New Learning Lounge Enhances Educational Experience at Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago’s Valentine Club

In a new partnership with JCPenney Cares, Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago’s Louis L. Valentine Club was one of seven Clubs nationwide selected to receive funding to launch a Learning Lounge featuring books and educational resources provided by Scholastic. Designed in partnership with Club staff and youth members, the Learning Lounge is a dedicated space where youth engage in innovative programming that can ignite their passion for academics. Scholastic will equip the new Learning Lounge with more than 800 books, a 1-year subscription to Scholastic Classroom Magazines, including Science World®, Choices®, The New York Times Upfront®, Scholastic Art® and DynaMath®, as well as digital subscriptions, such as Scholastic Go!® and BookFlix®, which offers children access to interactive lessons, videos and hands-on projects – as well as access to more than 300,000 vetted websites and 1100 world newspapers.Each day, an estimated 11 million children in the United States leave school and have no place to go. Boys & Girls Clubs of America focuses on the critical role of positive and productive out-of-school time, to ensure kids find success during school and achieve a great future. With the addition of this new Learning Lounge Valentine Club will have an inviting place where youth can engage in hands-on learning opportunities that complement and reinforce what they learn in school.

"Achieving academically is a key component to achieving a great future. It is our goal to do all we can to provide state-of-the-art spaces where kids and teens in our community can go to have access to quality learning resources that can help them graduate from high school with a plan for the future," said BGCC President Mimi LeClair. "We’re very excited about the Learning Lounge and we thank JCPenney Cares for its commitment to our Boys & Girls Club and the Bridgeport community."Each year, Boys & Girls Clubs prepare nearly four million kids to succeed in school by providing educational programs throughout its nearly 4,200 Clubs including homework help, tutoring and academic enrichment activities after school and during the summer.