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!
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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. This Club provides youth with the ability, confidence and motivation to make meaningful changes.
Through Keystone Club, you’ll become the leader you’re meant to be. You’ll practice leadership through real-world projects, you’ll be part of a team of members who help each other grow and learn and you’ll get practical guidance from an advisor who will challenge you to build on abilities you already have. As part of the next generation of leaders, you’ll be spearheading change in the workplace, in your community and even globally – doing your part to make the world a better, safer, cleaner, fairer and kinder place. For teens 14-18. Coming in 2020-2021
Healthy Lifestyles initiative is a positive youth development program designed to build teens’ educational success, life and leadership skills, and healthy behaviors and relationships.
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.
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