Keeping Connected & Creating Bright Futures in Our Virtual Clubs
To continue to support our Club members and families while our sites are closed, we are excited to announce the launch of our Virtual Club platform!
What is required for Virtual Club?
STEP 1: Access to a computer, iPad or Chromebook with an internet connection.
STEP 2: Parents/Guardians fill out the permission form here.
Virtual Club Schedule
Every week, find a fresh agenda of programming here. Our Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago Academics team develops and curates the youth-development topics, while our Club staff at respective individual Club locations put their own custom spin to the content posted to their Facebook Group. Submit your work to VirtualClub@bgcc.org or the Club Facebook pages!
Click the sections below to see the full weekly agendas and prompts:
Coping with Coronavirus
Tips for nurturing and protecting children at home.
Tips for parents with older children at home.
For parents, prioritizing your own well-being benefits your whole family.
Managing worry — your kids’ and your own.
Tips for calming anxiety during a difficult time.
Kids worry more when they’re kept in the dark. Here’s what to say.
Managing attention (yours and theirs) will help kids thrive.
The goal of Chicago Connected is to provide stable, high-speed Internet service at home to students who need it the most. Chicago Connected will provide Internet Essentials, a low-cost, high-speed Internet service for families at no monthly cost to families.
Students who qualify for high-speed Internet at no monthly cost through the Chicago Connected program have been assigned an activation code to provide to their Internet service provider. Check your eligibility and find your activation code here:
Chicago Connected Eligibility Site: https://www.cps.edu/strategic-initiatives/chicago-connected/eligibility/
More information on Chicago Connected: https://www.cps.edu/strategic-initiatives/chicago-connected/
BGCC Participates in #FeedItForward
BGCC Participates in the #FeedItForward Food Program. Learn more HERE.
1. Are you struggling still deciding which In-State School to visit? You are in luck to visit campus virtually and chat live with faculty and staff.
Chicago State is hosting a virtual open house. Students will be able to chat live with faculty and staff to learn about the admissions process. The open house will take place April 16, 2020 at 10:00am -2:00pm & 3:00pm-7:00pm. The date listed is on April 30, 2020. Learn more here: https://csuopenhouse2020.com
NIU is hosting virtual information sessions appointments and tours. You can schedule an appointment to learn more daily. Learn more here: https://www.niu.edu/admissions/visit/virtual.shtml
2. Where you looking forward to visiting colleges during spring break? If so you are in luck! Find the right college for you virtually!
- Please find 3 HBCU’S that you are interested in visiting and visit virtually! Click on the link of the schools that you want to learn more about.
- Students should write down at least 5 things that interest them about that college or university, and at least 1question that they still have about the schools. http://www.blackexcel.org/virtual.htm
- Please find 3 schools that are an interest to you any state and any school! Click on the link of your school of choice and learn all you need to know about that campus!
- Students should write down at least 5 things that interest them about that college or university, and at least 1question that they still have about the schools. https://www.youvisit.com/collegesearch/
3. Are you a 7th Grader or even an 8th Grader getting ready for High School? Visit and research at least 3 High Schools virtually.
- Students should write down at least 5 things that interest them about each school, and at least 1 question that they still have about the schools. They can also watch at least 1 video from a high school.
- Talk with a parent, guardian or trusted adult about the high schools they are interested in, and why. If they’ve already started their high school research as 7th graders, they can share that specific information as well.
- Draw a picture of their ideal high school and include as much detail as possible. They should be creative! It doesn’t have to be based on a real school that they’ve seen in person. https://hsbound.org
4. What do you want to be when you grow up?
Draw a picture of their dream job and include as much detail as possible. They should be creative! It doesn’t have to be based on a real career or job that they’ve seen in person.
Student should pick their top 3 choices out of the 10 choices that are listed and share what they learned.
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