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!
STEP 1: All that is needed to get started is access to a computer, iPad or Chromebook and an internet connection. If you do not have an internet connection in your home, Comcast is offering free internet service in response to COVID-19. To apply for 25 Mbps speed please visit https://www.internetessentials.com/covid19 or call 1-855-846-8376. The program’s website says to apply by April 30th.
STEP 2: Parents/guardians, to have your members participate, please visit and follow/subscribe to your Club member’s Facebook school site to stay up to date on news, activities, and more. Below is the contact information for each Club site. If you have questions about the activities, programs, or need help with MyFuture, please do not hesitate to reach out to any of our Club site directors.
ZOOM MEETING - Our remote video chat service that allows online meetings and classes with Site Directors and children enrolled in Virtual Club. Site Directors and Staff will be communicating with children using this platform. Zoom will be used for the Live Virtual Club Experience. If you are using a smartphone or tablet, please download the Zoom Meeting App (Android and iOS are supported) and enter the Club Site Meeting ID below. If you are using a computer or Chromebook, please click HERE, followed by entering the Club site Meeting ID.
YOUTUBE - Club Sites will have previously recorded Zoom Meetings and other videos posted to help members with activities. YouTube accounts are not necessary to access these videos.
MYFUTURE PROGRAM - is a digital tool to learn, play, and socialize, as part of the digital Club experience. Here, members like you can share media projects, participate in contests to win awesome prizes, and earn badges to show you’ve accomplished. To get started in creating a MyFuture account click HERE, or click your Club Site’s YouTube link below to get started.
FACEBOOK PAGES - Club Sites will be updated regularly to reflect upcoming Live Virtual Club Experience times using Zoom Meeting, schedules, and any other information to help each child participate in this program. Parents may need to log in under their Facebook accounts if the child does not have their own Facebook. Please submit the permission form below to join our Club Facebook pages and share your work!
In an effort to continuously serve members during the Club closure, Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago will use software, tools, and applications provided by third-parties that members, parents/guardians and/or staff will access via the internet and use for purposes of communication and programing. Submit your work here: VirtualClub@bgcc.org or Club Facebook pages!
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Wednesday's K-5 Origami Heart:
Friday's K-5 Nature Art:
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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!
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.
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.
Chicago Rx - The Chicago Rx Card is a free and easy way to save up to 80% on prescription drugs at more than 59,000 pharmacies across the country including Rite Aid, Kroger, Osco, CVS, Walmart, Walgreens and many more. No registration or pre-qualification needed. The card is free, pre-activated and can be used immediately! The Chicago Rx card can be used by individuals and family members regardless of a person’s health, age, immigration status, or income, and there are no limits on how many times it can be used. Find out more at www.chicagorxcard.com
Smart 911 - Sign up for Smart 911 and create a safety profile for yourself and your family. In the event of an emergency, your Safety Profile is made available to call takers the moment your phone or one associated with your account dials 9-1-1. The service is free and sign up can be completed in minutes at www.smart911.com.