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College & University

Most of our teens have dreams of attending some sort of college or university after they finish high school, and we want to make sure they are on track to do so.

Our teen staff work closely with Guidance Counselors to ensure that the teens are meeting high school graduation requirements and taking the appropriate steps to work toward admission in higher education.

College & University Tours are published in the Parent Portal Calendar.

Skilled Trades

With the rapid advances in technology, new jobs are created every year. In addition to this, jobs in traditional manufacturing or hands-on fields are changing as well. For example, electricians now need to have skills for "smart" homes and other equipment. We are also entering the age where Baby Boomers are retiring – which will leave a few millions jobs available to our teens as they come of age to join the workforce.

As a part of the Destinations program, we introduce our teens to career paths that may not require college or university education, but still offer competitive salaries/wages. These career paths generally require some level of technical educational, such as plumbing, carpentry, auto mechanic and machinery to name few.

Career Speakers & Tours are published in the Parent Portal Calendar.

Military Career

Teens who are interested in having a military career after high school, have a number of opportunities available. We have a partnership with our local U.S. Army recruiter’s office, and they come to the clubs periodically to speak about how to join and what it entails.

Often, teens can get their college education paid for by serving in the military, and the skills teens learn while serving are transferable to careers in civilian life.

Military Guest Speakers & Opportunities are published in the Parent Portal.


What about scholarships and financial aid?

Each university/college has resources to help our students afford higher education, and our career counselor will work with our teens and families to ensure they are maximizing these resources.

FAFSA Financial Aid & Scholarships

If your student is even considering college/university, make sure you complete the FAFSA (Federal Application for ) as soon as it is available. This form becomes available starting Oct. 1 for the following academic year. For example, the FAFSA for the 2021-2022 academic year became available on Oct. 1, 2021.

It’s important to fill out the FAFSA as soon as possible, because funding is awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. Applications at the federal level are generally accepted through the end of June right before school starts, but there are college/university and state deadlines that are much sooner. Some college deadlines can be as soon as Dec. 1 – so complete the FAFSA as soon as you can!

Some helpful tips to completing the FAFSA can be found here:
-How to fill out the FAFSA
-Parent how to
-Glossary of terms

Boys & Girls Club Scholarships

There are a number of scholarships offered through the Boys & Girls Club that our members can apply for. Additionally, when completing college applications, teens should always indicate they are a member of the Boys & Girls Club, because the individual college/university may have financing options available to the student because of that.

The SAT/ACT Fee Waivers

Many students may qualify for SAT/ACT waivers, which our Career Counselor will discuss with our students, but they can also ask their guidance counselors. Two waivers are available for both the SAT and ACT, and can be applied to any exam date.

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