Who We Are: Boys & Girls Clubs of America
For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Each year, nearly 4 million young people enter the doors of a Club or BGCA-affiliated Youth Center, with over 300 sites located in public housing across the nation.
Our ConnectHomeUSA Commitment
Boy and Girls Clubs of America (BCGA) will commit to making the BCGA "Our Digital Youth Development" and My Future Essentials" programs available to youth in and near the selected public housing authorities and local club sites.
In 2015, BGCA launched our Digital Youth Development initiative to reimagine the way we manage, educate and mentor youth. This transformation will allow BGCA and our Clubs to effectively serve young people for decades to come through in-person and digitally blended learning experiences. The My.Future Essentials program is our foundational digital literacy program; it was constructed upon the Mozilla Web Literacy Standards and the ISTE standards, and utilizes project-based exploration, portfolios and digital badging to ensure youth learn to build productively toward what they need to know for school, career and life. Coupled with our efforts to promote Internet knowledge and safe online habits, we are ready to scale our digital programs nationally and excited to bring this opportunity to our members and families that are served by club sites in and near public housing units.
With public housing club sites in over half of the 27 participating communities, Boys & Girls Clubs of America will work to implement the My.Future Essentials program in participating communities as well as build out the capacity for this program as it relates to enhanced internet connectivity, staff, equipment and training.
Why We’re Involved in ConnectHomeUSA
Today’s youth must learn to navigate the digital landscape and generate technology solutions to become globally competitive 21st century leaders. Increasing costs and skill requirements continue to expand the technology-equity gap, making it more and more difficult for families and children to capitalize on the opportunities afforded by digital literacy. BGCA is happy to join with EveryoneOn and the ConnectHomeUSA program to accelerate the closing of this digital divide among children and families living in public housing communities around the country.