The Boys & Girls Club of London is a non-profit family recreational facility that provides activities for children and youth whenever school is out. Our program services are planned to provide fun with a purpose. We offer recreation, social interaction and educational programs to build confidence, independence, self-esteem and self-respect for individuals and families in need. The Boys & Girls Club deals directly with children and youth of all abilities in our community. We are committed to helping children and youth reach their full potential.
One program offered through the Boys & Girls Club is the M.A.P. (My Action Plan to Education) program. Below are the details to the program. You can also learn more about the Boys & Girls Club of London and the M.A.P. program here.
The Four Main Pillars in M.A.P.
The four main pillars in the M.A.P. Program functions as follows:
Advocacy: It is the responsibility of the Junior/Senior M.A.P. staff to communicate with teachers, principals, vice-principal, guidance, and student success teachers for the students enrolled in Junior/Senior M.A.P. The reason being that by connecting with educators Junior/Senior M.A.P can make the most informed and well-rounded decisions with respect to each child’s goals. Junior/Senior M.A.P. staff also connects with students, by asking specific questions, and discussing future goals in order to provide them with proper guidance.
Perhaps the most important relationship for Junior/Senior M.A.P. staff is the relationship with a child’s parent or guardian. Staff members work with parents to promote healthy, social and academic goals. Junior/Senior M.A.P. staff may make recommendations to parent(s) and/or teachers about specific learning accommodations, learning environment, and/or resource assistance as they see necessary. Staff gauges performance levels in core subject areas such as English, math, and science. They look to identify learning capabilities and strengths. This guidance will allow students, M.A.P. staff, parents, and teachers to work towards the same goal.
Financial: The financial pillar plays a crucial role in allowing Senior M.A.P. students to achieve their social and academic goals. Senior M.A.P. students have approximately two hundred dollars of educational money allotted to them each year, which can be used to purchase educational supplies. For instance, a pair of glasses may be needed to help a student read. Students may also need financial assistance in purchasing binders, pencils/pens, paper, and other school-related supplies. Senior M.A.P. students are provided with bussing from the Boys and Girls Club, and are eligible for free London Transit bus tickets.
In addition to the educational money the Junior/Senior M.A.P. students are allotted, students have the opportunity to attend Saturday Programming. Each Saturday, students are invited to attend educational programming at the Boys & Girls Club of London that includes activities onsite, trips in the community and guest speakers. Students are also provided with nutritious meals and snacks prepared by the Club.
Academic: The Junior/Senior M.A.P. program offers tutoring in order to give the students the academic support they need to succeed throughout their education. Tutors are comprised of university students, college students, and professionals from the London area. Our tutors provide educational support and guidance. Junior/Senior M.A.P. tutors model life skills and help students with organization, note-taking, agenda upkeep, and other social skills necessary to succeed in school. Our tutors act as both a teacher and a mentor for Junior/Senior M.A.P. students.
Social: At the Junior/Senior level, students are developing a foundation for their social skills. The basis of these life skills can be influenced by peers, teachers, parents, and community members. While attending M.A.P. programming, staff and volunteers work to develop and build on these social skills in a positive way. These skills are developed in all areas of the program through: social outings, educational trips, recreational activities, group discussion, team-building exercises, tutoring and social interaction with their peers. Activities could include: going to hockey games, doing a tour of a London restaurants or bakeries, visiting a local farm, attending workshops and sponsored dinners, skating, visiting the Children’s Museum, tubing, and other recreational activities. These events allow students to represent the Boys and Girls Club and display proper behaviour in a social setting.
Junior M.A.P. – Grade 4 to Grade 8
What: The JUNIOR M.A.P. Program consists of grades four through eight. Each grade level is comprised of approximately 10-15 students, totalling 50-75 students. The Junior M.A.P. Program is supported by four foundational pillars: advocacy, financial, academic, and social. Although these four pillars remain a stable fixture throughout the M.A.P. Program, they take on different forms depending on which phase of the program they are supporting. The program aims to give students the opportunity to achieve success and work towards their secondary and post-secondary goals.
Senior M.A.P. Program – Grade 9 to 12
What: The SENIOR M.A.P. Program consists of grades nine through twelve. Each grade level is comprised of a small group of students (10-15), totalling 40-60 students, depending on graduation rates. The Senior M.A.P. Program, much like the Junior, Intermediate, and Excellence M.A.P. Programs, is supported by four foundational pillars: advocacy, financial, academic, and social. Although these four pillars remain a stable fixture throughout the M.A.P. Program, they take on different forms depending on which phase of the program they are supporting. The program aims to give students the opportunity to achieve success and work towards their post-secondary goals.
M.A.P to Excellence – High school graduates enrolled in post-secondary
What: Students enter the M.A.P to Excellence Program upon successful completion of the Senior M.A.P. Phase as they continue on their post-secondary paths. Students continue to receive financial, academic and social support. The M.A.P. staff continues to offer tutoring and search for scholarships in order to ensure the success of the student at the post-secondary level.
Helpful Study Tips: Staff at the Boys and Girls Club recommend these two websites to parents for extra homework help for their children: Math Homework Help and Khan Academy. They are free but you need to sign up for an account.