Through S.P.A.R.K. (Special Pathways for At Risk Kids) our members can engage in camps, programs, job shadowing, volunteerism and career engagement activities to better determine the best choice for careers and secondary education upon graduating from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne.
Project Blueprint Building Trades Program
Project Blueprint, a program to teach members about the building trades began innthe fall of 2019 in our new Do-It-Best building trades/partnership room. A collaboration with the FWCS Career Academy has already begun. The Northeast Indiana Building Trades offer both financial and volunteer support for the program.
On Site Project Blueprint Club/Partner Program Fall/Spring 2019/2020
On Hand: Zach Kessie, Michael Kinder and Sons, Kyle Gresham; Union Carpenters; Local 232 Darryl Esterline, Sheet Metal Workers Local 20, Northeast Indiana Building Trades, Kurt Beuchel, board volunteer.
Second Session: Architecture and Design: All participants were broken into Architecture (Building) and Design (Drawing). Using legos one group built then drew the design they envisioned. The building group had to construct (using legos) the building that had been drawn.
On Hand: Zach Kessie and Travis Becker, Michael Kinder and Sons, , Kurt Beuchel, board volunteer.
Third Session: Site Development
Carly Buchanan of Brooks Construction brought oreos, pudding, rice krispies, chocolate chips and more to show members of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne how concrete is mixed. The “concrete” tasted good too.
Below girls from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne check blueprints and apshalt from Brooks Constructions’ “Lady of Asphalt”, Carly Buchanan.
They learned how fire lane markings were made as well.
Fourth Session: Carpentry: Carpenters Local 232
Carpenters taught our young memebrs how to look at a blueprint, sharpening thick pencils, measure and mark in the Project Blueprint program on carpentry basics.
Note To Date:
We have a total number of 123 members from the 4-7th grade that have completed at least one program hour for Project Blueprint and e 33 members that completed the safety program from our teen group!
YTD total: 156 members engaged!!!!!
Fifth Session: TBD (Cement Mason/Plumbing)
Sixth Session: Insulation Installation: Insulators Local 41
Seventh Session: Sheet Metal Introduction: Sheet Metal Workers Local 20
Off Site/Other Club/Partner Activities Fall/Spring 2019/2020
The staff from One Eleven Design show members at our Fellowship Church location how to make cakes for the family.
Janet Roe and her baker volunteers made cakes, baked them and then follwed up the next day with decorations.
Camp and out of club education planning for summer 2019 begins soon.
Last years partners included the following
Planet Fitness healthy bodies and anti bullying lessons
Lowes ship building
Best Buy partnering on animation camp
Soaring Hawks Rehabilitation Educational program
Parkview: Occupational therapist discusses careers in the field.
Mad Ants: Motivational talks
Allen County Public Library: Reading programs, Imagination playground blocks
Half Price Books: Reading incentives