Kimberly-Clark is lead supporter of the SMART Girls program, which gives girls of all ages the space, support and tools to navigate adolescence and emerge as strong, healthy young women.
Kimberly-Clark and its Charitable Foundation have supported BGCA since 1977, including its generous 2005 investment to develop Family PLUS (Parents Leading, Uniting, Serving) a program that helped build Clubs’ capacity to partner with caregivers in positive youth development, ensuring families have opportunities, networks and assistance to realize their children’s aspirations.
With funding provided by Kimberly-Clark in 2020-2021, BGCA will optimize and update the current SMART Girls curriculum to focus on the social-emotional development of Club girls. Through a pilot program in select Clubs, BGCA will evaluate the outcomes of the updated curriculum and adapt accordingly, to ensure SMART Girls remains highly relevant for Clubs. In addition, BGCA will develop and disseminate a SMART Girls Best Practices Guide for Club staff to use as a resource to most effectively facilitate the program and maximize impact.
The updated SMART Girls curriculum, addresses topics such as:
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Through partnering with Samsung, we expanded access to the DIY STEM program and developed the Climate Superstars Challenge. The DIY STEM program serves as the entry-point for all members' STEM learning experience at Clubs and provides youth exposure to STEM through five modules: Energy and Electricity, Engineering Design, Food Chemistry, Aeronautics and the Science of Sports: Football. Climate Superstars aims to encourage youth to raise awareness about climate change and motivate them to take actions that help protect the environment.
Samsung's partnership enables interactive, hands-on learning while providing students with new perspectives on STEM careers and access to the latest technology. In addition, our partnership with Samsung goes beyond our programs and includes cause marketing initiatives that help promote awareness and drive donations for the organization. Through exclusive access to unique experiences such as the Las Vegas Galaxy Studio pop-up with singer Kelly Rowland and music producer and artist DJ Marshmello and a Winter Wonderland video production featuring YouTube star Casey Neistat, Samsung helps expand their understanding of STEM and encourages them to be the next generation of creators and innovators.
Samsung puts cutting edge technologies in the hands of underserved youth at Clubs across the country who otherwise wouldn't have access. Through state-of-the-art Tween Tech Centers outfitted with the latest technologies, including laptops, tablets, and more, Samsung has helped modernize the learning spaces at Boys & Girls Clubs. Samsung has put cutting-edge technologies in the hands of underserved youth at Clubs across the country who otherwise may not have access. Through state-of-the-art Tween Tech Centers outfitted with tablets, laptops and the latest technologies, Samsung has helped modernize the learning spaces at Boys & Girls Clubs.
The partnership has also equipped our Youth Development Professionals with essential technology and resources to implement the DIY STEM curriculum with fidelity at Clubs across the country and on military installations around the world. BGCA is proud to have Samsung as a partner in STEM education and environmental sustainability.
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