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What an Amazing Summer!


Summer has come and gone and for most students, research shows that they usually lose a lot of the knowledge that they have gained throughout the school year. Throughout the summer, we made sure to stay engaged keeping kids' skillset sharp while continuing to build character in the lives of tomorrow's leaders.

Relationship Building

Bridging the learning process into the summer builds bonds that last a lifetime. We teach our students that being a great friend requires having strong character. As social media continues to make our world smaller, maintaining positive relationships is essential as they grow into a global economy where everyone is connected.

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Career Exploration

The talent that enters our doors has no limits so we work to not put barriers on the ways that they choose to utilize them. Young mind needs our help finding outlets to bring their skills to the world so we got them started creating wearable art, writing news articles about the day's accomplishments and creating posters and presenting on the Black women responsible for putting a man on the moon.

Creating the Next Generation of Storytellers

During the Harlem Boys and Girls Club Summer Camp Program students participated in newsroom and hands-on storytelling activities culminating in a group magazine for each grade. Each team became a "newsroom" and each student a "staff" member, as participants self-directed the process choosing magazine names, photos, content, colors, and layouts. Our 5 and 6 year olds produced "Squishy Magazine", 7 and 8 year olds produced "Accomplishment Magazine", 9 and 10 year olds produced "Harlemlights Gazette" and 11 to 13 year olds produced "BGCH Magazine".

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Leadership Development

We teach our youth at BGCH to lead by example and sometimes that means modeling the behavior of the leaders that came before us! Through challenging our students to think about how they can be more like the people who have had significant impact on our community, they responded through their art! Flip through our Squishy Magazine to see ways that they thought they could be more like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Building Better Futures

As fun as Summer Camp at BGCH can be, our goal is really preparing Harlem's youth to make positive impacts in tomorrow's world. A large part of our work is helping young children to understand early what it means to be part of something bigger than themselves. Having a blast at events like the Inaugural Field Day of Fun, helps our kids remember that they're part of a bigger community; stretching out not just throughout the city, but across the entire country working to ensure that they have the opportunity to live amazing lives as they gear up for the 2019-2020 school year.

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