“This post was sponsored by the Boys & Girls Club of America as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central.”
We’ve all heard of the Boys & Girls Club. They’ve been around over a 150 years and are situated in over 4,200 locations across the country, as well as on military installations worldwide. In those locations, they reach over 4 million youth, the majority of which are between the ages of 6 and 12. Do you know what the Boys & Girls Club offers them though? What are they doing to keep up with technology?
Many kids who take advantage of the Boys & Girls Club after school and summer programs may not have access to the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs they need. Kids need to be introduced to these early when they are still curious about how everything works. My son, who is 10, wants to be an electrical engineer. That sounds like a daunting task to me, but he is insistent, so we are doing all we can to encourage him. We’ve told him what classes he’ll need in high school and college to prepare for the goal of being an engineer. STEM jobs in the U.S. are expected to grow nearly twice as fast as other fields by 2018. Kids today need these skills to effectively compete. We’ll support our son in any way we can. Luckily we are in a school district that puts emphasis on science and technology. With so many school districts consistently having to trim budgets, it’s scary to see how fast things like technology, which are essential these days but aren’t always deemed essential, get cut. Computer skills are a must for so many jobs now, but if you don’t get it in school or at home, you are kinda stuck. The Boys & Girls Club can help with that.
The My.Future platform give kids the chance to explore topics they are already interested in. In exploring those topics, they develop a passion for it, which leads to more education and careers. Research has shown that out-of-school programs like the Boys & Girls Club, advance science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) knowledge, and increase interest in these careers.
It’s a pretty cool platform. There are three different sections or Essentials as they call them. The Essentials are Building, Exploring, and Communicating. Each Essential has a number of activities that range in difficulty. Kids will love these though. Some of the activities are shown below.
Passwords and Hackers
Intro to Excel
How To Make a Graph
Building a Computer on a Budget
And so, so, many more
They cover such a wide variety of things, that anyone will be able to find things that interest them. All the activities tell you exactly what items you’ll need, are super easy to navigate, some are on and some are off the computer, but the steps are all there for what needs to be done. This is something I would gladly involve my kids in. I’d much rather have him doing activities like this instead of playing some video game. These activities are real world things that everyone needs to know. Anyone interested in computers would be thrilled to learn more about malware, the internal parts of a computer, and Excel. There are basics though that all kids need like how to effectively search, discussing user names, and cyber-bulling.
Check it out and then introduce the My.Future platform to your kids. You won’t be disappointed.