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CSER 579-001: Boy's & Girl's Club: Greater Lynchburg

Supervisor

Mark Sheehan (434-238-3215 or Email)

Herb Smith (434-846-1111 or Email)

Description

Why volunteer at the Club? You will have the opportunity to make a positive impact on individual members’ or change many members’ lives. Our mission is "Fighting Poverty One Child At A Time". If we change enough lives we will then collectively change the entire community!

Volunteer Needs

Be Great: Graduate! Mentor – Check & Connect system is intended to ensure graduation and is designed to enhance each Club member’s dreams by providing consistent support from caring and trusted adults developing the academic, emotional, and social skills needed to Be Great! B&GC staff identifies members that have the risk factors for dropping out, including attendance, behavior or achieve less than a “C” or better in the 4 core subject areas (Math, English, History, and Science). Volunteer service is needed 1 hour a week until May 2016. Roughly 47 hours of service. College students mentor during their semesters and contact Club members via email and phone. Be life changing!

Power Hour: Making minutes count!  This program is designed to help Club members complete their homework. Studies have shown that students that are prepared for class having all assignments completed have a greater chance of achieving in school. Volunteers have the opportunity to work as a team with another volunteer, help Club members individually or work with a group of 8 members. 40 volunteers per day are needed, Monday through Thursday; 30 volunteers at the Madison Street Unit and 10 volunteers at our Dewitt Unit. Members 6 to 12 years of age are the primary target for this program. We also have teen members that need help with Algebra I and Algebra II to prepare for the Standards of Learning Tests (SOL). The Power Hour Program has point systems and volunteers will be able to award members points for homework completion, behavior, and extra reading. At the end of the week, members can spend their points at the Power Hour store or save them for large Power Prizes! Be Academic!

Needs-based programming: These prevention programs involve teaching life skills. The programs are designed to meet B&G Club “Formula for Impact” our outcome-driven approach to youth development. The Club has three priority outcome areas: academic success, Leadership & Character Development and Healthy Life Skills. The curriculums are 8 to 20 sessions. A volunteer would have to commit to a minimum of 15 hours. Training will be provided.  Primary ages for needs-based programming is 9 to 18 years of age, there are also gender-specific programs - SMART Girls and Passport to Manhood. Be Inspirational!

Interest-Based Programming: Members need to have fun activities to help them feel like they belong. Many of these activities help members achieve our values of sportsmanship, fair play, and honesty. Volunteers have the ability to design their own interest program music, art, sports or can use the best practice “Triple Play!” system. Triple Play! has a variety of fun daily challenges helping our members to experience the thrill of playing competitive and non-competitive games. With advanced notice, volunteers can start leagues or tournaments. The Club will provide the materials to make it successful. These activities are based on the “Targeted Outreach” approach offering members more excitement than they would otherwise have on the streets or at home. Be Fun!

Club Maintenance: If you are talented fixing, painting or cleaning we need your skills. The core values of the Club are to provide a clean, safe and fun environment for all members and other youth served. Helping maintain the physical plant has a profound effect on members and community perceptions. We hope that keeping our Club grounds, gardens and interior clean and neat will inspire the community to keep their property clean. The clean and well-maintained property has also been proven to discourage crime. Be Great!

Volunteer orientations are held Wednesdays at 5:15 p.m. or by appointment.

Clubhouses 
Madison Street Unit is located at 1101 Madison Street Lynchburg VA 24504 Direct Number (434) 846-1111
Jefferson Park Clubhouse is located on the campus of 405 York Street, Lynchburg 24501 Direct Number (434) 386-1806

 

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