our programs

In partnership with schools, parents, and community organizations BGCP implements proven social and academic interventions. These programs provide students with the opportunities to achieve in school and in life. We share facilities, curriculum, data, and staff training to deliver acdemic and social interventions designed to increase student outcomes and graduation rates.

  • Academic enrichment and support
  • Access to 1:1 tutoring and long-term mentorship
  • College and career exposure
  • Chances to make meaningful choices about their lives
  • New opportunities to discover individual talents and passions
  • Engaging electives, such as sports, the arts, gardening & robotics

After school programs

Our K-12 extended learning sites offer an innovative academic and enrichment program which runs in collaboration with schools, districts, cities, nonprofits, and families. Our programs are a place of belonging and a safe haven. They are filled with positive peer groups and adults who care, who mentor, and who inspire. Here, young people find the support they need to face challenges and fulfill their potential. Our high school program provides academic support and career readiness: i.e., academic case management, skill building towards clubhouse job opportunities,  tutoring,  homework help, financing support, and college application.

summer programs

The Summer Academy extends learning opportunities beyond the classroom for two months of grade-level education. To apply, click the corresponding link beneath the applicable program. To submit your application, simply bring your application to orientation day!

K-5 Grade Summer Learning Academy

  • 5-week program from 8am-4pm
  • Certified teachers providing 3 hours of intensive instruction in English and math
  • 4 hours of enrichment programs in partnership with Galileo Learning (e.g. STEM, fitness and art
  • 6:1 student to adult ratio (teachers, BGCP staff members and community volunteers), enabling small group learning that is hands-on and fun
  • Daily nutritional breakfast, snacks, and lunch

Middle School  6-8 Grade Aim High Partnership

In partnership with our local school community and Aim High we are providing programs including math, science, humanities, issues & choices as well as on and off-campus field trips exposing our youth to colleges and careers. 

high school program

  • 5-week program from June 13 - July 15 12pm-7pm
  • Freshman Rise Up: A transition program preparing rising 9th graders for their first year of high school.
  • Career "tracks" that map to youth's interests and aspirations (e.g. digital art, culinary, business, athletics, law, education, health)
  • LinkedIn Lab: All students (10th - 12th) complete a LinkedIn profile, use LinkedIn to document the skills they acquire and make connections with new people, and explore college and career opportunities
  • Career tracks at Google and LinkedIn: students engage in daily professional challenges that simulate real world scenarios

College Bound Program

College Bound was designed to increase 4-year college acceptance and retention for marginalized, capable students who are at risk of falling through the cracks of the college access pipeline. 

Most of our students’ parents did not attend college, and their schools lack resources to provide substantial college counseling. Thanks to College Bound, students are given the opportunity to receive the guidance they need to choose, apply, gain acceptance, finance, and graduate from a 4-year college.

We identify high school juniors from East Palo Alto, eastern Menlo Park, and Redwood City who are academically solid and could be the first in their families to attend college, but who might not enroll in a 4-year college without structured support. Chosen students and their families will have access to:

  • Grants and scholarships that cover college tuition
  • Personal College Coaches who are experts in college admissions and success
  • College essay support, guidance in selecting schools, a week-long college tour, summer internships, and college life workshops
  • Multi-year college success support for these students and their families from high school, through 4-year college acceptance, and continuing until college graduation
  • Parent workshops on the benefits of a college education, financial aid, debt, and how to cope with a child leaving home

Future Grads Program

Future Grads equips low-income students with the non-academic skills they need to overcome obstacles on their way to college graduation—skills that low-income students routinely do not develop without this support.  It is the newest program offered by the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula (BGCP), and is modeled after the Bright Prospect program in Pomona, CA—which has shown strong results since 2002.

While our program includes counseling on how to apply, complete financial aid forms and choose the right college, we also develop our students’ social and emotional skills, including how to ask for help, access resources, build support networks and maintain confidence.  Future Grads supports its students to and through college graduation.

Future Grads is open to any student at partner high schools.  Most begin after 9th grade in our one-week Summer Academy, where students build relationship and begin to develop a deep commitment to graduating college.  During the school year, Future Grads staff lead monthly leadership workshops and lunch meetings on-campus.  In 2016-2017, we will be partnering with Woodside, Sequoia and EPAA.

The Belle Haven Bikes Program

Belle Haven Bikes is a community hub and bike workshop space – built from repurposed shipping containers – designed to increase educational, employment and health outcomes for the youth of Menlo Park’s Belle Haven community. It is a project of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Peninsula (BGCP).

Belle Haven Bikes serves three core purposes:

  • Act as a youth-led space where teens learn about bike repair, access training that leads to paid work, and help community members to repair their bicycles so they can access work and recreation;

  • Act as a community hub and gathering space at which youth can learn from adults, families can congregate, and young people can gather in a safe and productive setting;

  • Act as a vehicle to promote health and wellness by developing more ridership among children, teen and adult populations unfamiliar with the bike lifestyle.

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