College & Career Center
The VBGC College and Career Center aims to equip all its members and their families with the necessary tools to navigate the post-secondary system. To realize the aforementioned goal, students enrolled in middle and high school receive individualized academic counseling and are exposed to the four systems of higher education in California, including: the University of California, California State University, private universities and community colleges. In addition, our Scholarship Program has awarded over 2.4 million in financial support to our Club members attending college.
College and Career Center Programs:
Members at the elementary level are exposed to various colleges/universities through interactive activities, such as college monopoly and college bingo as well as college field trips, presentations, and guest speakers.
Teaches our members the importance of community service and leadership by volunteering and helping those in needs. Our Junior Heroes have volunteered at various organizations such as the North Central AnimalShelter where they made recycled chew toys and played with abandoned pets. Additionally, our members began a recycling program at the Variety Boys and Girls Club and continue to mail cheerful letters to military heroes, cancer patients, and the elderly.
Teaches girls the importance of leadership and sisterhood. Specifically, our members earn badges that represent milestones in their Girl Scout journey. Our Girl Scout members learn to be bold leaders who are resourceful, kind, respectful and wise.
Our members learn gardening techniques, healthy eating, how to protect Mother Nature, and plant fruits and vegetables in our garden. Our members also have the opportunity to enjoy what they have planted by eating a healthy snack from the garden such as strawberries and kale.
Las Fotos Project
Our members learn the fundamentals of photography such as lighting, editing, and composition in order to enhance a photo. Members also explore their own identity by capturing photos that tell a story about their neighborhood, family, friends, and everyday life.
Members explore preliminarygraphic techniques using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Each week, members will learn a tool from Illustrator or Photoshop that will help develop their creativity. Additionally, members will learn about typography, editing, and design.
Exposes members on how to design, format and write for a newspaper. The goal is for our members to be exposed to a particular career, learn basic graphic design and improve their writing/editing skills. Additionally, members document events occuring at the club, design the newspaper layout, conduct interviews and photgraph monumental moments to publish in the VBGC Edition, the Journalist club’s publication.
Members learn about various cultures every week through activities, field trips and presentations.
The Junior Inventors
Members utilize their critical thinking skills to develop, create and execute a new invention or product.
Members learn addition, subtraction and multiplication through various activities including math bingo, math Jenga, and multiplication flashcards.
Members learn grammar and parts of speech through interactive activities.
Members strengthen their vocabulary by learning the spelling and definition of new words.