Our CEO Deb Fries-Jackson shared BGCA’s latest updates with Senator Pat Browne. She highlighted our Power Hour program and announced our Youth of the Year for 2018.
Power Hour: Making Minutes Count
The goal of Power Hour is to help young people develop academic, behavioral and social skills through homework completion, high-yield learning activities and tutoring.
The Boys & Girls Club of Allentown provides an outcome-driven Club experience that helps young people achieve academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. When Boys & Girls Clubs offer extended learning opportunities and educational enrichment programming during the non-school hours, they help improve young people’s academic performance and encourage them to graduate from high school, pursue a post-secondary education and develop a lifelong love of learning. Homework completion is a critical component of young people’s academic success. Boys & Girls Club members ages 6 to 18 participate in Power Hour. Benefits of Power Hour are listed below:
• Join a climate of academic success in the Boys & Girls Club
• Engage in homework help programs for Club members in elementary, middle and high school which makes homework and other learning activities enjoyable, as well as academically beneficial – “Fun with a Purpose”
• Experience technology in Power Hour activities
• Participate in one-on-one or small-group tutoring for youth who need additional help in specific areas
• Access an incentive system which motivates youth to increase their participation by recognizing young people’s efforts and achievements