable career options in high demand industries such as Information Technology, Healthcare, Artificial Intelligence, and Trades and Construction. All youth enrolled in the program will earn industry-recognized credentials and/or a pre-apprentice certificate from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.
The community is strengthened with this conscious shift to invest in the next generation, keeping talent in the community and strengthening our local economy.
The program model utilizes real-world learning strategies in a blended approach leveraging a combination of face to face classes held at our Career Works Centers and work-based experiences:
- Online training to remediate basic math/writing deficiencies or credit recovery
- Hands-on project-based learning focused on building soft skills and tech literacy
- Gamified training and simulations
- Job shadowing and internships during the summers and throughout the year
- Mentoring and career coaching/case management services
- Dual enrollment programming
- Community service experiences and personal and professional development classes
- Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s evidence based CareerLaunch and Money Matters curriculum
Career Works is a year-long after-school program running from 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Summer session details to follow in the spring of 2020. The first iteration of our program takes place at the Tube City Center for Business and Innovation at 409 Walnut St., McKeesport, PA 15132.
From Movie nights, to basketball clinics, BGCWPA wants teens to have fun and let off some steam! The CLUB is a safe place for teens age 13-18, where you can drop in after school and be yourself without feeling the pressure of being judged. For the latest list of “fun nights” or sports & recreation programming check in with your Clubhouse Director, Athletic Director or Teen Coordinator!
We offer support services to all teens in the form of individual mentoring and referrals to other providers to break down barriers, eliminate food insecurity and transportation issues. We also partner with Juvenile Probation in Allegheny County to offer our Great Start Program.
We will be developing a formal mentoring referral form in the coming year so check back! In the meantime, all teens receive mentoring through our Positive Action and Wyman TOP Programming through The CLUB!
Reach out to our Manager of Mentoring Programs or Director of Teen Programs to learn more or get support.
The Ackerman Scholarship Fund
The Ackerman Scholarship Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation was created to provide an opportunity for members of the Boys & Girls Club of Western PA, who could not otherwise afford it, to obtain a college education. In order to apply for this scholarship, a student must:
- Be a current and active member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of W. PA for at least four years.
- Be a current high school senior.
- Plan to attend a two or four year accredited college/university or technical school.
- Demonstrate academic effort by achieving a C+ average or higher and not have any failing grades.
- Demonstrate a financial need.
- Demonstrate commitment to and involvement in community service to the satisfaction of the Advisory Committee.
- Demonstrate commitment to and involvement in the Boys & Girls Clubs to the satisfaction of the Advisory Committee.
- Complete an application and include a one page essay explaining “How I intend to benefit from my college education”.
- Past recipients may re-apply for the following year only.
- Be available for an interview