Local Initiatives that Make a Difference
We recognize that every community, just like every Club, is unique. Through extensive research in our County and State, along with addressing the needs in our neighborhoods, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Suncoast has focused on key areas intended to help our children and teens succeed beyond what traditional Club programming provides.
Leading through Literacy
Unlock Reading, our fun, hands-on literacy program, gives Club kids the keys to quickly catch up in reading. Kids who participate just one to four months average one year’s growth in reading skills! Our blended-learning approach includes reading specialists—who play games to develop skills kids need to read on grade level—and personalized online learning. Clubs are stocked with culturally responsive books that kids can’t resist, so you’ll see kids regularly chillin’ with books. Literacy partners teach penmanship in fun ways, and they provide read-alouds with crafts. All this disguised learning keeps kids motivated, incentivized, newly confident, and accelerating as never before. If reading has been hard for your child, it’s not your fault—and we will quickly catch them up by playing fun games! Each Club provides this free program during regular after-school and summer hours.
Club Re-Imagined is a fully virtual Boys & Girls Club experience and social hub held inour own Discord server. Club members meet online from 5-8pm to participate in club activities, games, and tutoring.
Youth are encouraged to express themselves in positive and creative ways in a virtual and diverse community that includes: online party games, discussions about art, music, sports, etc.; learning new life skills; college readiness assistance; academic support; community service projects; and opportunities to develop leadership skills.
Future Leaders is a program designed for Club Members between the ages of 13-18 years. It is a practical small-group program that assists teens in exploring both a career in youth development or other human services from their day-to-day work as a youth staff member, as well as career exploration into various other industries and developing the skills needed to be successful in the workforce.
The program will provide members with age-appropriate skill-building opportunities from their hands-on Club work experience in four areas as well: career development, apprenticeship, customer service, and community service.