Academic success

Learning does not stop when kids leave school and head to a Boys & Girls Club.

Our Academic Success programs integrate school learning with enjoyable activities and foster a culture of high expectations and achievement. Our core Academic Success programs improve literacy, enforce homework completion, expand access to technology, engage youths in the arts and prepare teens for college and careers. These programs include:

  • Ready Readers Plus, which uses games and one-on-one attention to improve literacy skills for underperforming K-3 students. It also fosters the practice of reading within families.
  • Power Hour, which provides homework assistance and tutoring for Club members ages 6-12.
  • Diplomas to Degrees (d2D), which provides a range of services—including mentoring, individualized tutoring, and college- and career-readiness activities—to high school students.
  • Career Launch, which helps young people to assess their skills and interests, explore career options and make informed decisions about education and work.
  • Be Great: Graduate, a targeted dropout prevention program designed to enhance youth’s engagement with learning.
  • Money Matters, which promotes financial responsibility among teens by building basic money management skills through activities, investment club and Reality Store.
  • STEMtastic, which involves members in science, technology, engineering and math projects and activities.
  • Summer Brain Gain, a month of hands-on, fun activities geared toward preventing summer learning loss.
  • Arts activities and instruction including ballet, graphic design, dance, band, sculpture, drawing and choir. Youths also take field trips to arts and culture venues, including the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

In our interactions with Club members, we actively promotes education as an essential tool for adult achievement. Our programs are designed to increase graduation rates, decrease school absenteeism and encourage kids to create post-secondary goals by teaching basic educational disciplines, technology and the arts.