Nov 23, 2020

Career Exploration

NASA connection
NASA connection

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

BEAM Fun
BEAM Fun

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.

Jul 27, 2020

Keeping children safe and supported during COVID

Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Charles County (BGCSTC) began its annual Summer Blast Program on June 2, 2020 to provide a safe, fun, and educational place for children to go now that school is out of session. The Summer Blast Program is operating at both locations. Encouraging learning is always a top priority for us but we have used the COVID closure as a time to expand virtual programming, create a summer program, and provide social/emotional support for families. 

Safety is a top concern for Boys & Girls Club staff, who are working diligently to implement proper health and safety protocols in alignment with CDC recommendations. Children and staff have their temperature checked before they enter the building and at least one other time throughout the day. 

Our Staff did a wonderful job providing virtual programming, online mentoring, and check-in phone calls for members during our closure. It has been wonderful having our kiddos back with us and we are seeing increased demand for services. We have received multiple requests for summer scholarships and are proactively seeking this kind of support to help our kids during this challenging time. 

Below is an urgent email request I received regarding a high risk family situation. We got to work quickly and now have a system ready to begin supporting this child in less than 3 days. This is why summer blast scholarships are important. Thanks to emergency COVID funding from the community, summer blast scholarships, and collaboration between our units we were able to quickly respond to a critical need for this family and in particular, this 10 yr. old.

Hi Karen,

I hope that you are doing well.  I am writing on behalf of one of our therapists who is working with a 10 year old in St. Peters who is in a high risk situation being home alone for 12 hours every day due to mom being hospitalized for surgery and radiation treatment for the next 6 weeks and mom’s boyfriend working 2 jobs to make ends meet.  Mom also has a newborn who is also with her in the hospital.  We are wondering about any camps or programs that you may have scholarships still available that she could participate in?  Transportation would also be needed for her.  Is there someone I could connect the therapist with who could help?  - Cara M. I Senior Director

Above is one example of the needs we work to meet, each and every day. Over the past month since re-opening, we’ve worked with the Division of Children’s Services more than ever as we encountered children returning to our club struggling with neglect and abuse. I am proud of our staff’s dedication to doing whatever it takes for these kids. 

Please consider providing summer blast scholarships or a gift to support our academic programs such as Reading for Success. These gifts are put into action immediately. Our children need a safe, clean, fun space to come each day where they receive meals, high quality programs, learning opportunities focused on keeping them in school, and support from trained staff. 

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