Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania offers programs especially for teens and pre-teens and want to hear your voice! If you’re a student between the ages of 13 and 18, a full-range of special activities and programs has been designed just for you in a space to call your own: The CLUB. The CLUB is a safe place where you can come to hang out, have fun and spend time with friends. The CLUB is like a second home, away from the younger kids where we can find our voices and achieve success through after-school experiences rooted in what matter to most to us—CHOICE, ACCESS and PASSION.
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.
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