Academic Success Program (Tutoring & Mentoring)Boys & Girls Club of Langlade County
Tell your child to check out Project Learn! A fun way to learn some new skills but having tons of fun while doing it! Some activities include: Math, Science, Online Safety Training, Scrabble, Pictionary and much more to come!
This strategy is based on research demonstrating that students do much better in school when they spend their non-school hours engaged in fun, but academically beneficial, activities. 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, tutoring and games (such as Scrabble), that develop young people’s cognitive skills. Project Learn also emphasizes parent involvement and collaboration between Club and school professionals as critical factors in creating the best after-school learning environment for Club members ages 6 to 18.
POWER HOUR – 3p-5pm M-F
Making Minutes Count is an interactive, after-school homework assistance program for children ages 6 to 18. Unlike assignments done in class, Power Hour work is conducted in a non-threatening and fun after-school environment using staff or older students, who serve as “Homework Helpers,” to supervise completion of Club members’ homework.
In addition to homework help, these staff or volunteers offer age-appropriate activities to stimulate Club members’ interest in learning. By explaining the relevance of learning fractions in order to cook a meal, for example, or by showing how geography can enable us to enjoy reading the newspaper, staff and volunteers help Club members learn to value the knowledge homework can bring. Power Hour’s long-term goals are to ensure that youth graduate from high school, pursue post-secondary educations and become life-long learners.
In addition to “Homework Helpers,” Power Hour offers tips for establishing essential communication with teachers and parents. Research has shown that parental involvement is a must if children are to develop good homework habits. Power Hour also provides incentives for Club members. Members earn Power Points for participating in the program, completing their homework and taking part in additional learning activities. The points they earn can be exchanged for attractive prizes throughout the year. Also, the member who accumulates the most points throughout the school year is rewarded with a new bike.The Power Hour program is free, and any member of the Club may join. Power Hour is a great opportunity for members to get their homework completed in a quiet place with support.
SAFE & SMART AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS
Among the available research on the importance of after-school homework assistance is a recent study conducted by the U.S. Justice and Education Departments. In Working for Children: Safe and Smart After-School Programs (2000), experts reported, “children who are left alone when school ends have more difficulties with their class work than those who participate in after-school programs. Not only is the latter group of students more likely to succeed academically, they are also much more self-confident.” Other studies have linked after-school homework assistance programs to improved behavior at school and an overall increased interest in learning.