By Karen Englert - Director of Resource Development
Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Charles County offer over 30 different programs built around our core beliefs of providing a safe place to learn and grow, edifying ongoing relationships with caring adult professionals, and engaging in life-enhancing programs and character development experiences. In response to the increasing need for holistic support, BGCSTC, in collaboration with Boys & Girls Clubs of America, implemented highly effective programming in five core areas: 1) Character and Leadership Development; 2) Education and Career Development; 3) Health and Life Skills; 4) Sports, Fitness, and Recreation; and 5) Arts.
Currently, more than 1,300 at-risk youth take advantage of the programs, activities, and services provided through BGCSTC each year. Our vision is to provide a world-class Club experience that assures success is within reach of every young person who walks through our doors, with all members on track to graduate from high school with a plan for the future, demonstrating good character and citizenships, and living a healthy lifestyle. Daily access to a broad range of programs drives positive outcomes for youth and reinforces necessary life skills. Local need, available resources, and the interests of youth help determine the mix of youth development programs.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Charles have 6 FIRST Robotics teams, which have been working hard representing our two Clubs on the competition field and at different STEM Expos.
Teams just competed in the FIRST Robotics St. Louis Regional Championship at the Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis. The competition, "Destination: Deep Space" allowed our members to showcase their robot and compete against many peer groups. We are so proud of their success at the event where our FRC team #7435 Cybertronics received a prestigious Rookie Inspiration Award for team's outstanding "Beyond this World" STEM outreach campaigns.
In April our teams will be participating at Sea Perch Underwater Drone Super Regional Competition at Pattonville High School in St. Louis. Additionally we will have an information table about STEAMBOTICS ACADEMY/BGCSTC, where we will be talking about the World Robotics Olympaid competition and showcasing our robot. We are excited to host the World Robotic Olympaid event at our St. Charles location in May.
We are also kicking off a new propram "Engineering Girl" for girls ages 6-8 who are currently not involved in STEAMBotics. This introduction to engineering principals and design process helps to spark interest and increase engagment in STEM activities. The program will run for 6 weeks at the St. Charles location starting in April.
Last but not least, we are gearing up for a full summer with members through Summer Blast. We will again offer multiple opportunities for members of all age groups to participate and showcase their accomplishments.
By Jeanette Koechner - Director of Community Development
The Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Charles County provides many valuable programs. High on the list of programs available to the children are the educational programs, which are extremely important to the success of the children we serve.
Power Hour provides students after-school homework assistance, helping positive outcomes for youth in the area of academic success by extending learning beyond the school day. It offers a structured time and place for Club staff and volunteers to help members complete their homework. When a child has completed their homework, they start each school day better prepared with a sense of confidence and competence.
STEAM programs helps drive academic success for youth in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math fields, and uniquely positions them to make a difference in the future workforce. Each lesson aims to promote engagement in the sciences and close the science achievement gap that exist among area youth. In the STEAM programs, participants complete hands-on experiments, activities and multi-stage projects alongside staff and mentors, covering topics and activities across multiple learning fields.
Summer learning losses can stack up from year to year, causing low-income children to fall further and further behind, ultimately endangering their chances of high school graduation. Each summer, the Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Charles County provides programs that combats learning loss by continuing the essential academic classes.
An empowered and educated child becomes an emerging leader, ready to continue developing their skills, to one day serve their community in a growing capacity.