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: Amelia

Amelia*, a third grader, began attending the Boys & Girls Club this summer to receive academic support. When Amelia first started attending the Club, she was very shy and reserved. Over time, the Club has brought out her energetic side! Ms. Kelsey, a staff member,...

Success Ahead: Brayden

Brayden* is transitioning into the fifth grade this fall and has been attending the Boys & Girls Clubs for two years. Brayden distinguished himself this year in the BGCTC Literacy Program! Using the Rock ‘n Read program, an interactive program model to ensure...

Success Ahead: Rylee

Rylee* will be attending first grade in the fall, and she began attending Boys & Girls Club programming over the summer. Ms. Shanae, a Club staff member, has said that “Rylee is one of the smartest and most articulate young people that I have had a chance to work...

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   


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