Fresh Films Program Visits The Club
Thanks to a partnership between the Taco Bell Foundation’s Graduate to Go program and the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation the Club will be the beneficiary of a new Film program with accompanying Studio space. As construction on the space nears completion, a Film Club has been established and this group was the beneficiary of a visit from the Dreaming Tree Foundation and their Fresh Films program this past week. Director, Estlin Feigley was on-site for the week to assist the members in creating their first P.S.A. on the importance of a High School Diploma. Estlin worked with the teens on the outline, instructed them on the new equipment, helped them with filming location and camera set-up, and explained the editing process. The new P.S.A. will be viewed at the upcoming Taco Bell Franchisee convention. As part of our relationship with the Foundation, Dreaming Tree/Fresh Films will return again in the Spring to work on a P.S.A. of the teen participants choice. The new Film program is currently accepting registrations of teens interested in learning more about the video/film medium. With dedicated space, new equipment, and a new Instructor in place, we look forward to seeing the creative talents of our members on display. For more information please contact VP of Programming, Mike Joyce at ext. 2110.
After-School Jobs Program
The Boys and Girls Club is pleased to once again partner with Mayor Thomas M. Menino and the Boston Youth Fund to offer a limited number of after-school jobs for teens ages 15 to 18. Interested teens must stop by the Club and pick up an application and take part in a quick interview. Please note that the spots are limited and not every candidate will be offered a position. These positions will assist Program Directors throughout our three facilities from late November through mid-May. For more information please contact VP of Programming, Mike Joyce at ext. 2110.
Boston Globe Community Care Day
On October 11th the Boys and Girls Club will team with volunteers from The Boston Globe to take part in their Annual Neighbor to Neighbor Day event. The Boston Globe, which reaches out to local non-profits in need of volunteer activities each Fall will return to the Club where last year they helped paint the Teen Center space in our McLaughlin Clubhouse. This year volunteers from the company will take part in the event which will be spent painting the Gamesroom and Lobby in the Marr Clubhouse. We thank the employee volunteers for committing the time needed to complete this project and to The Boston Globe for their ongoing support of the Boys and Girls Club.
The Education program at the Club is open to members ages 5 to 18 and offers a variety of programs to enhance academic achievement. Homework Help is offered four afternoons a week for members ages 5 to 12 in the Education Center from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. (Monday to Thursday). Staff will be on hand to provide assistance. For those needing more focused assistance, our Tutoring program, which will begin in early October, matches members with volunteers for weekly sessions in One-to-One and small group formats. Please note that pre-registration is required and spots are limited. We are also offering an I.S.E.E. Test Prep Class for 6th and 8th grade students in partnership with Project D.E.E.P. For our teen members, we have three upcoming skill-building opportunities with volunteers from the State Street Corporation which include a Mock Interview session (9/26), a Financial Literacy Event (10/24) and a Job Shadow Day experience (11/8). We also offer our College Bound activities which include Wilson Daily Prep, an on-line S.A.T. program, and an upcoming opportunity to participate in the College Works workshop in New Hampshire on 10/20. We also offer One-to-One sessions by appointment with the Education Director where College selection and admissions assistance are covered. Lastly, we offer small group activities for ages 5 to 12 such as: Kidzlit, a Literacy program for members that includes on-site and off-site reading activities; Kids College, an on-line education program that delivers a standards-based curriculum in math and literacy; and Theme Days, which take place on Fridays and will cover such topics as ancient Egypt, dinosaurs and more. For information on our Education programs please contact Emily Capurso at 617-288-7120, ext. 2320.