VALPARAISO | Every day after school, Bryan arrived at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County-Valparaiso Unit, checked in at the front desk and went directly to the Computer Lab with the day’s homework in hand. There, he would find a seat and begin to work on his assignments, with Computer Lab Supervisor Christina close at hand to offer assistance and guidance when he needed it. After Bryan finished his homework and Christina reviewed his work, she would put a star next to his name on the “Power Hour” goal setting chart. Bryan would smile, confident that his homework was complete and ready for the next day. Thanks to the $10,000 grant from JP Morgan Chase Foundation to support “Power Hour: Making Minutes Count” in the Valparaiso and Duneland Units, club members like Bryan had access to Goal setting programs, fun enrichment worksheets, educational computer games and needed homework assistance after school.
The “Power Hour: Making Minutes Count” program helps members view homework as an opportunity to develop strong study habits, complete projects on time and feel positive about their accomplishments. “Power Hour: Making Minutes Count” is an after-school homework assistance program for children in grades kindergarten through 12. Power Hour work is delivered in a fun environment with adults or older students serving as Homework Helpers to supervise completion of Club members’ homework.
"Thanks to the generosity of JP Morgan Chase Foundation, we were able to continue to offer our members fun and engaging academic enrichment activities in our Clubs after school," said Ryan Smiley, interim President of Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County. "Academic success is one of our three priority outcome areas and Power Hour is an evidence based program that gets results. We’re pleased they chose to partner with us and see the value in supporting the academic advancement of our members."
For more information on membership, volunteer opportunities or to make a tax deductible donation to Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County, call (219) 464-7282 or visit www.bgcpoco.org.