When the leadership at the Boys & Girls Club of Kingman learned that youth in their area test below the state average in both reading and math, they knew that academics needed to take center stage in their programs. Two-thirds of area third graders did not pass the AzMERIT reading assessment and the same portion of eighth graders was unable to pass the math exam.
The Boys & Girls Club of Kingman aims to inspire and empower all young people to realize their full potential as responsible, productive and caring adults, and education is a critical component to life-long success. So they began to integrate more STEM education into their programs. Younger children are learning to love math through the Crazy 8s program, which uses unique, fun activities to get kids excited about math. These students are also learning healthy habits, which will set the up for a lifetime of wellness. For older students, engineering and coding are the focus of study. Members have built everything from robotic arms and boats to android mobile apps.
Of course, strong literacy skills are the foundation for all other learning. The Boys & Girls Club of Kingman is committed to helping local youth improve their reading. The Club brings in a tutor to assist in that effort. Using a combination of one-on-one and group learning activities, the students are making great strides.
In an area where more than half of the students qualify for free or reduced lunch, and schools are closed on Fridays, programs like those offered by the Boys & Girls Club of Kingman are a critical component to childrens’ growth and development. They serve an average of 115 kids every day, at little or no cost to the family, and they’re making a tangible difference for the better.