Education & Career Development


Sharpen your pencils and get ready for the revamped Power Hour: Making Minutes Count. The program provides Club professionals with strategies, activities, resources and information to create an engaging homework help and tutoring program that encourages Club members ages 6-12 and 13-18 to become self-directed learners. 


Career Launch encourages Club members ages 13-18 to assess their skills and interests, explore careers, make sound educational decisions and prepare to join our nation's ever-changing work force. Club staff or volunteers can use theCareer Exploration Quick Reference Guideto work with teens individually or in small groups to build their job-search skills and job readiness. Career Launch Teen Tips is an easy-to-read, pocket-sized booklet for teens full of practical job-hunting advice that comes with an attractive portfolio for storing resumes, job applications and other job-hunting documents. The dynamic Career Launch Web site provides Club teens, staff and volunteers with online career exploration and college and job search information and interactive activities. Mentoring and job shadowing opportunities for Club teens and training for Club staff round out the program. 

Money Matters promotes financial responsibility and independence among Club members ages 13-18 by building their basic money management skills. Participants learn how to manage a checking account, budget, save and invest. They also learn about starting small businesses and paying for college. Money Matters features three components. The Teen Personal Finance Guide is a fun, attractive booklet containing practical tips and activities to help teens learn the important skills of balancing a checkbook, creating a budget and saving and investing for college and retirement. The Facilitator's Guide provides Club staff and volunteers with basic financial information and instructions for easy-to-implement small-group activities. The Money Matters Web site, http://moneymatters.bgca.net, offers teens an engaging online tool for building their money management knowledge and skills through interactive activities, games and tools like a savings and financial aid calculator to plan for college. 

Teen Entrepreneur Program

The Teen Entrepreneur Program is a program designed to give selected high school Sophomores in Iredell County the opportunity to begin and run their own business. Teen Entrepreneur is for sophomores at North Iredell, South Iredell, Statesville, West Iredell, and Mitchell Community College’s Early College. This is a free program and free transportation is available at most schools. The program runs twice each year: January through May and August through December. Students in this program will learn about:the importance of good first impressions, the costs associated with starting a business, accounting, marketing including making business cards and flyers, sales & customer service. Students are encouraged to make sales to friends, family and neighbors. Past students in this program have made up to $1,000.00 while participating in this program. Students will hear speakers from the business community; take field trips to local businesses, and have the opportunity to job shadow a career that interests him/her the most.

Meeting Information(Meetings are once a week)

NORTH/SOUTH/ MCC’s EC Monday 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm STATESVILLE YMCA

STATESVILLE H.S. Tuesday 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm BOYS & GIRLS CLUB

WEST IREDELL H.S. Wednesday 3:45 pm – 5:15 pm BOYS & GIRLS CLUB

For more information, please contact Christy Hare at 704-397-2429. Spaces are limited and will be filled on a first come, first served basis.

Technology-Club Tech

Skill Tech I

Skill Tech I: outlines the basics in computer skills in fun and age-appropriate online course ware. Club members perform activities toward the completion of larger projects, mastering valuable computer skills along the way in word processing, spreadsheets and other productivity software. The program includes the following topics:

  • An introduction to the desktop
  • Basic navigation skills
  • An understanding of how computers operate including, the ability to identify parts of the computer and basic computer terms
  • An introduction to productivity, reference and educational software
  • The ability to search the Internet to find and review information
  • Internet safety

Skill Tech II

Skill Tech II: focuses on developing specific, age-appropriate technology skills, with an emphasis on computer hardware, networking and the Internet. It is designed to teach advanced, yet practical technology skills to Club members aged 6 to 18, and features three eight-session programs, one for each age group: 6-9, 10-13 and 14-18.