Herbert Hoover Boys & Girls Club of St. Louis Inc.
BE GREAT Graduate Dropout Prevention Program
BE GREAT: Graduate is a comprehensive, targeted dropout prevention intervention offered to Normandy High School teens, which is designed to enhance at-risk youth engagement with learning by providing consistent support from a network of caring and trusted professionals. Based on the evidence-based "Check & Connect" model, the program uses counseling and case management with a Licensed Master's level Social Worker and small group mentoring sessions developed by the Boys & Girls Clubs of America in healthy lifestyles, character education, and education & career development, with goals for participating teens to develop the academic, emotional and social skills necessary to achieve academic success. Programming will take place during the school day and after school in the spring and fall semesters and in a full-day eight-week summer program in 2020 through 2022.
North St. Louis County, Teen Center of Excellence
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis is building a Teen Center of Excellence in North St. Louis County to address many of the challenges that youth in those communities face. Specifically, the state-of-the-art Teen Center will address the social, emotional and physical health of this vulnerable population. A robust slate of programs will ensure that members do not become disconnected (they will stay in school and/or will be employed and productive members of the workforce).
Youth Development Prevention Programs
BGCSTL will provide programs focused on risk prevention and building health and life skills for youth ages 6 - 18 at three school-based Boys & Girls Clubs in North St. Louis County: the Riverview Gardens Club at Highland Elementary in the Riverview Gardens School District and the Hazelwood Elementary School Club at Larimore Elementary School, Southeast Middle School Club and Hazelwood East High School in the Hazelwood School District. These programs include the SMART (Skills Mastery and Resistance Training) Girls program for Club girls and Passport to Manhood program for Club boys. These programs (as well as BGCSTLâ€™s additional comprehensive youth development programs) are offered every day after school and during a seven- to eight-week summer camp for youth to reach three priority outcomes: academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles.
Located in Ferguson, the Teen Center will serve teens from four North County school districts, all of which have graduation rates that are lower than the state average. Programs will focus on promoting health and wellness, academic achievement, workforce development, STEAM and leadership and civic engagement.