Providing fun, innovative academic programs

for youth and teens.

BGCTC youth have faced intensified challenges in the last few years. They have endured school distance learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic; experienced extreme social unrest in their communities; encountered school cancellations due to teachers strikes; and continue to experience the persistent trauma of racial inequities and increased adolescent isolation, stress, and anxiety. They also face some of the largest achievement gaps in the country with unacceptable inequities remaining between racial groups. BGCTC’s work to break down racial disparities and provide the academic services needed to close the achievement gap is more critical now than ever. Our programs provide opportunities for students to succeed in literacy, finance, arts, technology, and so much more. 

You can support BGCTC’s Academic Success programs by donating to Success Ahead, BGCTC’s back-to-school campaign running now through September 30

Your donation to Success Ahead TODAY will directly support critical needs for young people this school year:

$25: Three culturally appropriate books for literacy programs 

$50: Ten STEM kits for hands on learning 

$100: “Welcome Back” school supplies bucket for one BGCTC Club member 

$500: Teen Pathways Social Justice & Racial Equity Leadership Workshop; Town Halls & Advocacy Events 

$1,000: Week-long in-person Academic Success programming for 10 BGCTC Club members 

Success Ahead: Benji’s Story

Success Ahead: Benji’s Story

enji is a first grader and club member attending at our West Side Club in St. Paul and takes part in our Numeracy Enrichment program. From Fall to Winter, he has moved from the high-risk category in Math to the low-risk category.

Success Ahead: Nia’s Story

Success Ahead: Nia’s Story

Mia is a fifth-grade student attending the Jerry Gamble Club in North Minneapolis and a BGCTC Club 52 Member, meaning she attends the Club often. From fall to winter, she moved from the high-risk category in reading to the some-risk category and raised her cumulative score by 15 points…

To meet increased academic needs of our Club members, BGCTC shifts include:    

  • Program delivery shift to provide increased small group and individualized support 
  • Increased trauma-informed training for staff  
  • Increased academic support for middle school and high school members, adding new academic curricula   


Join our community to ensure bright futures for youth in the Twin Cities!


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