Curriculum

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Core Programs

In addition to daily homework assistance, we offer high-yield activities and targeted programs that develop our members’ skills and confidence, all of which help youth achieve success in our three Core Program areas:

  • Academic Success
  • Good Character & Leadership
  • Healthy Lifestyles

Enrichment

MPBGC offers exciting enrichment activities which stimulate children to be healthier and happier. We offer a unique series of programs that promote growth and higher-level thinking. Students gain new skills, develop confidence and engage in hands-on learning activities. Our enrichment programs include:

  • Technology classes
  • Science projects
  • Visual arts
  • Multicultural arts
  • Nutrition & culinary arts
  • Life skills

Electives

Our elective classes provide a variety of activities for our members to engage in. These classes are offered to expose our youth to programs they might not necessarily be able to experience outside of the Clubhouse. Our elective classes include:

  • Music: members participate in vocal lessons, harmony exercises and a variety of singing workshops.
  • Karate: our karate class helps to mold our members into a more disciplined and self-confident individual. Each student has the opportunity to earn their gi and belt at the end of the class, as well as do a final performance in front of parents and members.
  • Video Game Design: members design a video game from the ground up. The Design Process uses sketches, paper prototypes, images of digital prototypes and screenshots of the final version of a computer or video game to show the iterative design process.
  • Environmental Art: exposes members to the diversity of cultural expression through art and asks members to use their imagination and their creativity to express themselves and their ideas visually. With an emphasis on found objects and renewable materials to create art and crafts, our Environmental Art class promotes environmental awareness and resourcefulness.
  • Cooking: members learn how to cook for themselves through hands on cooking and training classes. They also learn how to make smart food choices, understand portion sizes, and how to create balanced meals.
  • Knitting: members learn the basics of knitting with a loom and work their way up to creating a beautiful scarf at the end of the class.
  • Wrestling: members develop and understanding of Collegiate Wrestling. Lessons include topics such as conditioning and preparing for the season, equipment, learning submissive moves, rules and regulations.
  • Passport to Manhood: consists of 14 sessions, each concentrating on a specific aspect of character and manhood through highly interactive activities. Each Club participant receives his own “passport” to underscore the notion that he is on a personal journey of maturation and growth.
  • Capoeira: is an Afro-Brazilian martial arts form that combines elements of martial arts, music and dance. It is a unique program that improves participants’ self-confidence, overall fitness and musicality.
  • Robotics: a technology and engineering program introducing members to the science behind the design and operation of robots. Through small-group classroom instruction, hands-on and computer-based activities members explore how a robot “senses”, “thinks” and “acts”. Participants design, construct and exhibit a working robot that will be entered into competition.

After Hours

In addition to our after school programs, we also offer a variety of after hours programming. These include:

  • One-On-One Tutoring
  • Teen programs
  • Sports leagues

Special Events & Speakers

We are always looking for special guests to visit our Clubhouse. We have had guest speakers to performance demonstrations and are always looking for more ways to expose our members to new educational and exciting experiences. Here are a couple of our most memorable speakers and events.

  • Anti-Bullying Presentation – We were proud to host Kirk Smalley from “Stand for the Silent”, who has made it his life’s mission to educate youth about bullying: how to recognize it, prevent it and how to stand up to it. Kirk gave a powerful and moving presentation with an impassioned plea to our youth and adults alike to Stand for the Silent. Our members walked away with a sense of hope, that we can all be a force of change.
  • Jerry Hill Press Conference – Assemblyman—and Club friend—Jerry Hill held a press conference at our San Mateo Clubhouse, celebrating the signing of Assembly Bill 1301 that requires the state to suspend and even revoke licenses of stores that sell tobacco products to minors. Hill, D-San Mateo, introduced AB 1301 after meeting last year with teenagers from the Youth Leadership Institute of San Mateo who encouraged him to help them in their effort to curb sales of tobacco to minors. According to data from the San Mateo County Tobacco Education Coalition, 25% of stores in San Mateo County sold tobacco to a minor decoy between 2005-2010. Eight news organizations covered the event which saw several of our members ask Assemblyman Hill questions about the perils of tobacco.
  • 49er Visit – We had the honor of hosting former 49ers Jesse Sapolu and Allan Kennedy at our Clubhouse. Our Torch Club President interviewed Mr. Sapolu and Mr. Kennedy with questions submitted by Club members. Mr. Sapolu and Kennedy also hosted a raffle with members trading in their winning tickets for autographed photos of the players!