June 24, 2017
June 24, 2017
June 28, 2017
Community Engagement Division
The Boys & Girls Clubs of America serve nearly 4 million young people each year at 4,200 facilities in the US and at military bases overseas. With a mission “to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens;” with programs in education and career, character and leadership, health and life skills, the arts, sports, fitness and recreation; with an increasing focus on STEM; and with a student population that is 70% nonwhite, BGCA is a strong potential partner for engineering programs. Engineering programs often want to engage in service activities targeted at underrepresented youth, to provide service learning opportunities to engineering students, and to enlarge the pool of youth who are interested in pursuing engineering studies.
Thus, BGCA is a natural partner for engineering programs. This paper reports on a 16-year collaboration between an engineering department and a BGCA affiliate. The paper describes the initiation of the partnership, the activities that have been involved, the benefits and drawbacks to each partner, the strains that have occurred, the ways we have maintained the partnership, and the future plans for this collaboration.
We argue that such an ongoing collaboration offers clear benefits not obtainable by short-term or one-time activities.
Fraser, J. M., & Medina, R. (2017, June), Engagement in Practice: The Boys & Girls Clubs as Community Partner for Engineering Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--28238
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