The goal of Madison’s educational plan is to provide a seamless framework of enhanced programming that ensures that members become engaged in learning as early as possible, and continue to receive much-needed resources, guidance, and support as they progress academically and socially from early childhood to late adolescence. Our educational programs complement regular school-day activities, enhance academic performance, foster positive study habits, and encourage self-discipline, keeping youth on track as they transition through school and on to college.
The Explorers Academy (ages 6 to 9) is an intensive education initiative serving Madison’s youngest members in order to instill an early and lifelong interest in learning, enhance academic performance, and improve members’ attitudes toward school.
The Juniors Academy (ages 10 to 12) implements the national Boys & Girls Club strategy, BE GREAT: Graduate, which combines additional academic support, one-on-one mentoring, and timely intervention to youth at risk of dropping out of school.
Project Graduate (ages 13 to 18) is a comprehensive, college-bound curriculum for offering teens guidance and specific skill-building opportunities to help them meet high school graduation requirements and to successfully navigate the college application process.
The Computer Literacy Program helps bridge the digital divide for under-resourced students by providing youth with the technology skills they need to successfully compete in school and the future workplace. Clubhouse members learn standard computer applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint as well as Internet, email, and online research skills. In addition they have access to a variety of online curricula for schoolwork assistance, educational enhancement, and career preparation.
The Financial Literacy Program prepares Madison teens to be financially savvy and independent young adults in the real world. Through interactive activities and exercises, youth gain useful financial skills such as managing a checking account, budgeting, saving, investing, entrepreneurship and saving for college.
CareerLaunch prepares members with specific skills that will enable them to secure employment and be successful in the working world. This initiative focuses on job preparation, helping teens to develop a greater interest and appreciation for the world of work, increase their knowledge of potential career opportunities, learn effective job search strategies, build professional work habits, and obtain hands-on work experience.