Education & Career Development


CareerLaunch encourages Club members ages 13 to 18 to assess their skills and interests, explore careers, make sound educational decisions and prepare to join our nation's work force. Club staff or volunteers help teens build their job-search skills and job readiness by using the CareerLaunch Facilitator Guide and working with teens individually or in small groups. CareerLaunch provides Club teens, staff and volunteers with online career exploration, college and job search information and interactive activities. Mentoring, job shadowing and training opportunities round out the program. CareerLaunch is sponsored nationally by Bank of America and Gap Foundation.

Diplomas to Degrees (d2D)

Thanks to the generous support of Toyota Financial Services and Darden Restaurants, Diplomas to Degrees (d2D) is a college readiness program which provides a range of services to guide Club members as they work toward high school graduation and prepare for post-secondary education and career success. Club staff have access to a Facilitator’s Guide with fun high-yield activities and a Teen College Guide, complete with tips on achieving academic success and planning for post-secondary education. In addition, teens can access d2D information and resources at any time on BGCA's teen website.

Graduate for Más

Graduate for Más is a program track offered to Club members in partnership with Taco Bell Foundation, providing tools and resources to teens while tracking their progress toward graduation and life goals.

Money Matters: Make It Count

Money Matters promotes financial responsibility and independence among Club members ages 13-18 by building their basic money management skills. Participants learn how to manage a checking account, budget, save and invest. Members also learn about starting small businesses and paying for college. This program is ponsored nationally by the Charles Schwab Foundation.

Power Hour: Making Minutes Count

Power Hour: Making Minutes Count helps Club members ages 6-18 achieve academic success by providing homework help, tutoring and high-yield learning activities and encourages members to become self-directed learners. Power Hour also provides staff and volunteers with materials including practical tips and best practices for recognition and incentives, behavior management, volunteer recruitment and training, collaboration with other organizations, use of technology and the Internet.

Project Learn

Project Learn reinforces and enhances the skills and knowledge young people (ages 6-18) learn at school during the hours they spend at the Club. Through Project Learn, Club staff use all the areas and programs in the Club to create opportunities for these high-yield learning activities, which include leisure reading, writing activities, discussions with knowledgeable adults, helping others, homework help and tutoring, and games like Scrabble that develop young people's cognitive skills.