Jan 4, 2018

Boys & Girls Club-St Charles MO - STEAMbotics Academy

The Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Charles County has eagerly stepped into the STEAM World by organizing the group and naming it STEAMbotics Academy.  The project has begun with building of robots.  Kits have been purchased and donated creating a great interest in the program.  Children are eager to join and participate in the many facets of the program.  It is not only building a robot but it is research, writing the program, designing the fields, presentation and working together.  This program has created and developed outstanding core values which they learn and live by.  The Core Values are as follows:  1) We are a team.  2) We do the work to find solutions with guidance from our coaches and mentors.  3) We know our coaches and mentors do not have all the answers; we learn together.  4) We honor the spirit of friendly competition.  5) What we discover is more important than what we win.  6) We share our experiences with others. 7) We display Gracious Professionalism and Coopertition in everything we do.  8) We have fun.  

The program provided the Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Charles County with its first competition.  The class did not win but they learned a lot about presentation and friendly competition.  Most of our children are not given the opportunity to learn and experience the STEAM world.  The program at the Boys & Girls Club allows the children to have a more hands on experience and more time spent that when in the school classroom.  It is extremely important that our young children be exposed to as much STEAM activities as possible due to the fact that within the next few years over 80% of all jobs will be STEAM related.  It is imperative that our children be informed and become aware of their future careers.  The goal of the Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Charles County is to help all children reach academic success, love a healthy lifestyle and become a good citizen and of good character in order to plan for a gainful future.  

Oct 13, 2017

Eliminate School Drop out - Encourage Learning

The Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Charles County continues to be engaged in supporting and encouraging its members to achieve academic success and be rewarded with a gainful future.  For many of the children the Boys & Girls Club is the only source of homework support.  The Organization's staff engages its members in homework completition.  Daily, members complete homework assisgments in preparation for the next day in the classroom.  It is well documented by school officials that a child that is unprepared for class participation will absolutely fall behind in realizing academic success.  Many unprepared children will become disruptive in the classroom and disturb others wishing to participate in the learning process.  As children fall behind in school, a desire to drop out of school often becomes a reality and they discontinue their education.  The goal of the Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Charles County is that all members will graduate from high school with the ability and desire to continue their education and/or become gainfully employed in a promising career path.    

The Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Charles County has become actively involved in promoting its STEM Program within its membership.  Programs are being designed to fill the Robotics experience.  It is estimated that over 80% of all jobs will be STEM related by 2020.  With over 60% of the Club's membeship living in or below the poverty level it is even more important that the programs be available to all, especially those who do not have the opportunity to work with the construction of robots, computers, programming and other STEM related programs.  

The Mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Charles is to enable and encourage all young people, especially those who need us the most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring responsible citizens.  

Aug 4, 2017

Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Country New Facility

Summer Camp will be completed on August 4th only to follow with the After School Program beginning on August 14th.  It has been an extremely busy time for the Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Charles County.  There has been an average daily attendance of 140 children a day.  On a daily basis, the children are served breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack.  We know for many of our members, these meals and snacks were their main source of food.  Over 60% of our members qualify for free or reduced lunch.  Over 70% live in a single-parent/caregiver home and 52% identify as a racial or ethnic minority.  During the 10 week period of Summer Camp over 16,000 healthy, nutritious meals and snacks were served to members. But as important, they were encouraged and participated in programs that allowed them to continue their education, in a fun way,  and not lose the desire to succeed academically.  Summer programs are designed with high yield activities and exercise that promote a healthy lifestyle.   

The Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Charles County is not without a building loan.  It became imperative that we vacate the old Club and move into the new facility before we had raised sufficient funds for the project.  Therefore we continue to reach out to donors to help us meet the financial obligation and become debt free.  Once that happens, funds now being used to diminish the debit will be used to increase the number of programs or enhance existing programs at the Club with more staff being added to meet this goal.  But until then, we will continue to serve our members as we have for the past 62 years.  The Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Charles County provides a safe and healthy environment where members can participate in the valuable programs that are lead by caring staff and volunteers.    

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