At VBGCQ, our mission to build great futures manifests itself everyday through our core service areas: Academic Support, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), Healthy Living and the Arts.
Academic support puts youth on a path towards long-term success. During the 2018-2018 school year, the Club provided 159,300 hours of homework help and tutoring to all 900 after school members. We partnered with St. John’s University to secure college-educated volunteer tutors to work one-on-one with children.
STEM is an exciting program area we are continuing to build and expand. Our course offerings now include Lego Robotics, Coding and Engineering and the new Makerspace provides a state-of-the-art space for hands-on learning.
The Club is committed to providing youth the resources to lead active, healthy lives. We recently expanded our athletics curriculum to include a 15-minute lesson on the science behind physical fitness and healthy eating. Additionally, we are thrilled to be partnered with Brighter Bites, a national nonprofit organization that distributes two grocery bags of fresh fruit and vegetables to Club participants on a weekly basis.
We are developing our Arts programming with new classes in Comic Art, Sculpture and Media Arts while also diversifying the Dance curriculum to include Hip-Hop, Jazz, Broadway and World Dance. The Club's new media lab is equipped with video cameras and backdrops for student film making. In June 2018, the Club hosted the inaugural “Variety International Film Festival,” which featured 8 original films created by our Media Arts class.