This month, members have participated in activities focused on Black History Month. As part of this, we worked to incorporate this learning into a variety of platforms including Career Launch, STEAM, Youth for Unity, and Reading for Success. Members learned about Mae Jeminson, the first Black female astronaut. As part of this, they are discussed work completed by astronauts while in space and how they prepare to become astronauts. Members then created their own rockets and space stations using gears and blocks. Their creativity and problem-solving skills were reflected in their creations. Thanks to support from GlobalGiving, activities like this can be provided for members free of charge.
The career development suite at Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Charles County helps members obtain job readiness skills. Career Launch, which includes Junior Staff and Money Matters, help members prepare for a great future and over 2020 we have expanded the Career Launch program. Club staff help teens build job readiness through online career search, college and job search, mentoring, virtual job shadowing and soft skills training.
Our strong education & career programs help ensure all Club members graduate from high school on time and are ready for college or trade school, and a 21st-century career. Over 2020 we strengthened many partnerships allowing members to explore GM, Toyota, Missouri State University, and NASA all from Club sites (with the support of technology).
We focus on increasing the number of club members participating in overall wellness activities (physical, social, academic, and emotional). Our Youth of the Year program continues to be strong despite all 2020 has brought us. Our 2020 Youth of the Year was recognized at the national level for her impact in utilizing technology to help prevent driving while intoxicated. Winning a congressional award for her work, she continues to champion for stronger inclusion of young ladies in STEM related fields.
We are proud of her work and know many of our members would not have opportunities to participate in career readiness opportunities without the Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Charles County.
Oct 28, 2020
Introducing the BEAM system
By Karen Englert - Chief Executive Officer
We are excited to announce the installation of our new BEAM Interactive system at our St. Charles Unit. BEAM is an interactive projector game system that makes learning fun, lively, hygienic, educational, and above all, a ton of fun. BEAM’s revolutionary technology gives children the opportunity to explore, discover, & interact. It enhances not only brain development, but also gross and fine motor skills.
The interactive floor projector is a hassle-free way to entertain and teach-- all you need is a flat surface and some motivated children. There are no toys to wash, no boards to fold up, no balls to clean, no rackets or bats that can hit other players, and most importantly, allows us to maintain social distancing in light of COVID-19.
Thanks to donor support, we installed the system earlier in the summer as we re-opened for our members. Our BEAM device is set up inside our games room as it is a large space. We had hoped to install it next to our STEAMbotics Academy but due to safety restrictions we pivoted to a new area. BEAM is set up to be used for programming activities related to STEM as well as our healthy lifestyles curriculum. The kids love it and so do our staff and volunteers. multiple times a week and the kids love playing with it.
Members across all age groups are always asking to play on it and we have witnessed many times when a child does not want to leave the Club because they are having such a good time playing on BEAM. Given the stress of the last several months, the BEAM system has helped provide our members with new opportunities to explore STEM in a fun, engaging manner. Thank you for helping create this STEM opportunity through your generous donations.