Academic programs in Fall River, MA | Boys & Girls Club of Fall River
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Preparing Children for Academic Success

The Boys & Girls Club of Fall River offers various programs that are designed to hone children’s skills and values while developing their love of learning. The clubs and classes under these programs are open to the youth in Fall River, MA.

Education and Career Development

Our Education and Career Development programs prepare our members to graduate from high school. We also help them get ready for college, trade school, military, or employment.

Power Hour
Through homework assistance and completion, our Power Hour program is intended to help young people develop academic, behavioral, and social skills. Members get help with homework from one of our staff members or volunteers.

This program is available from Tuesday through Friday, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., in our E.P. “Chuck” Charlton Library.

Reading Club
This club is open for all of our members. Each participant will read a designated book, participate in a group discussion, and conclude each session with a project relevant to the reading and discussion.

We offer 3 separate programs:

Science Club
This is a weekly hands-on science program wherein the members run their own science experiments, including ROVs (remotely operated vehicles) and ZOOM Glue. This club is science, engineering, problem solving, and fun all rolled into one.

Digital Arts Suite
These programs aim to develop our members’ technical skills, critical thinking, and creativity. The members create projects in graphic design, web design, electronic music making, digital photography, and digital movie making.

Design Tech
The members learn artistic concepts and technology skills by using digital courseware for group and individual activities. With this knowledge, the members create professional-quality print materials and animation using photo manipulation software and Microsoft Publisher.

Photo Tech
Members take digital photographs and study distance, angle, and photo composition. Then, through interactive courseware, they learn to manipulate digital photos in group and individual activities. They do everything from basic tasks, such as cropping and adjusting color and light, to advanced projects, such as using image filters and layering with photo manipulation software.

Music Tech
Through interactive digital courseware, the members explore music software and basic music theory in individual and group activities. They also learn to write sheet music, mix music loops, compose, and record songs.

Movie Tech
The members create simple movies using movie-editing software in individual and group activities through interactive digital courseware. The detailed instructor materials show the Club staff how to walk members through the procedures of screenplay writing, filming, and digital movie editing.

Skill Tech
This is a program designed to familiarize the youth with technology, specifically basic computer skills, Internet use, and productivity software.

National Fine Arts and National Fine Arts Exhibit
The members create various art projects through different mediums including collage, sculpture, mixed media, watercolor, and monochromatic and multicolored drawing. A yearly art exhibit is held showcasing each member’s work. Then, the artwork is sent to the regional and, potentially, national level.

Drawing Class
This program enables members to learn how to turn 3D objects into 2D drawings as well as how to create their own drawings. Techniques such as perspective drawing and shading will be taught in the mediums of multicolored and monochromatic drawings.

Painting Class
This class allows members to work with various types of paint including watercolor, acrylic, and tempera. Throughout this class, the participants will learn to shade and use different brush techniques.

Open Arts Room
The kids will learn how to work with different mediums, such as mixed media, pastels, and collage materials, during Open Arts Room. This involves a variety of fun projects from printmaking to arts and crafts.

Healthy Lifestyles

Kids Café

Dinner served TuesdayFriday from 5pm to 6pm
Lunch served Saturdays from 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Healthy Lifestyles
Our Healthy Lifestyles programs are designed to prepare our members in adopting a healthy diet, practicing healthy lifestyle choices, and making a lifelong commitment to fitness.

This is an internet safety program produced with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. It comes with age-appropriate interactive modules that teach the importance of safely surfing the web, including social media websites such as Twitter and Facebook.

This program is a health, fitness, prevention/education, and self-esteem enhancement program geared toward girls. It is designed to encourage healthy lifestyles and attitudes that will enable adolescent and teen girls to develop to their full potential.

This comprehensive prevention program helps young people resist alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs as well as avoid premature sexual activity. The program involves interactive, small-group activities that increase the participants’ peer support, build resiliency, enhance life skills, and strengthen leadership skills.

This year-round program utilizes age-specific modules that engage the Club staff, parents, community members, and older teen participants in a team approach to prevention.

Street SMARTs
With a focus on bullying, this program helps counteract the negative lures of violence, gangs, and street influences on young adolescents.

Good Character and Citizenship

Our Good Character and Citizenship programs prepare our members to be an engaged citizen who is involved in the community, to register to vote, and to model strong character.

Keystone Club
This club is a premier High School Leadership program. Created in 1964, keystoning meets the vitally important needs of high school students for positive group experiences. With the guidance of the Club staff, we provide teens with opportunities to engage in academic and career experiences, make leadership decisions, and serve others.

Torch Club
This chartered small-group leadership and service club is open for girls and boys in grades fifth through eighth. The program is a powerful vehicle through which the Club staff can help meet the special needs of younger adolescents at a critical stage in their development.

The club members learn to work with each other to plan and implement activities in 4 areas:

  • Education
  • Health and Fitness
  • Service to the Club and Community
  • Social Recreation

Licensed Afterschool Program

Our licensed after school program is operated by the Boys & Girls Club of Fall River. It is a fee based program that provides children between the ages of 5-14 transportation from school to the Boys & Girls Club where they will participate in enrichment opportunities until 5:30pm.

The program administrator will staff the program with qualified individuals, maintaining ratios and standards that meet or exceed all licensing requirements for the MA Department of Early Education and Care.

Our program provides a wholesome environment that promotes social, physical, and character development. It also supplements the parents’ and schools’ efforts to meet the children’s intellectual and educational needs.

Our after-school program allows children to balance learning and fun through several different experiences. From comprehensive homework help to fun physical activities, this program is designed to ensure that everyone goes home happy.

Our focus areas give your child limitless opportunities to reach their full potential.

Homework Help: Whether it’s a science project, book report, or spelling test, our teachers are here to support your child in completing his or her homework. This frees up time in the evenings for you to be together as a family.

Daily Fitness and Healthy Snacks: We assist children in developing healthy bodies, and we encourage proper nutrition through daily physical activities and healthy snacks.

Get in touch with us today at 508-672-6340 to learn more about our programs.