Boys & Girls Club of Greater Derry

Education & Career Development

Technology

The Club has two state of the art computer labs, made possible by the Alexander Eastman Foundation. PC’s are available for all members to aid in homework, school projects, and internet education. Members can take advantage of a quiet Technology Center to get help completing their homework, read or just explore the endless possibilities of the internet. We offer an internet safety program called NetSmartz.

Club Tech

The result of a partnership between Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Microsoft Corporation, Club Tech is an ambitious project to provide Clubs with software and develop technology programs, curriculum and training for the Boys & Girls Club Movement. More than 3.3 million undeserved children and teens will be given access not only to technology, but also to resources that will help them become effective technology users.

Power Hour

Every Monday through Thursday afternoon, the Club provides homework help, using staff members and volunteer tutors. Help is provided for homework, writing papers, doing research and projects, and learning to use the Internet to accomplish these tasks. All students who participate can gain “points” to be applied toward incentives and rewards.

Project Learn

Project Learn reinforces and enhances the skills and knowledge young people learn at school during the hours they spend at the Club. The program is based on Dr. Reginald Clark’s research showing that students do much better in school when they spend their non-school hours engaged in “fun” but academically beneficial activities.

Through Project Learn, Club staff use all the areas and programs in the Club to create opportunities for these “high-yield learning activities,” which include leisure reading, writing activities, discussions with knowledgeable adults, helping others, homework help and tutoring and games like Scrabble that develop young people’s cognitive skills.

Project Learn also emphasizes parent involvement and collaboration between Club staff and school personnel as critical factors in creating the best after-school learning environment for Club members. Extensively field-tested and formally evaluated by Columbia University with funding from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, Project Learn has been proven to boost the academic performance of Club members.