Education & Career

Education & Career

Our Education and Career program provides Club members with opportunities to create a foundation for the future, explore career and educational opportunities, free tutoring and homework help, and a plan to develop good study habits.
 Objectives:
  • To help youth develop good study habits
  • To help youth achieve in school
  • To prepare for higher learning
  • To recognize the importance of educational achievement
  • To teach the appreciation of technology


    Some of our Education and Career Development activities include:

    Andrew Johnson Historic Site: Throughout the month of July Club members visit the local Andrew Johnson Historic Site. Youth are educated about the history of our 17th President, Andrew Johnson who settled in Greeneville, Tennessee! They learn about what life is like when Andrew Johnson was alive and are even able to get a a hands on learning experience by trying on clothes from the 1800s.
    College and Business Tours: While most middle school and high school students relax during Spring Break, members of the Club do the opposite. Club members ages 10 and up explore their options after high school graduation. They visit several area colleges and local businesses to help them lay the foundation for their life after high school. It is important for us to not only offer college tours to our members, but businesses tours as well as many of them cannot or do not want to attend college after graduation.
    Day Camp with Rural Resources: Club members are given the opportunity to learn what life is like living on a farm. Youth learn how to take care of a variety of farm animals, grow food, do a little cooking, and how to make homemade ice cream. All these fun activities provide an experiential picture of where food comes from.
    Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: In observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day  Club members travel to Carver Recreation Center in Johnson City, Tennessee to learn the history of this phenomenal leader. Presentations are given on his life and the epic “I Have a Dream” speech is played for all to hear. In addition to traditional educational presentations, youth participate in arts and crafts centered on Dr. King, participate in a march similar to his advocacy march in Washington, D.C. and are able to listen to storytelling during the celebration.
    Power Hour: This daily program offers our youth the opportunity to do their homework and have help with tutoring from staff, local high school students and college volunteers during the school year. Power Hour is designed to raise the academic proficiency of Club members ages 6 to 12.
    Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies: Did you know that there are over 10,000 exotic creatures living at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies in Gatlinburg, Tennessee? Our youth are able to learn about many of these species through various field trips. They learn about species living in the Tropical Rainforest, Ocean Realm, Coral Reefs, Shark Lagoons, and Stingray Bays. In addition to just learning about them, Club members are able to gain hands on experience by listening to a presentation about stingrays and getting to touch them afterward! Kids also visited the Discovery Center and Systems Controls – where they learn the inner workings of the aquarium.
    Stride Academy: During the months of January through May all Club members participated in daily Stride Academy activities. Stride Academy is an award-winning, cross-platform program that helps build educational skills in math, science and reading for our 5-18 year old Club members.
    Technology Lab: Our Computer lab offers high speed internet and provides many programs to enable our Club kids to complete homework projects, create digital art projects and safely surf the net.
    "The Talking Tree" Program: In observance of Earth Day, our Club celebrates by having “The Talking Tree” visit our Club. Club members ages 5-7 are educated by “The Talking Tree” on how to properly care for trees and the animals that live in them. This introduction to conservation program is essential for developing an environmental conscience in our youth.
    Weekly Stem Activities: STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education is critical to the future success of young people as STEM jobs in the United States are expected to grow nearly twice as fast as other fields by 2018. Research has shown that out-of-school programs advance STEM knowledge and increase interest in these careers. At our Boys & Girls Club we offer weekly STEM activities at the Club for each age group. The skills and knowledge in each of these core areas are essential for student success. Some of the most recent activities are Candy Chemistry, Rockets, Bridge Building, Electrical Circuits, Flying Ghost Rockets, Self-Inflating Balloons, Bubbling Halloween Potions and Erupting Pumpkins.
    Wonder Works Museum: Club members spend the day exploring Wonder Works in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. They explore over one hundred exhibits ranging from learning about and feeling hurricane force winds, being informed about Richter scales and being shaken by a 6.0 simulated earthquake, and discovering space exploration to name a few.


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