Boys and Girls Clubs offer school-age students a safe place to hang out after school. The Boys and Girls Clubs inspire and enable all young people, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.
The Riverbend Community Math Center partners with local Boys and Girls Clubs to offer a weekly STEM program. In STEM Studio, students try fun, hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math activities. After learning basic skills in modules such as digital electronics, programming, mathematics, experimental design, and entrepreneurship, students have the opportunity to design and pursue their own projects with help from adult mentors.
From the fall of 2006 through the spring of 2009, we offered a Math Studio program at the Sample Street Boys and Girls Club in South Bend both during the academic year and during the summer term. We have also brought Math Circles and activities such as mathematical origami to various Boys and Girls Club sites around St. Joseph County.
During the 2021–2022 academic year, we are supervising the math component of the Strive program undertaken by the Boys and Girls Club. This program will offer after-school programming at 22 sites in South Bend and Mishawaka for Kindergarten through 8th grade students, and will include math enrichment activities two days per week (with literacy and other enrichment activities taking place the other three days of the week).