Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metropolitan Area

To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.
Nov 17, 2016

LOCAL TEEN NAMED NATIONAL UPS ROAD CODE AMBASSADOR

UPS Road Code Ambassador, Alejandra
UPS Road Code Ambassador, Alejandra

As distracted driving remains the leading cause of death among 15- to 19- year olds in the United States, The UPS Foundation and Boys & Girls Clubs of America continue to drive change across the country with UPS Road Code, a national program educating teens on safe driving techniques.  Aiming to reduce the number of teen driver crashes, UPS Road Code is currently available in 52 Boys & Girls Clubs throughout 36 U.S. cities and reaches 5,200 teenagers per year.

We are proud to announce that our own Alejandra from the Regence Club of the Boys &  Girls Clubs of Portland was named a UPS Road Code Ambassador by Boys & Girls Clubs of America!

Alejandra is one of 18 Ambassadors chosen from the Teen USP Road Code program across the country to help introduce the UPS Road Code program to teens in their communities and help educate them, and the general public, on different safe driving principles.

Club teens have the opportunity to participate in the UPS Road Code program which is largely based on the same safety training used by UPS’s drivers, who are known for their safe driving techniques. Taught by more than 150 UPS employees trained as volunteer instructors, UPS Road Code provides teens with four sessions of classroom-based instruction, as well as time ”behind the wheel” of a virtual driving simulator.

The program focuses on different safety principles, from basic instruction to the consequences of risky behaviors such as talking on cell phones, texting or drinking while driving. Throughout the program, teens have a chance to practice what they’ve learned on the driving simulators, which feature a computer screen that serves as a windshield to the program’s interactive animation, a steering wheel and life-like gas and brake pedals.

 

Teens practice driving on the simulator.
Teens practice driving on the simulator.
Aug 17, 2016

BGCP Summer Camps Have Something for Everyone

Adventurous Eaters Camp
Adventurous Eaters Camp

Summer camps at Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland run for 10 weeks, providing week long, full day camps for youth ages 6 to 18.   In addition to regular drop-in programming, kids can attend specialized summer day camps and dive into topics including the arts, sports leagues & fitness, science, exploration, leadership and more.

From Icky, Sticky Science Camps to Fashion Design to Park Hopping, there is something for everyone.  The Adventurous Eaters Camp prepared youth to leave their culinary comfort zone by giving them opportunities to taste things they thought they would never try.  Our partner DPI Specialty Foods put on a cheese tasting class where youth were exposed to many varieties of cheeses, crackers and an assortment of fruits to pair with cheese.  They learned how cheese is made and had the opportunity to write down something they learned about each kind of cheese they tasted.

The Survivor Camp, challenged youth to outwit, outlast and outplay each other during this week long camp of challenging puzzles, obstacle courses and teamwork games.  Youth learned to work as a team to solve problems, encourage one another and cheer on the success of others.

Summer Brain Gain activities help prevent summer learning loss.  Studies show that youth who are not exposed to educational enrichment during non-school summer months may experience up to 22% of learning loss.   One of the activities provided this summer was the chance to learn all about lady bugs and our youth got some hands-on experience with nature.

Sometimes trying to keep teens engaged is difficult, so we offered a Teen Leadership Camp which gave teens the unique chance to strengthen leadership skills over the summer through our L.E.A.D program and our Leaders in Training Program.

As the summer programs come to an end and our youth look towards heading back to school, we can proudly say that the majority of kids in our programs not only avoided summer learning loss, but are heading back to school with a 1% - 2% achievement gain!

Survivor Challenge Camp
Survivor Challenge Camp
Summer Brain Gain
Summer Brain Gain
May 23, 2016

The Long-Story-Short Play Festival

BGCP Club Youth Perform
BGCP Club Youth Perform

At the Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland, Arts programs are offered where staff work to inspire youth to explore artistic expression through drawing, painting, music, dance, theater, printmaking, and more.  Specifically in Performing Arts they strive to give wrap around exposure to the performing arts—with programs that focus on theater, music, and dance. Through these programs, youth enhance creative expression and problem solving, confidence building, and collaboration skills.

New this year, The Long-Story-Short Play Festival was created from a collaboration between our Program Development Specialist, Melissa Schenter, and the Northwest Children’s Theater’s Outreach Coordinator, Jessica Zodrow. “We loved the idea of staging original work written by BGC members, focusing less on spectacle and theatricality, and focusing more on featuring their creative voices.”

In January 2016, Jessica trained staff from three different BGCP sites—along with a handful of volunteer theatre educators—to prepare them to run the program in the clubs. Through improvisation, character creation exercises, and writing prompts, our Club kids worked for 9 weeks to write their own plays and monologues.

This program was an opportunity for our members to strengthen their literacy skills in a fun and imaginative way and feel empowered artistically, realizing their value and potential as creative individuals.  The goal; to gain another tool with which they can express themselves and communicate with the world around them.

In March, all the youth who participated in the 9 week program were able to perform their original plays in front of an audience.  “It was amazing. I had a really fun time, and I would do it again. It was surprising how much stuff I could create.” -Nebiyu, age 14, Wattles Club Member.

 
   

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