College & Career Center

COLLEGE & CAREER CENTER

The College and Career Center build a culture of college awareness to equip the members with the necessary tools to transition into a post-secondary institution. Members have access to a safe space where they can develop their academic, social, emotional and leadership abilities.

Programs offered:


ACADEMIC COUNSELING

VBGC members have access to an academic counselor who they meet on weekly bases to ensure they are on track for graduation. After graduation, they are still offered assistance as they embark their journey to a post-secondary institution.



COLLEGE FIELD TRIPS & WORKSHOPS

VBGC members are invited to participate in monthly college field trips, weekly college meetings/seminars, and to hear guest speakers with the intent to motivate them to pursue higher education.



FUTURONOW & RELATIONSHIP SMART

Through educational workshops, small groups, participates are taught the basics of communication to create an essential foundation to sustain a healthy relationship.



KEYSTONE CLUB

This club is a small-group, leadership development club for Teens between the ages of 14 and 17. It helps Club members become responsible citizens and acquire skills for participating in the democratic process. Members elect officers, choose their activities and plan and implement community service projects.



MENTORING

VBGC staff provide a consistent one on one support through weekly meetings with their match mentee/s. Meetings consist of but not limited to homework help, discussions, positive attitudes, and behaviors to help build youths capacity for success.



TORCH CLUB

Torch club is a small-group leadership development club that targets 11-13-year-olds. This club helps children to develop a positive self-image, to build and sustain meaningful relationships with others while participating in the democratic process and learning to respect others. Members of this club “graduate” to the Keystone Club when they turn 14.



VBGC SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

For over four decades, graduating seniors have received scholarships to pursue post-secondary education.  For the past five years, the VBGC College Bound staff has worked with high school students to help expand the pool of eligible/qualified recipients. Members have been accepted to prestigious universities such as Princeton, Georgetown, UC Berkeley, USC, and UCLA.




















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