This Month at the Clubs – September 2016


Parachute Power – Olathe Unit JA group

On August 5th, Atomic Blast wrapped up with a final bang!  During the nine-week summer program, our six locations served a total of 1,881 Club
members a day! Every year attendance has shown a 20% increase during the summer months and this year continued on that trend.The goal for Atomic Blast is to prevent summer learning loss and to make sure that all members have access to quality STEM experiences. We implement pre- and post- summer program testing in reading and mathematics. Pre- and post-testing of our K-3rd grade members revealed that members maintained or increased their mathematics competency by 96%, and maintained or increased their reading levels by 94%. For 4th through 8th grade Club members,  pre- and post-testing showed that an 89% of mathematics competency and an 84% of reading level was preserved or increased throughout Atomic Blast.The Atomic Blast program concluded with the annual Atomic Blast Science Fair.In first place, was Parachute Power, the JA group’s submission from the Olathe Unit.Parachute Power tested the effectiveness of different parachute designs to suspend in air.Their presentation was very entertaining and well-rehearsed! A very close 2nd place was awarded to Mouse Trap Cars Lab, one of the 4th and 5th grade submissions from the Wyandotte County Unit. For this project, members tested mouse trap car designs and their speed travelling on a variety of surfaces.This project showcased a great deal of creativity and excelled in its presentation of data. Coming in in third place was the kindergarten class’ submission from the J&D Wagner Unit: Red Apples, Green Apples. Kindergartne
rs explored apple parts and tracked data to find out which variety of apple produced the most seeds.This project displayed its research well and showed images from every step of their procedure.CONGRATULATIONS to all of our Club members for their impressive displays and courageous presentations!



BGCGKC members kicked off the first CoderDojoKC of the school year working on SCRATCH, JavaScript, HTML, and more at Google Fiber Space in Westport. Coderdojo is a global initiative to provide free technology training to young people. We would like to send a special thanks to corporate board member Nicole Wosje and to Google Fiber for bringing this opportunity to our Club kids. Our members were fully engaged and interested in learning more about technology and coding.



Anthony Saunders with

MAMM participants

On Saturday, September 17th, MAMM (Media Arts Music Matters) held a workshop that featured multi-platinum, award-winning music producer, songwriter, and vocal artist, Anthony Saunders, who has written for the likes of Justin Bieber, Tamar Braxton, Janet Jackson, Stevie Wonder, and Michael McDonald. Saunders shared stories from his journey in the industry, gave career advice and participated in a few creative exercises.

If you know a creative teen looking for a place to meet with like-minded individuals, tell them to check out one of our Saturday MAMM workshops. They meet every other Saturday from 10am – 2pm alternating between our Thornberry and Independence Club locations. Topics and workshops cover music production and engineering, fashion, and photography. Contact Elaine Allen, Director, Arts at or 816-861-6300 for more information. MAMM is made possible through grants funded by the COMBAT anti-violence initiative.



If you have not experienced Dinner on Ice, we invite you out for an exciting and unique evening filled with fun, great food, and entertainment
. Dinner is on the floor of the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena (formerly Independence Events Center), served by the Missouri Mavericks players! The players performing dares, tricks, and challenges to earn “tips” for the Clubs.Dinner on Ice promises to be a special evening that you won’t want to miss!Most importantly, the event helps the Clubs ensure quality and safe programs for Eastern Jackson County Club youth.Click HERE to purchase your sponsorship or tickets today!
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Music House School of Music donation

Music House School of Music recently hosted a back to school event to collect art supplies for our Club members. The arts are a big part of our programming and mission to give all of our youth the opportunity to express themselves creatively. Thank you, Music House School of Music, for your donation and efforts.


Great thanks to our friends at Sysco Kansas City for their generous support in providing funding for a van to our Olathe Unit. The evolution and growth at this facility has made brought the need for additional transportation to the forefront. Thank you for helping us meet this need and for your ongoing support and involvement at the Olathe Unit.