Specialized Initiatives 

CLUBTECH

Through ClubTech, and thanks to a more than $100 million donation from Microsoft, BGCA is providing Clubs with the tools to make Club members and staff effective technology users.  Clubs receive a comprehensive package of the latest Microsoft products–a combined $88 million software gift.  With another $12.3 million in cash, BGCA has developed technology programs that will give members basic computer skills, introduce them to digital movie making, music making, photography, graphic design, and web development as well as guide staff in using technology to enhance all program offerings.  ClubTech also includes extensive technology opportunities for Club staff at all professional levels.
The following initiatives emphasize community mobilization and family involvement as strategies Clubs can use to better serve more young people and broaden the impact of all Club programs.

EMBRACING INCLUSION

This initiative provides Clubs with resources to enhance their services to youth with disabilities within fun, safe environments. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly 13 percent of young people ages 6 to 14 have a disability (2001).  Unfortunately, many of these young people have limited access to after-school programs that provide engaging, enjoyable opportunities for social and personal development.  BGCA is working with Kids Included Together (KIT) to provide Club professionals and volunteers with effective strategies, tools, and best practices for recruiting more youth with disabilities and serving them more effectively.  This program is funded by Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation.

LATINO OUTREACH INITIATIVE

This initiative provides Clubs with resources to enhance their services to youth with disabilities within fun, safe environments. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly 13 percent of young people ages 6 to 14 have a disability (2001).  Unfortunately, many of these young people have limited access to after-school programs that provide engaging, enjoyable opportunities for social and personal development.  BGCA is working with Kids Included Together (KIT) to provide Club professionals and volunteers with effective strategies, tools, and best practices for recruiting more youth with disabilities and serving them more effectively.  This program is funded by Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation.