What is Advance?
The mission of Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich is to prepare young people, through enrichment opportunities and supportive relationships, to be responsible, caring, and productive community members. To better meet that mission for its youngest members in this post-pandemic environment, BGCG is excited to announce the launch of its newest program initiative, Advance.
Advance is a high quality, comprehensive after school and summer enrichment program that builds a strong educational foundation for students during Grades 1 through 3 and creates measurable outcomes that support their long-term academic success. BGCG developed Advance to provide a new solution to an ongoing need of how to best help students with limited opportunities access customized and engaging experiences that promote robust learning and social emotional growth.
Using a research-based curriculum that complements the Greenwich Public Schools’ learning objectives and grade level or above standards, Advance is rooted in exposing students to the essential ingredients necessary to becoming skilled readers, young STEM explorers, and curious and participating members of any classroom. The program will incorporate a variety of educational and wellness activities, field trips, individualized attention, and supportive parental/guardian involvement that will lead to tangible student progress. Starting in September 2023, Advance will begin working with its first cohort of Grade 1 students for this innovative 3-year program.
What are the program goals?
1. Achieve grade level or above standards for all participants.
2. Prevent or reduce summer learning loss.
3. Increase parent/guardian engagement with, and advocacy for, their child’s education.
Who can apply to Advance?
• Students must be entering Grade 1 for the 2023-2024 school year.
• Students who may be underperforming academically or are below grade level in one or more area. Advance is not intended for students who are significantly below grade level or require intensive educational services.
• Students who can attend regularly and participate fully during the school year and summer.
• Parents/guardians who can commit to participating in this 3-year program.
• Student U.S. citizenship is not required.
Is transportation offered for Advance?
The Greenwich Public School bus will transport members to the Advance program location, and BGCG vans pick up at designated schools. Parents/guardians may choose to drop off their child at the Advance program location. Parents/Guardians are required to pick up their child at the end of the program day.
What is the attendance policy?
Participants are expected to attend the program every day for the entire year. During the Summer Session, participants are expected to attend the entire 6-week program.
How can parents/guardians apply?
Parents/Guardians interested in applying to Advance or who have any questions can email Gina Lucas, BGCG Advance Consultant, at firstname.lastname@example.org.