Teens

The CLUB Teen Center

 

Important Announcement!

The Downtown Oshkosh Club Quest & Teen areas are closed until March 2024.  8th graders who are signed up for our Teen program will join the Quest program. All 9-12th graders who are part of our Teen after-school program will attend programming offsite at their high schools (Oshkosh West or Oshkosh North) through March 2024. Some special programming, including Non-School Day programs, will remain onsite at the Downtown Club and will be shared with families as it is planned. Also, starting on November 27, the current Quest/Teen Center entrance and Admin entrance to our building will be closed for the next phase in our construction and renovation. Please use the Radford Center entrance only. All after-school transportation will run as usual. Our new Amcor Teen Center and expanded Oshkosh B’gosh Middle School Center are expected to open on March 4th. We are very excited to show you these new spaces!

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The CLUB, a center for teens, includes a fitness center, a technology space, a theater, a lounge area and a music & drama room. The CLUB also features a large games room complete with pool tables, air hockey, ping-pong, foosball and enough video games to engage even the biggest gamer. Teens can participate in a wide variety of activities every day including tournaments and programs,  video games, computers, sports, music, cooking classes, and daily challenges and games.

It is important that we provide our teens with the tools they need to be set up for success. The Club offers in-school and onsite tutoring and onsite mentoring as well as life skills programs.

Questions?

Contact the Director of Teen Center, Jessica McKenna, at jessicam@bgcosh.org. In need of a scholarship? Please call us directly at (920) 233-1414 to learn more.

Connect with the Teen Center

Club Programming: 2023-2024

Learn more about the Teen Program including leadership opportunities and career preparation below.

Our School-Year Program starts September 1, 2023. Learn more here.

Teen Summer Program 2024 begins June 3, 2024. Learn more here. 

BE GREAT: Graduate Program at Oshkosh West and Oshkosh North

The Boys & Girls Club of Oshkosh BE GREAT: Graduate program is a mentoring program for teens in high school.  We currently serve over 60 teens at Oshkosh North and Oshkosh West high schools each school year and through the summer. Our Graduate & Career Coordinators work one-on-one with students to stay on track for graduation and create a plan to be college, community, or career-ready after graduation. Students who are enrolled in the program are also given a free membership to the Boys & Girls Club of Oshkosh.

Learn more about the BE GREAT: Graduate Program here.

All Club members, including Teens, participate in programs that fall under our core program areas of: Education & Career Development, Arts, Health & Life Skills, Character and Leadership and Sports, Fitness & Recreation. Some of examples of teen programs include:

Keystone Club

Keystone is the Boys & Girls Club Movement’s ultimate teen program. This unique leadership development experience provides opportunities for young people ages 14 to 18. Youth participate both in and out of the Club in activities in three focus areas:

  • Academic success
  • Career preparation
  • Community service

With the guidance of an adult advisor, Keystone Clubs aim to have a positive impact on members, the Club and the community.

Youth of the Month

Each month, staff choose a member from each program area to be the member of the month. Members who are chosen for awards stand out to staff for their kind, considerate and respectful behavior, for their positive attitude and participation and who are helpful to other members, staff and volunteers. These members are recognized each year at the Club’s annual Youth of the Year Dinner. This event provides members ages 6-18 the opportunity to showcase their leadership ability and be recognized among their peers.

Youth of the Year

Established in 1947, Youth of the Year is the Boys & Girls Club of America’s premier recognition program for Club members, promoting service to Club, community and family; academic success; strong moral character; life goals; and poise and public speaking ability. Local Clubs recognize members ages 14 to 18 as Youth of the Month winners and also select a Youth of the Year.

The Boys & Girls Club of Oshkosh Youth of the Year receives a $10,000 scholarship from the Boys & Girls Club’s Charles F. Hyde, Jr. Youth of the Year Scholarship Endowment and participates in the statewide competition. State winners each receive a $1,000 scholarship and participate in regional competitions. Five regional winners each receive a $10,000 scholarship and compete on the national level. The National Youth of the Year receives up to an additional $50,000 scholarship and is installed by the President of the United States.

Teens can apply to the Youth of the Year 2023-2024 competition by downloading the application form HERE. Applications must be filled out completely and submitted by Friday, October 13, 2023.

Career Launch

Career Launch is a Boys & Girls Club program that helps teens in high school explore a broad range of possible career choices, match their interests to career clusters and identify the skills and education needed for their desired career path. Activities include resume building, designing a personal career plan and preparing for interviews. Career Launch is designed to support teens in preparing for their first job by gaining valuable professional development skills while making goals for their future after high school. This program is built into other teen Club programs such as our Professional Development Workshop, our mentoring program and our Keystone Leadership Club. Activities are facilitated both one on one and on a group basis.

Money Matters

Money Matters is designed to help teens with proper money management and provide them the skills to enter the working world. Teens learn how to open a savings account, how to be responsible with credit and debit cards, and much more.

Skills to Pay the Bills

Skills to Pay the Bills teaches high school students the soft skills they will need to get a job including positive attitude and communication, teamwork, networking, problem-solving, critical thinking, professionalism and great customer service.

Teen Cuisine

In this program, teens have fun preparing snack items for themselves and their peers. This teaches them how to prepare simple dishes and use kitchen equipment responsibly. Because the food varies every week, teens learn a variety of snack recipes.

Fine Arts

This year-round program encourages artistic expression among Club members ages 6-18 through nine different categories of visual arts. These categories include monochromatic and multi-colored drawing, oil painting and watercolor, printmaking, collage, mixed media, pastel and group projects and provide opportunities for members to create artwork for display.

Visitors

Teens can bring a non-member friend to the CLUB once before joining. The CLUB Teen Center front desk must be given parent contact information beforehand in case of emergency. All visitors must check-in at the front desk and are required to receive a visitor pass before entering the building. The yearly Club membership fee ($25) must be paid before teens can attend regular teen center hours.

 

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Come support our Keystone Club and get something tasty dinner @culvers! ... See MoreSee Less

Come support our Keystone Club and get something tasty dinner @culvers!

Join us at Culvers on Monday, February 5th 5-8! A potion of sales will be going to sending our Keystone leadership club to their national conference this summer in Atlanta,GA! ... See MoreSee Less

Join us at Culvers on Monday, February 5th 5-8! A potion of sales will be going to sending our Keystone leadership club to their national conference this summer in Atlanta,GA!
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Do you want to check out @uwstevenspoint ?! Sign up now for a free tour on the next non school day 2/9! For questions reach out to jessicam@bgcosh.org ... See MoreSee Less

Do you want to check out @uwstevenspoint ?! Sign up now for a free tour on the next non school day 2/9! For questions reach out to jessicam@bgcosh.org

Sign up now for our next Teen Night (1/23). We’re seeing Mean Girls! ... See MoreSee Less

Sign up now for our next Teen Night (1/23). We’re seeing Mean Girls!
3 months ago
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Check out our West Schedule for the week of 12/11-15 😎 Stop on by the O Room and see what’s happening! ... See MoreSee Less

Check out our West Schedule for the week of 12/11-15 😎 Stop on by the O Room and see what’s happening!
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Thursdays Teen Night will be Pizza & Pottery @fireescapeart 415-7. This trip is FREE for all Teen members. Sign up with Alexis-alexism@bgcosh.org ... See MoreSee Less

Thursdays Teen Night will be Pizza & Pottery @fireescapeart 415-7. This trip is FREE for all Teen members. Sign up with Alexis-alexism@bgcosh.org
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Check out what’s happening at our West after school program this week! ... See MoreSee Less

Check out what’s happening at our West after school program this week!
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West Teens! Here's our schedule for the rest of the week.😄 ... See MoreSee Less

West Teens! Heres our schedule for the rest of the week.😄
3 months ago
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We had an amazing time as our teens gave back to the community by making tasty treats and sandwiches for the Day by Day Shelter! It was heartwarming to see how our teens were so enthusiastic about helping others. 🙌

#GreatFutures #bgco #giveback #helpingothers #communityservice #grateful
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We had an amazing time as our teens gave back to the community by making tasty treats and sandwiches for the Day by Day Shelter! It was heartwarming to see how our teens were so enthusiastic about helping others. 🙌 

#GreatFutures #BGCO #giveback #helpingothers #communityservice #gratefulImage attachment
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