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If you’re looking for a volunteer opportunity, why not choose one that’s fun, fast-paced, and has the potential to change lives?

As an individual or group, we have plenty of ways you can get involved—from something as tame as assisting with homework to something as wild as ten-on-ten dodgeball.

See below for a complete list of volunteer opportunities.

250

individual volunteers in 2016

35,843

meals served in 2016

18

corporate groups in 2016

31,567

snacks served in 2016

Club Programs

Below are the programs we offer at Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth. Some are scheduled, some are spontaneous— either way, there’s a lot of learning and playing happening each day. Here’s a taste of the excitement you might be a part of as a volunteer at the clubs.

Power Hour

Every afternoon, right after school, Power Hour is a program providing homework help in our learning centers.

Science & Weather

This program explores the science behind the weather we experience each and every day.

Career Pathways

This Saturday program introduces teens to career options with guest speakers and question and answer sessions.

Chess Club

Learn the skills and strategies required to become a master chess player!

Quiz Bowls/Trivia

Everybody loves trivia so come on down to the clubs and show us what you’ve got!

DIY STEM

Explore the world of Lego education with cool and exciting Lego projects from cars to clocks.

Cooking With Chemistry

Every day cooking requires a lot more science than one might think. Learn about the science behind cooking our favorite BGC dishes.

Money Matters

Club members learn the basics of personal finance through an interactive curriculum around making smart decisions when it comes to money.

Lego Club

Get your Science, Technology, Engineering and Math on with hands-on, real-life applications of STEM. Sample projects include creating homemade light bulbs, designing and launching rockets, studying physical and chemical changes by making rock candy and the science of sports.

Young Bo$$es

This summer program for middle schoolers focuses on entrepreneurship. Teams start small businesses and learn the value of teamwork while strengthening business math skills and concepts.

Digital Arts

From photo club to music tech to our film club, we love everything about the digital arts. Our members explore various concepts in all things tech in this exciting program.

National Fine Arts

This Boys & Girls Clubs of America program encourages artistic expression among club members ages 6 to 18 through drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, mixed media and sculpture displayed at local and regional exhibits.

Music Makers

Part of our performing arts program, MusicMakers provides no-cost lessons in piano, guitar and percussion/drums. This program also includes our BGC Chorus and Teen Chorus.

Art Room Projects

In addition to digital and fine arts programs, the art room is a great space to simply create and express yourself! Projects such as drawing, painting, sculpting and more provide a rich atmosphere for getting in the zone.

Passport to Manhood

Passport to Manhood teaches responsibility to boys ages 11 to 14 with sessions that focus on a specific aspect of character and manhood through highly interactive activities.

Torch Club

Torch Clubs are small-group leadership and service clubs for boys and girls in middle school. A Torch Club is a powerful vehicle that helps club staff meet the special character development needs of younger adolescents at a critical stage in their life.

Youth of the Year

Youth of the Year is Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s premier recognition program. It is our signature effort to foster a new generation of leaders, fully prepared to live and lead in a diverse, global and integrated world economy. Local winners receive a scholarship and go on to compete at the state and possibly regional and national levels.

Keystone

Keystone is the ultimate teen program for youth ages 13 to 18. This unique program provides leadership development opportunities for youth to participate in activities, both in and out of the club, in three focus areas: academic success, career preparation and community service. With the guidance of an adult advisor, Keystone aim to positively impact teens, their club, and local communities.

SMART Girls

SMART Girls provides health, fitness, prevention/education and self-esteem enhancement for girls ages 8 to 17.

Healthy Habits

Designed to incorporate healthy living and active learning in every part of the club experience, Healthy Habits emphasizes good nutrition, regular physical activity and improving overall well-being.

Smart Leaders

This teen program provides coaching on how to be an effective leader in your community, your school and your social circles. By providing opportunities for our teens to lead we are equipping them with skills they need to attain future success in their work, career and life.

F.R.E.S.H.

Learn how to use fresh, local ingredients to make healthy and delicious meals in this exciting program.

Triple Play

Triple Play is a comprehensive health and wellness program. It strives to improve the overall health of club members ages 6-18 by increasing daily physical activity, teaching them about good nutrition and helping them develop healthy relationships. Triple Play gym activities include volleyball, soccer, dodgeball, and many more.

Football

Our football program is open to all 3rd-6th graders and is offered every fall. Everybody is welcome to participate in the tackle football program. Practices are held evenings during the week and games are played on Saturdays. Helmets and uniforms are provided.

Basketball

Our basketball program is open to all 3rd-6th grade girls & boys during the winter season–during this time we also offer Saturday open gyms for all ages. Travel leagues for all ages are available during the summer months. Uniforms are provided.

Soccer

Our spring soccer program is open to boys & girls ages 12-14 and plays through the Grand Rapids Sports & Rec league. Practices are held evenings during the week and games are played on Saturdays. Uniforms are provided.

Club Events

Want to know what we’re up to today? tomorrow? next week? Check our calendar— and see what events and activities are going on, and which might be the best opportunity for you.

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