Boys and Girls Club Project Learn

An Evidence-Based Practice


The Boys and Girls Club of America (BGCA) promotes health, social skills development, education, character building, and leadership in youths, especially those at risk. BGCA succeeds in this goal by offering a wide variety of programs designed to enhance the lives of children and adolescents. The Project Learn program involves enhancing the educational performance of economically disadvantaged adolescents who live in public housing. Program delivery teams consist of local BGCA staff, representatives from the youths' schools, the housing authority, resident councils of the local public housing developments, and parent leaders. Each week the program engages youths in structured activities designed to improve educational enhancement. Youths are given incentives such as school supplies, field trips, additional computer time, and special privileges within their local Boys and Girls Club. Parents are encouraged to become involved in the program by helping their child with homework; reading, discussing current events, and playing board games with their child; and taking part in other educational skill acquisition.

Goal / Mission

The goal of this program is to improve the educational performance of economically disadvantaged adolescents.

Results / Accomplishments

Project Learn was evaluated using a quasi-experimental, three-arm research design. At 30 months, program youths reported significantly greater enjoyment and engagement in reading, verbal skills, writing, and tutoring. They also had better overall averages in reading, spelling, history, science, social studies, and school attendance compared with comparison and control youths. Program and comparison youths had significantly more positive reading skills, writing skills, game skills, overall school performance, and interest in class material than the control group.

About this Promising Practice

Primary Contact
Boys and Girls Clubs of America
1230 West Peachtree Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 487-5700
Education / Student Performance K-12
Education / Literacy
Economy / Poverty
Boys and Girls Clubs of America
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention's Model Programs Guide (MPG)
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Target Audience