*** UPDATE ***
We have reached capacity in our after-school program for both our elementary and teens. Once we are able to hire more staff we will be able to open more spots. We will reevaluate our capacities on September 27th and if we are able to open more spots we will announce it on our Facebook page and website. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about our future membership registrations.
AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM REGISTRATION
WE ARE GEARING UP FOR OUR AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM REGISTRATION AND WANT TO PROVIDE YOU WITH SOME IMPORTANT DATES AND CHANGES TO OUR PROCEDURES.
Orientation – We will be holding in-person orientations here at the Club, August 23-August 27 and August 30-September 3 from 6pm-7pm. **Masks are required when inside the facility.
- Registration will be done ONLINE through a system called Parent Portal.
- In order to gain access to Parent Portal, you must:
• Attend Orientation (only for families who have NEVER attended the Club OR haven’t participated in our program in over 3 years)
• If you have been a member within the past three years, you must request login information from our Membership Services Office via email – email@example.com
- Parents/Guardians will only be able to input/update required information into their account prior to September 7, and will need to wait to register for Membership until September 7. (See below for guidance on how to enroll).
- Registration will begin on September 7 at 9am.
CAPACITY – We are having to limit the number of members we can take due to a staffing shortage. Each age group will have a “cap” of how many can enroll. The hope is that when we are able to hire more staff, we will open additional spots for enrollment. We understand this can and will be a hindrance to many of our families. Please be patient with us as we navigate through this process and work to get people hired. We want to provide the best possible care to our members.
HOURS OF OPERATION:
The Boys & Girls Club of Albany is open on school days and on select non-school days.
Please see the Club Calendar for specific non-school days and Club closure dates.
PARENT ORIENTATION IS REQUIRED FOR CHILDREN NEW TO ATTENDING OUR AFTER SCHOOL OR SUMMER PROGRAM.
IF YOU HAVE ATTENDED ORIENTATION IN THE LAST 3 YEARS, YOU WILL NOT BE REQUIRED TO ATTEND FOR THE 2021-2022 MEMBERSHIP YEAR.
ORIENTATION WILL TAKE PLACE AUGUST 23-27 AND AUGUST 30-SEPTEMBER 3. FOLLOWING THESE DATES, ORIENTATION WILL CONTINUE THROUGHOUT THE SCHOOL YEAR EVERY MONDAY AT 6:00 PM.
THERE WILL BE NO ORIENTATION IF A HOLIDAY LANDS ON A MONDAY.
HOW TO ENROLL
- We are still operating at a very limited capacity due to COVID-19 restrictions and a staffing shortage. We will continue to have parents enroll and sign up their child(ren) for their annual membership if spots are available. We will be reevaluating program numbers every two weeks in hopes of adding more members to our after-school program.
- In order to enroll your child(ren) into the after-school program you will need to attend a mandatory orientation if you have never been through our program OR it has been over three years since last attending. Orientation will take place 8/23/21-9/3/2021 at 6pm at the Club and then every Monday at 6pm following these dates.
- Once you have attended orientation you will need to contact our Membership Services Coordinator, via email, who will send a Parent Portal registration link. That email is firstname.lastname@example.org. **If you already have a Parent Portal account you will continue to use the same login information in order to register.
- Below is a step-by-step explanation on how to enroll once receiving your account information (you will need to complete steps 3-7 to enroll each child planning to attend the Club):
- You will receive two emails, one that provides a verification link that you will need to click and a second email that will assign you a temporary password for your account
- Sign in to your account using credentials from your emails
- You will be required to create/update all member information (i.e. grade, school, emergency contacts, household information, etc.)
- Click the Enroll tab on the top of page (second tab from the left)
- Select child’s name
- Select BGCA
- Select 2021-2022 age appropriate age group
• Additional enrollment steps may apply for other programs (i.e. summer)
- If you plan on having your child ride the bus after school to the Club, Parents/Guardians will need to show their school their authorized bus slip that will be listed on their current membership document. This document will come via email once completing the registration process. The schools will not be sending children on the bus unless they receive/are shown their current membership status document from a parent/guardian.
WHAT WILL THE DAY LOOK LIKE?
- Students will arrive off the bus and a health screening will take place before entering our program areas. If a student is unable to pass the health screening we will call home and students will need to be picked up immediately.
- Students will be placed in groups with other students in similar grades.
- Drop-off and Pick-up for Elementary students will be at our Parent Pick-Up room (this is located on the north side of the building) and our teens will be dropped off and picked up at their normal location at the Teen Center.
EMAIL US AT INFO@BGC-ALBANY.ORG TO REQUEST A LINK TO SIGN UP!
WHO CAN JOIN?
Anyone entering the 1st through 12th grade can join the Club for only $25 per year (9/1 thru 8/31). Our doors are open to boys and girls of all races, religions, and ethnic cultures.
WHEN CAN I GO?
The Club is open during hours when kids most need a place to go: after school and select non-school days, Monday through Friday, and during summer. For specific program information, call the Club at 541-926-6666, between 9:00am-5:00pm.
BASIC RULES AFTER JOINING
Members will have the ability to access multiple areas of the Club throughout the day after checking in at the front desk. We all will be respectful of others, and take care of equipment and property. Don’t forget to bring your membership card!
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These programs are designed to ensure that all Club members graduate from high school on time, ready for a post-secondary education and a 21st-century career.
The Boys & Girls Club of Albany’s unique approach to workforce readiness prepares youth for success in their first jobs and creates a clear pathway to their chosen career goals.
HEALTH & WELLNESS
These programs develop young people’s capacity to engage in positive behaviors to nurture their well-being, set personal goals and grow into self-sufficient adults.
CHARACTER & LEADERSHIP
These programs help youth become responsible, caring citizens and acquire skills to participate in the democratic process. Program participants develop leadership skills and gain opportunities for planning, decision-making, and contributing to their Club and community.
SPORTS & RECREATION
These Club programs help develop physical fitness, reduce stress, and promote a positive use of leisure time, appreciation for the environment and interpersonal skills.
These programs foster creativity in young people, and give them outlets for self-expression. From photography to performing arts, our programs have something that will inspire everyone.
CHARACTER & CITIZENSHIP
T3 – TRAINING TEENS FOR TOMORROW
The T3: Training Teens for Tomorrow program is dedicated to educating and motivating youth in Albany to pursue their dreams. Through hands on work experience at the Boys & Girls Club of Albany and weekly trainings the T3 Interns will be given the necessary skills to compete in our economy.
Torch Club members learn to elect officers and work together to implement activities in four areas: service to Club and community; education; health and fitness; and social recreation.
PASSPORT TO MANHOOD
Passport to Manhood consists of 14 sessions, each concentrating on a specific aspect of character and manhood through highly interactive activities.
YOUTH FOR UNITY
This program builds the capacity of local Clubs their members appreciate themselves as unique and social individuals, understand diversity in society, recognize bias and unfairness and take personal leadership in confronting bias.
Drama education builds self-confidence, sparks creativity and boosts academic achievement. The DramaMatters Afterschool Program Guide is a weekly program consisting of 60 minute sessions segmented for beginner, intermediate, and advanced members.
This unique leadership development experience provides opportunities for young people ages 14 to 18. Youth participate, both in and out of the Club, in activities in three focus areas: academic success, career preparation and community service. With the guidance of an adult advisor, Keystone Clubs aim to have a positive impact on members, the Club and community.
HEALTHY KIDS CLUB
Year round nutrition education provides our kids daily opportunities to learn the benefits of healthy eating and being physically active. In addition, Healthy Kids Club members learn basic food preparation skills.
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Competitors are chosen based on outstanding attendance and ability to learn the fundamentals of kitchen safety and nutrition taught during Healthy Kids Club. Only five teams will compete and they are comprised of one Healthy Kids Club member and no more than four family relatives.
The Garden Club cultivates nutrition through planting the food we eat. With the help of Linn County Master Gardner’s Healthy Kids Club Gardeners learn to grow healthy fruits and vegetables. Once the produce is ready to eat we pick and prepare our produce in the HKC nutrition classes.
SMART Girls offers young women – ages 8 to 17 – guidance toward healthy attitudes and lifestyles, eating right, staying fit, getting good health care and more.
In each of the five tutorials (Design Tech, Photo Tech, Music Tech and Movie Tech), members advance through three levels of animated lessons online at www.myclubmylife.com and participate in instructor-led group activities.
NATIONAL FINE ARTS
Using the interactive National Fine Arts Program Guide, staff can guide youth through the various art projects with step by- step instructions and instructional videos.
The Power Hour materials provide practical tips and best practices for recognition and incentives, behavior management, volunteer recruitment and training, collaboration with other organizations and use of technology and the Internet.
My.Future provides Club staff and members with the ability to develop strong, grounded digital literacy competency through project-based learning experiences. Members produce portfolios of projects and present their projects to earn digital badges. Digital badges can unlock exciting Club technology or leadership opportunities.