Posts Tagged ‘Career Development’
Watch out summer, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County full-time and part-time staff are trained and ready! During the last week of May, BGC staff underwent a week of staff programming and safety training in preparation for the 2016 summer sessions. On Tuesday, May 31st, staff kicked-off training by learning about the importance and necessity of mental health first aid when dealing with children, teens and young adults.
Staff also went through a two-day lesson on Poudre School District’s school shooter training. After several school shootings within the last few years, this training was critical for all staff to understand that in today’s society, sometimes we are the front line when violence occurs. Topics covered included an active shooter scenario, bomb threat scenario and hands-on wound care workshop. More information on the shooter training can be found here. This shooter training was taught in conjunction with CPR and First Aid Training.
Staff, both full-time and part-time, got to break-out and mingle during the greater part of Thursday, June 2, while participating in in-service training at the Boys & Girls Club Fort Collins location. The all-day training included an all-staff, mandatory reporting training hosted by the Child Advocacy Center. Items discussed included recognizing signs of child abuse and neglect, and also what to do if you suspect abuse. This session was followed by four breakout sessions designed to get staff involved and immersed in Boys & Girls Clubs tailored activities. Break-out sessions included High Yield Learning Activities led by Brian Johnson; STEAM Programming led by Rachel Messersmith; On The Spot Fun led by TJ Daya; and Engaging Youth in Targeted Programming led by Andy Abbott.
Even with all the training and learning happening, the staff managed to squeeze out some fun. It can’t be all work and no play after all.
Three more sessions wrapped up the day, including Safety Scenarios and BGCLC Safety Protocol led by Kaycee Headrick, which examined safety protocols and safety scenarios; Nonviolent Communication led by Rob Klein, in which attendees were taught techniques around nonviolent communication when working with youth and de-escalation strategies; and finally, Planning for Programming 101 led by TJ Daya and Ashley Prow, which covered the basics of planning and preparing for Club activities as well as addressing how to see, and fill, a need in the Club environment.
No training is just a week long event, it is continually on-going and always needed. Let’s keep safe, keep trained, and work on making this the best summer yet!
Six members of the Loveland Unit had a wonderful opportunity to take a trip to a farm that works closely with Sylvan Dale Ranch. The kids had a hands-on experience feeding horses, collecting farm fresh eggs, feeding pigs, and even helping to herd some loose cattle! They learned about the amazing self sustainability the farm has by using the animals and the natural life cycle to keep the farm producing.
Special thanks to the Sylvan Dale Ranch for their continued support of the Wild Child program, where youth learn all aspects of the outdoors!
Teens at the Fort Collins Unit have the opportunity to work with a global network called E-NABLE. With the help from a grant from the OtterCares Foundation and the 3D Printing Store, we were able to build 3D printed hands for children who do not have fully functioning hands and cannot afford a traditional prosthetic.
Before visiting the 3D Printing Store for the first time, we did a philanthropy lesson at the Club. The kids answered questions about what philanthropy means to them. There was a great discussion and then we did a fun activity with the teens. We taped their hands in different ways (some only had two fingers, others had none, others taped their arms so they would only have use of one). Then we had them participate in daily activities that they would normally do at the Club including Ping Pong, Foosball, Pool and see if it was more difficult to do these "normal" games. It was!
Our first trip to the 3D Printing Store was where the kids learned about the different 3D technologies and all of the ways 3D printing is being used today and what they working towards for the future. The expressions on the kids faces would change drastically as they learned all of the uses: medical, automotive, aerospace, etc. On Saturday, April 2nd the Fort Collins Club built a total of 5 hands for other kids who are in need, it was incredible process. We had a total of 11 teens attend the field trip and the worked in pairs (with one group of 3) and they spent over 3 hours assembling one hand per group.
The 3D Printing Store is working on tracking the hands and where they go so hopefully the kids will have the chance to find out who exactly they helped. The teens will participate in a second workshop where they will talk about what they have learned and how their idea of philanthropy has changed.
Held in Dallas, TX this year, the Keystone National Conference celebrated the Year of the Teen, a national initiative to encourage teens to attend their local Boys & Girls Clubs. This amazing conference had over 2,100 teens and 400 Club staff from across the global attend. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County sent five teens and two staff to the conference, and have returned with an infectious amount of energy, enthusiasm, and amazing ideas to make the Club even better than ever.
While at the conference, members went on career exploration and college tours, participated in team building and learned how to better impact their community. In order to attend this year's conference, our Keystone members have held movie nights and dances for Club members over the past year, raising over $3,000 to cover their travel costs. Congratulations to our five teens for their wonderful work and participation!
Education, Technology, and Career Development
BGCLC has implemented the programmatic strategy Every Member, Every Year, designed so that all Larimer County Clubs can partner with youth, parents, schools, and other community stakeholders to implement: academic enrichment and school engagement; targeted dropout prevention; and intensive intervention and case management. Our aim is to ensure that all Club members graduate from high school on time, ready for a post-secondary education and a 21st-century career.
Project Learn reinforces the academic enrichment and school engagement of young people during the time they spend at the Club. 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.
STEAM inspires interest and comprehension through fun driven activities in the areas of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math.
Summer Learning Loss Prevention
These programs aim to close the learning gap that happens in the out of school months.
Power Hour teaches youth to make every minute count with strategies, activities, resources and information to create an engaging homework help environment and a tutoring program that encourages Club members at every age to become self-directed learners.
Money Matters promotes financial responsibility and independence among Club members ages 13 to 18. Participants learn how to manage a checking account, create a budget, save and invest, start small businesses, and pay for college.