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COVID-19 has caused numerous disruptions to the lives of youth. These disruptions make a high-quality Club experience more important than ever. A high-quality Club experience is the first step to overcoming these disruptions. It is the groundwork for improving outcomes. 

As Clubs are offering a range of services to youth during COVID-19, BGCA has developed a variety of youth development activities, resources and tools to support your work as Club youth continue to engage virtually or begin attending the Club in-person again. 

You can also check BGCA’s latest updates at https://bgca.net/coronavirus.

If you have questions about your On Site or Virtual program, book a consultation with BGCA! 

 

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Have a question about Virtual or Fall program? Book a consult with our team!

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Program Guidebook

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On-Site

Deciding if, when, or how to open for an on-site program is a challenging issues requiring careful consideration.  BGCA has several guides for helping you determine how to proceed safely.  Consider these elements as your Club makes plans:

More Back to Club Program Resources

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Summer Program Capacity Assesment

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Virtual Club

Though a Virtual Club engagement, club staff can deliver virtual programming, or a mix of take-home activities, prerecorded material and/or live engagement that makes the most sense for their situation and community.  

Use the QuickStart Guide to help you start planning for your Club’s virtual programming experiences. The guide outlines eight steps to address online safety, parental permissions, choosing a technology platform, tips for scheduling interactive sessions, and more!

Virtual Club QuickStart Guide

Our guide for getting your Virtual Club up and running!

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Using Data to Measure the Virtual Club Experience

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Safety remains our number one priority.

 

Make sure that however you are communicating with youth, whether live, in chat or on the phone, there is never one-to-one contact between a staff member and a young person. You will also need parent or guardian permission for youth to engage in any interactive virtual programming, such as live meetings or chats.

You will also want to have a strategy promoting positive and  safe behavior in your virtual Club, as well as processes for staff and youth to report any concerns. Please review the “Creating a Safe Live Virtual Club” to see details on platform compliance, safety policy, and other considerations. 

Creating a Safe Live Virtual Club

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Parental Consent for Virtual Club

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Virtual Clubs still need quality program. 

 

What kind of services your Virtual Club is providing, creating quality Club experiences is still a core offering.  How you measure the quality of your Virtual Club impacts the outcomes you expect to see in youth. Program Quality is the lead indicator that predicts youth outcomes. As you explore your virtual program offerings include the following standards to ensure your program sessions maintain high quality. 

Virtual Club Quality Standards

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Virtual Club Resources

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Partnering with Schools

Planning for a return to school year programming is a critical part of a return to Club strategy.  Many schools are considering new and varied strategies to accommodate social distancing and smaller class sizes.  As you consider how to work with your local schools, here are some resources to help build partnerships and align BGCA programs to academic standards. 

Mapping BGCA Programs to National Standards

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COVID School District Partnership Toolkit

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Youth Development Resource Catalog

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Project Learn Manual

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