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ii. Open Systems Perspectives (3-5 Pages)
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Environmental Sectors Analysis
o For each environmental sector, briefly address the following
questions in the body of your paper (one paragraph per sector):
o â–ª Is the sector critical to organization (resource-dependent)?
Why?
o â–ª Is the sector inherently stable? Why?
o â–ª What actions are taken by the organization to affect
stability:
â–ª What does an organization do? Does this
increase/decrease stability?
â–ª What could the organization do?
â–ª What type of scanning is performed on this sector
(none, irregular, regular, continuous, holographic)? Describe what is
scanned, how, and by whom.
Environmental Sectors Analysis Chart (attach as appendix or imbed in body of paper)
o Environmental Uncertainty
o â–ª Graph complexity and instability findings concluded
above directly onto the Environmental Uncertainty Chart
(attach as appendix or imbed in body of paper).
o â–ª State an explicit environmental uncertainty rating at the
end of this section of your paper (low, low-moderate,
moderate, high-moderate, or high).
o â–ª Predominant Type of Scanning: Summarize findings
regarding scanning practices from Environmental Sectors Analysis Chart to
explicitly conclude the predominant type of scanning.
MPA Analysis: Open Systems Perspective
Environmental Sectors Analysis: Our team completed an Open Systems Analysis for BGCM.
The analysis that we conducted focused on the twelve sectors that could potentially impact the
external business environment. Based on the critical sectors, the organization is relatively
complex. While conducting this analysis, we identified six critical sectors that impact BGCM
directly, and within those six sectors, four were determined to be unstable and three to be stable.
The sectors we identified to be the most impactful are financial, human resources, cultural,
socio-demographics, economic conditions, and physical environment. The critical, unstable
sectors are financial, human resources, economic conditions, and culture. The sociodemographic is reasonably stable, and the physical environment.
Financial Resources: This sector was determined to be a critical factor and very
unstable. Most of the funding for BGCM is based on grants and third-party programs.
Financially what grants are offered, and we are eligible for changes. This requires our
executives to be strategic to ensure we have enough funding for programming.BGCM
relies significantly on fundraising, events, donations, city/state funding, and grants, which
can be unstable and be based on the numbers of youth we are serving. BGCM reaches
communities in exponential ways, so the need for staffing and overhead costs are
constantly growing. The demand from the community is significant, but raising and
sustaining funding can be challenging. Many of the funding programs are based on a sixmonth objective or year. Funding based on outside measures means that very quickly,
BGCM has to be prepared to pivot in the instance the funding is no longer available.
Human Resource: this department is very unstable and critical due to ensuring staff is
being managed based on california law. Being a non-profit with minimal funding can
make it quite challenging to manage staff because of the limite resources. Having an
internal HUman resource person or team would help to ensure and manage staff,
especially those working part-time to ensure that many of the laws are being followed. It
is also helpful with the hiring, termination, and other processes that get overlooked within
the organization. Currently BGCM has a third-party human resources company that
utilizes MMCHR. They utilize one of their internal staff who holds a very different
position to provide consultation and support to program staff. This can be quite complex
because it is not necessarily this individual’s job or part of their job description so this can
become quite complex when this person is brought in the instance of termination.
Boys & Girls Club of Malibu
Safety Presentation
For Youth Development Professional Staff, Site Coordinators, and
Volunteers
www.bgcmalibu.org
Youth Development Professional
Position Description
Purpose: Youth Development Professional staff are responsible for providing mentorship
and engaging youth members in activities and programs, which enables them to develop
self-confidence and reach their full potential as responsible and caring citizens. Youth
Development Professionals also facilitate the planning and implementation of Club
programs that will leave a positive impact on youth members while maintaining a fun,
clean, and safe environment and atmosphere at all times.
Professional Responsibilities
PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS:
1. Leadership
2. Assisting in Program Development
3. Communication
4. Supervision and Safety
5. Other Duties as Necessary/Assigned
6. Case Studies
7. DEI in the Workplace
8. Professionalism in the Workplace
9. Social Media/Electronic Mail
10. Emergency Preparedness
*Professional standards are not limited to information herein.
Additional Responsibilities
Mentorship
● Staff are engaging Club members respectfully and positively
● Staff use academic programs such as Youth of the Month and Power Hour efficiently
Programming
● Create fun and engaging programming
● Programming meets local and national criteria
Creating/Maintaining a Safe Environment
● Cleaning and sanitizing equipment and Club homeroom
● Monitoring Club members
● Applying sound discipline
● Facilitate and maintain an orderly homeroom & Clubhouse environment
independently
Additional Responsibilities COVID-19
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Member/staff daily temperature checks
Daily health questionnaire through the district
Cleaning and deep sanitization of surfaces on an hourly basis
Ensuring that members are actively following all protocols and procedures, including
but not limited to: wearing masks, social distancing, frequent hand washing, etc.
Responsible for monitoring members symptoms (of any kind) related to COVID-19
or otherwise. Communicate all member incidences appropriately to designated
supervisor or Director of Elementary Programs
Leadership
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Encourage members to actively participate in ongoing Club programs and activities.
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Empower members to be leaders through positive role modeling.
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Facilitate Club program sessions and activities in the following areas: Character & Leadership,
Education Development, Health & Life Skills, The Arts, Sports, Fitness & Recreation, and more.
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Provide recognition to members through positive validations, youth of the month designations,
healthy incentives, and affirmation on a regular basis.
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Teamwork mentality is exemplified in all areas.
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Positively influence and uplift members, coworkers, and or volunteers.
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Ensure productive and effective performance by all program staff and volunteers.
Assisting in Program Development
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Weekly program planning is required to ensure preparation and successful programs
and activities.
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Attend and participate in weekly staff meetings and staff trainings, which are
essential to professional development.
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Follow all policies and procedures at all times, including the Club’s Code of Conduct,
which can be found in the MMC Employee Handbook.
Communication
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Inform important and relevant information in staff meetings and to members,
parents/guardians, co-workers, Director of Elementary Programs/Supervisor, other Program
Managers, and other Boys & Girls Club professional staff.
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Listen to and collaborate with co-workers, parents/guardians, youth and community members,
and other Boys & Girls Club professional staff.
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Write and compose clear, concise, accurate written documentation and incident reports.
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Track daily attendance of Club members by ensuring sign-in/sign-out sheet is filled out
properly by parents/guardians.
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Write incident reports immediately upon the occurrence of a member incident.
Supervision and Safety
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Member safety is #1 priority Supervise youth members during programs or otherwise.
Write incident reports immediately upon the occurrence of a member incident.
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Provide sound and reasonable discipline of youth members at necessary times through
written documentation (i.e. write-up), and/or parent/guardian phone call.
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Staff should not initiate any physical contact with members. Please be mindful of policies
surrounding physical touch guidelines.
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Manage assigned volunteers/work study; provide ongoing feedback; and identify and
support development opportunities.
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Practice and constantly be aware of safe practices and protocols like Crisis Management,
Emergency Preparedness, COVID-19 response, CPR/First Aid, etc.
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Must be CPR certified or willing to get certified during the onboarding process.
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Maintain a clean and orderly work space at all times.
Other Duties as Necessary/Assigned
The list of essential responsibilities, as outlined herein, is not intended to be limited to this
presentation alone. The omission of any responsibilities does not preclude management/
professional leadership staff from assigning duties not listed herein if such functions are
a logical assignment and essential to the efficiency of the position.
Case Study 1: Indirect Bullying
Key Steps:
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Identify the conflict between the children
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Ask the children what is going on
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Ask for ideas about compromise
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Suspend your own opinion
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Recount the conflict and the solution the children come up with.
Keep In Mind:
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Ask Jack and Jill to put toys away, then ask Jack/Jill to include Ava in play.
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If the children cannot play with each other, ask Jack and Jill to put toys away, and proceed to
explain why Ava may seem bossy and attempt group play.
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Parent conversation with Jack and Jill’s parents about bullying another Club member, console Ava.
Case study 2: Direct Bullying
Key Steps:
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Identify the conflict between the children
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Ask the children what is going on/Ask for ideas about compromise
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Suspend your own opinion
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Recount the conflict and the solution the children come up with
Keep In Mind:
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Step in as soon as you hear name calling, and explain that it is not acceptable at the BGC.
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Attempt to be a mediator for their conflict-resolution
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Encourage members to come up with how they can improve their behavior
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Speak with members’ parents about the day’s events.
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File an incident report, follow up with supervisor.
Case Study 3: Members not Listening
Key Steps:
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Identify the conflict between the children
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Ask the children what is going on/Ask for ideas about compromise
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Suspend your own opinion
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Recount the conflict and the solution the children come up with.
Keep In Mind:
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The unsafe behavior should be addressed as soon as possible to prevent possible injury from occurring.
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Speak with the children, either independently or together, and have them identify why their behavior should
improve and communicate their proposed solution as a group.
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Address the Club member’s behavior with the parent by giving specific examples of what occurred.
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Explain how the behavior broke BGC guidelines and remind parents that safety of members is our top
priority. You can also provide insight to what solution was created with the child.
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Have staff members write an incident report detailing the events that occured for Chloe and Oliver.
Case Study 4: Member Bee Sting
A young Club member is stung by a bee. Two situations are presented that are very vital
to Club member safety. Examine how staff will handle safety:
Scenario 1: David is allergic to bees.
Scenario 2: Staff are unsure if David is allergic.
First Aid for Member Insect Sting
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Signs of Allergic Reaction
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Difficulty breathing, shortness of breath
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Tight feeling in the chest and throat
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Swelling of the face, throat or tongue
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Weakness, dizziness or confusion
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Rash or hives
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Low blood pressure
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Shock
If Club member’s allergy is unknown
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Provide care as if the member does not have an allergy.
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Continue to monitor the child.
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Call the parent and inform them of the situation.
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Call 9-1-1 if child shows symptoms of allergic reaction.
If Club member does not have an allergy
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fingernail, credit card, or tweezers. If a bee sting, use tweezers to
When to Call 9-1-1
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Has trouble breathing
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Complains of throat tightening
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Explains he or she is allergic
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Become unconscious
Remove any visible stinger. Scrape away from the skin, use a clean
grab the stinger, not venom sac.
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Wash site with soap and water.
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Cover the area and keep it clean.
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Apply cold pack to the area to reduce pain and swelling.
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Call 9-1-1 if a person has trouble breathing or shows signs of
anaphylaxis.
Case Study 5: First Aid Head Injury
An older Club member jumps off the play structure and hits his head. Two situations are
presented that are very vital to Club member safety. Examine how staff will handle safety:
Scenario 1: Possible severe head injury
Scenario 2: Preventing the child from possible injury.
First Aid Head Injury
Providing Care to Head Injury
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Determine if the child can get up and move.
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If the child is not feeling better,
call their parents.
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Ask if they can feel their feet and move their hands
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Ask if they feel numbness or tingling
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If the child cannot move utilize the EAP
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Confusion
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Keep the child calm, maintain a safe scene, wait for
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Dizziness
professionals
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Nausea or vomiting
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Loss of consciousness
Once child makes it to a safe location, begin to access.
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Ask questions
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What happened?
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Do you feel any numbing or tingles?
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Do you remember your parents names?
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Symptoms to be aware of
Case Study 6: Member Sign-In Issues
This addresses how to deal with members that do not check in and play outside of the school, but
are enrolled in Club programs.
Key Steps:
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Check to see if there is parent supervision.
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Ask the children to come back to the Clubhouse, and explain safety guidelines and procedures
to the child.
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Inform the school Admin office immediately if children are outside unattended. If Club
members do not check in, and are not listening to Club staff, the responsibility of the child falls
on the school as opposed to Club staff.
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Inform parents of the child’s behavior, if the member agrees to sign-in with Club staff, and the
problem persists.
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In addition, when non-members are hanging around the Clubhouse inform the school.
Case Study 7: Non-Club Members
This addresses how to deal with non-Club members playing with Club members outside of school
hours.
Key Steps:
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Check to see if there is parent supervision or coach supervision for non-Club members.
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Ask the non-Club member to go to the office or wait outside of the Club area to be picked up.
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If the child refuses to listen, escort non-Club members to the front office or call the office to get
the child.
Keep In Mind:
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Non-Club members must be supervised by a parent or a coach to play on the school facilities. If
there is a non-Club member they should wait at either the office or outside of the Club.
Case Study 8: Flu Symptoms
Identifying flu symptoms:
Key Steps:
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Work with the child and reassure them that they will be okay.
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Keep other children away and provide water and food for the sick child.
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Attempt to contact parents and have them pick up the sick member.
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If the parent doesn’t answer, leave a voice message and or text message describing the incident.
Address the child’s current state, present the facts of the situation and stay away from
assumptions. Reassure the parents that the child is safe and staff will be monitoring the situation.
Ask for an estimate time of arrival and continue to provide care for the member.
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Reassure the Club member that everything will be okay. Speak with a calm tone and tell the child
they will be picked up as soon as possible. Continue to keep other children away, provide fluids if
possible (water).
Additional Symptom Information
Case Study 9: Keeping Your Cool
When staff attempt to address member’s combative behavior, staff should follow the necessary steps to ensure they
are responding appropriately to a member’s negative response to constructive discipline.
Key Steps:
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Keep the members safe from harm and remain calm/professional.
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Staff should isolate his/her self away from other members, if the situation is escalating. Seek team support to
take your place until the situation is resolved.
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Take the child away from the situation and have a conversation about their behavior, call parent to pick child up
if the behavior worsens.
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Contact your supervisor or Director of Elementary Programs and share the information of the incident with them
exactly as it occured.
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File an incident report that follows the chain of command. Remember to include factual information and keep
bias and subjective opinions out.
Case Study 10: Unfamiliar Adult
It is our responsibility to keep Club members safe, especially from strangers or dangerous adults. Staff may need to confront an
unfamiliar adult.
Key Steps:
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If an unfamiliar adult attempts to pick up a child, staff should first check emergency cards AND Club membership forms.
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If the name does not appear ask other staff members if the parent looks familiar.
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Take a copy of the adult’s drivers license, whether or not they have been verified to pick up the child that day.
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Check other files to see if there is someone with legal constraint, always be aware of what members have court orders. (If
there is a current court order in place, the BGCM requires a certified copy on site in order to comply with legal restraints).
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Attempt to separate the Club member and the adult picking the member up. Ask the member if they know the person.
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After assessing the situation, call the parent/s to confirm that the adult is permitted to pick up their child.
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Verbal consent has to be given or the child cannot be permitted to leave with the unfamiliar adult.
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If you feel unsafe, consult with your supervisor, and proceed to call the police if advised to do so.
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Allow the Director of Elementary Programs to call the parent and explain the situation that happened so they are aware.
You will likely need to provide clear and accurate information related to the incident to PD.
Case Study 11: Parent Under the Influence
Observe parent in question. Consult with your Site Coordinator or Director of Elementary Programs if the parent appears to be
under the influence of drugs and or alcohol.
Key Steps:
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Converse with the parent to further observe behavior. Ask a colleague to watch after the child while you speak with the
parent.
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If the parent is showing obscure behavior, explain that you cannot release their child. You can also offer to call someone to
pick up the parent/their child.
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If the parent is exhibiting behavior that appears under the influence, and refusing assistance or becoming defensive, you can
advise that we are required to call the police in this situation.
Case Study 11: Parent Under the Influence
Consider asking the parent the following questions:
Scenario 2: Negative Parent Reaction
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“Are you feeling okay?”
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Attempt to explain we care about the safety of Club members.
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“Are you okay to drive?”
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If the parent is exhibiting behavior that appears under the
influence, ask the parent to leave. If they refuse assistance or
Scenario 1: Positive Parent Reaction
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Ask the parent if there is someone else that
can pick the child up. Reassure them there
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the police in this situation.
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Notify staff members of the situation. Keep distance between
would not be a late fee if someone else needs
parent and Club members. Bring the members inside and keep
to come.
the parent outside of the gate. In worse case scenario, lock the
Remind the parent that we care about the
Clubhouse/gate door.
safety of Club members.
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become defensive, you can advise that we are required to call
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For Habitual Alcohol/Substance Abuse: If you notice a
If the parent accepts assistance, discuss pick
alcohol/substance abuse pattern, be sure to keep your
up options.
Supervisor informed.
Case Study 12: Violent Video Games
or Explicit Music
Club members are not allowed to participate in or listen to explicit music or play violent/aggressive video games including use of
weapons.
Key Steps:
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Ask the member to stop listening/playing prohibited music/game.
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If the member refuses, take away the computer/phone time.
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Remind the member of the Club rules. Staff have the ability to block usage for a week if deemed necessary.
Context: Computer free time is usually on Friday’s with the exception of doing homework during Power Hour. Occasionally, if the
children are well behaved then they might be allowed to play learning games during member’s choice Mon-Thurs.
Keep In Mind:
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Club members may attempt to confuse/lie to staff members and continue to play violent video games or listen to inappropriate
music.
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Members may act out if they do not get their way, step aside and seek assistance from supervisor or Director of Elementary
Programs. Inform the members that his/her behavior is against BGC rules. If necessary, inform parent(s) of incident.
Case Study 13: Missing Club Member
Remain calm, majority of the time the child is safe.
Scenario 2: Someone approaches you about a missing
Scenario 1: Staff notices a member is missing
child (Club member or Non-Club member). Assuming the
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Ask other staff if they have seen the Club member.
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Work with the staff member who was inside at the time
missing child has not signed in at the Club.
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to attempt to identify if anyone picked the child up.
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Ask other members if they have seen the child.
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Sometimes, parents make an error on the Sign Out
Ask other children if the Club member was seen
after school.
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Check the school nurse or the office. Work with the
parent and office staff in finding the child.
Sheet.
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Check outside areas around the Club.
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Check the school offices if the child is there.
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Is the member in after school programs put on by
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Ask the parent if the child had after school
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the school?
responsibilities.
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Is the member having a playdate?
Does the child take the bus?
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Was the member picked up by a different parent?
Are parents separated?
Get in contact with supervisor or Director of Elementary Programs if the child hasn’t been found for additional assistance.
Diversity + Equity + Inclusion (DEI)
BGCM is committed to a safe, equitable, and non-discriminatory working environment, and has
no tolerance for: discrimination of any kind, harassment, derogatory remarks, slander, or
otherwise as mentioned below. Failure to comply with these Company standards could result in
disciplinary action or termination of employment.
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Please be respectful of ALL members, fellow staff, professional leadership staff, parents,
volunteers, etc.
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
The Boys & Girls Club of Malibu is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to people of all
walks and abilities, regardless of sex, ethnicity, or age. Applicants and employees are expressly protected from
discrimination motivated by inherent traits of their person such as race, religion, color, sex, gender identity,
sexual orientation (perceived or actual), national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, uniform service member
status, marital status, pregnancy, age, protected medical condition, and disability. In today’s world, the right to
equal opportunity is an evolving definition that can vary from local, state, and federal laws.
Professionalism In the Workplace
Attendance and Punctuality
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Please practice professionalism through reliability and proper time
management. If you are running late or cannot fulfill your shift, please notify
your supervisor with ample notice. Similarly, if you need to leave work early,
please obtain permission from your supervisor.
Attire In the Workplace
Meals & Breaks
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Must wear BGCM staff shirt at all times.
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Please do not wear additional outerwear that
covers your BGCM staff shirt.
Always take your break when working more than 6 hours for a
minimum of 30 minutes. Lunch breaks are unpaid.
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This break should go uninterrupted, and if so, feel free to
communicate with the supervisor to take the allotted time.
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Failure to adhere or be permitted to take a break can result in
disciplinary action for either the person failing to adhere or
failing to allow.
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Comfortable clothing/shoes, no flip flops.
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Shorts need to be an appropriate length.
(Just above the knee is acceptable)
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Employees must practice good hygiene.
Hair/clothes should be clean and well kept.
Social Media/Electronic Mail Policy
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All employees are expected to exercise good judgment and professionalism when using
electronic mail (e-mail) on behalf of the Company or on Company owned equipment and media
platforms.
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All personal social media must remain personal and private. Any interactions promoting an
unauthorized disclosure of ideas or claims of the Company or intended to defame or
mischaracterize the Company are prohibited. Additionally, “friending” of Club members and
vendors or other key affiliates of the Company is strictly prohibited. A violation of this policy
shall result in harsh disciplinary action, including termination. Please be mindful of the type of
content you support and represent based on your personal social media identity. You are a
representation of The Club and its mission and objectives.
Keep In Mind:
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Expect and practice regular communication related to work via email with your supervisor
via BGC email assigned.
Emergency Preparedness
In the event of an emergency, related to natural disasters or otherwise, BGCM follows
protocol/procedures in alignment with the district, respective to each school site. We will
participate in drills on school premises and in bi-annual training to review & rehearse all
protocols.
The “Emergency Evacuation Manual” is also available at each Clubhouse site.
Questions?
Please contact Director of Elementary Programs, Sebastian Spiroglou with any
questions/concerns. Thank you!
Email: sebastianspiroglou@bgcmalibu.org
Phone: 310-717-6434 (In emergency situations)
*Can also be contacted on site via walkie.
For assistance related to staff or member social emotional wellness, please contact the
BGCM Wellness Center wellnessinfo@bgcmalibu.org or 310-457-6801 ext 74141
Parent Handbook
2021-2022
Webster Elementary – Malibu Elementary –
Malibu Middle – Malibu High
“Our mission is to significantly enhance the lives of youth to fulfill
their potential as caring, productive, and contributing citizens.”
Malibu Foundation for Youth and Families DBA Boys & Girls Club of Malibu 501(c)3: 95-4774844
Our Story
Boys & Girls Clubs are the centerpiece to any community. Great cities have Boys & Girls Clubs and for the last 20 years,
annually 1,200 youth have come through the doors of the Boys & Girls Club of Malibu (BGCM) to be mentored and
engage in inspirational and engaging activities.
In 2000, the BGCM was created as a prevention tool by a small group of concerned community members who recognized
Malibu’s shortcomings when it came to productive activities for teens combined with isolationism. The Gibson family
met the community’s need with a one-million-dollar gift which allowed the BGCM to open its doors and focus on vital
programs for over a decade.
For over 20 years, BGCM has thrived and been dedicated to mentoring middle and high school students during their
most critical decision-making years, providing them with programs that create confidence and helping to build positive
relationships that will support them through high school.
BGCM also operates two elementary sites located on the campuses of Malibu Elementary and Webster Elementary,
providing vital programs and services to the K-5th population. Our Elementary Clubhouses provide vibrant and interactive
spaces with access to computers, music, books, art supplies, a large outdoor space, and more. We offer a vast range of
important and influential tools, skills, and enrichment programs. Every child is provided with the opportunity to benefit
from our team of professionals and the exciting and enriching programs we offer.
Although the BGCM was created as a prevention tool, by providing Malibu teens with engaging activities, it has become
so much more. The BGCM represents and provides services to the most diverse populations in the community. And now
through our Wellness Center, we are providing social and emotional support, counseling services, and social support
services for all Club members/families and the community at large.
The BGCM is committed to responding to the ongoing needs of the community through providing safe, affordable,
professionally staffed Clubhouses with consistent opportunities for kids to grow, learn, and have fun!
GREAT FUTURES START HERE.
Malibu Foundation for Youth and Families 501(c)3: 95-4774844
The BGCM was established in 1999 by the founding members of the Malibu Foundation for Youth and Families
GENERAL INFORMATION
FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT WWW.BGCMALIBU.ORG
Our Vision
The Boys & Girls Club of Malibu (BGCM) provides a positive and nurturing place for children during afterschool
hours. Our vision is to:
● Focus on the development of the whole child;
● Offer safe, enriching activities with professional mentorship in a positive environment;
● Support academic, social and emotional success
Membership and Registration
Membership at the Boys & Girls Club of Malibu is open to all boys and girls entering grades TK-12 regardless of
race, color, religion, national origin, gender or sexual orientation. At this time, we are only serving TK students
at Webster Elementary. A minimum of 6 TK or Kindergarten enrollees is required from each school in order to
serve that grade level. Parents/guardians must complete an online membership application which can be
found at www.bgcmalibu.org.
In an effort to support parents and families, the BGCM is open on many holidays and school-closure days*:
September 16, 2021 – Local Holiday
November 11, 2021 – Veteran’s Day
December 20, 2021 – Dec 31, 2021 – SMMUSD Winter Break*
January 3, 2022 – SMMUSD Pupil Free Day
January 17, 2022 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day
February 21, 2022 – Washington’s Birthday
April 4 – April 8, 2022 – SMMUSD Spring Break*
*On school closure days, the BGCM consolidates locations to the Teen Center & one Elementary site TBD
The Boys & Girls Club will be closed in observance of the following holidays:
● September 6, 2021 – Labor Day
● September 7, 2021 – Local Holiday
● November 2, 2021 – SMMUSD Pupil Free Day (Elementary students only)
● November 24-26, 2021 – Thanksgiving
● December 22-24, 2021 – Christmas*
● December 29-31, 2021 – New Year
● January 3, 2022 – SMMUSD Pupil Free Day (Middle/high school students only)
● April 11 – April 15, 2022 – SMMUSD Spring Break*
● May 30, 2022 – Memorial Day
● July 4, 2022 – Independence Day
POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
Sick Days and Absences
FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT WWW.BGCMALIBU.ORG
Members who were absent from school or left school early due to illness will not be allowed to attend the
program. It is important to notify the staff of any illness that may be communicable. If a child becomes ill
during Club programming, a staff member will inform parents/guardians.
If members are suspended from school, they are not allowed to participate in afterschool programming, as the
BGCM follows each school’s suspension policy.
Cell Phones and Electronic Devices
Children’s cell phones are permitted at the BGCM elementary Clubhouses, but MUST be turned off and kept in
their backpacks during program hours. Each child is responsible for his/her phone. If you should need to
contact your child, please use the direct line for the BGCM site.
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Direct Line for Malibu Elementary BGCM Clubhouse (310) 290-3150
Direct Line for Webster BGCM Clubhouse (310) 774-1969
Teen Center Administrative Line (310) 457-1400
Teen Center Club Programs Line (310) 241-3675
Wellness Center Line (424) 209-4907
BGCM is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged items, including, but not limited to electronic devices,
money, clothing, etc. To avoid items being lost or stolen, members are encouraged to leave all personal items
at home.
Outside Contact or Conflict of Interest
Outside contact between staff and members/parents, including but not limited to telephone, text, online, or in
person communication, is against staff policy. If a parent suspects unauthorized or inappropriate contact, they
should report it to the Director of Elementary Programs or Teen Center Director. In the event that a member’s
family has a pre-existing relationship with a staff member, the parent must disclose the relationship to the
Director.
Drop Off and Pick Up Policies
Please do not leave your child unattended or unsupervised for any reason prior to the opening of any program
location. Members must be signed out by a parent, guardian or other adult listed on the child’s Emergency
Card. Our staff may not take your child home or make any baby-sitting arrangements for you. Under no
circumstance will we release a child to Uber, Lyft or other Taxi service.
Late Pickup Policy
Both our Webster Elementary, Malibu Elementary, and Teen Center Clubhouses close at 6:30 P.M. We do not
have staff on the premises after these hours; therefore, we rely on parents/guardians to pick up their children
by our closing times. Should parents be late for any reason, the following policies will be in effect:
● 1st Incident: Friendly reminder of our program hours
● Every Incident After: Late fee of $1.00 per minute per child will be charged
● Continual Late Pickups: May jeopardize your child’s membership
SAFETY
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First Aid
BGCM employees are trained in CPR and First Aid. Club staff members may aid in the treatment of minor first
aid injuries and/or illnesses. These include:
● Minor cuts, scrapes, or bumps
● Low grade fever, headaches
● Feeling faint and needing to lie down
Staff will take the following steps:
1. Provide first aid treatment
2. Complete an incident report
3. Advise the Site Coordinator of the accident or illness
4. Notify parents
The staff will handle minor injuries sustained in the program, and are only allowed to use Band-Aids, ice packs,
and bandages. All incidents are documented by staff via an “Incident Report” form. If there is a serious injury
to a child, the parent will be contacted.
Should a Club member require emergency treatment, the Site Coordinator, Director of Elementary Programs,
or Teen Center Director will call 911 and notify parents/guardians immediately.
Medication
The Boys & Girls Club is NOT allowed, by policy, to dispense, administer, store and/or oversee medication of
any kind, including all non-prescription medications. Any medication that may need to be given should be
administered before coming to the Club. If members are on medication, the Club would like to be aware so we
can help support your child.
Insurance Information
If your child/teen is injured while participating in our program and requires immediate attention, your health
insurance will be the primary source responsible for payment of the cost of treatment for your child.
Head Lice Policy
The BGCM have a “No Nit” head lice policy. If live lice are found on your child, he/she will be sent home. In
order for a child to return to the program, a written clearance from a physician or the school nurse will need to
be obtained.
Mandated Reporting
All BGCM employees are mandated reporters and are required by California State Law to report suspected
child abuse immediately. In the event that a report is made, a written report is also sent to the Registry and
kept on file in the organization.
Discipline Policy
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The Club is committed to providing the best possible experience for your child. In order to ensure participant
safety and maintain a positive environment, staff must use discipline procedures with members who exhibit
inappropriate behavior. Our program uses conflict resolution, problem solving, choice of alternative activities
and quiet time as tools to assist youth in developing their own self-control. The following steps may be utilized
with the member and involve parent support to assist in carrying out the established rules and policies of the
Club.
Step 1: Re-direction and individual discussion with a staff
Step 2: Loss of specific center privileges relating to the offense for a given amount of time
Step 3: Discussion with the Program Director
Step 4: Contact of parent or guardian to discuss issues relating to the lack of safety or concern
Step 5: Temporary suspension from the Club
Step 6: Removal from the Club and loss of Club membership
*Members who are removed from one Clubhouse are ineligible for membership at any other BGCM location
Removal from the Club
We reserve the right to suspend or expel any child for disciplinary reasons. In such cases, membership fees will
not be refunded. The staff and parent/guardian have the right to request a parent conference at any time.
Removal can result for the following behaviors:
● Inflicting physical or emotional harm to self or others
● Destroying property
● Disrupting the program facility
● Failure to adequately respond to regular disciplinary actions
● Repetitive ignoring of staff requests
● Using, promoting or supplying drugs, alcohol, and weapons and other illegal activities
● If a parent is chronically late picking up the child; chronically late paying their child’s fees or abusive to staff
Rules
At the BGCM, we follow the Four “R’s:”
● Respect the staff — listen and follow directions;
● Respect the Club — take care of Club equipment and property;
● Respect Club members — be friendly, listen and share with other members; keep your hands and feet to
yourself;
● Respect yourself — take care of yourself and your belongings
Emergencies and Natural Disasters
In the case of a natural disaster, such as an earthquake or flood, we follow procedures outlined by each school
site: Webster Elementary, Malibu Elementary, and Teen Center Clubhouses. Staff members at each site will
implement emergency drills twice monthly.
Behavior Management
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BGCM seeks to build a child’s self-esteem by helping him or her develop self-control and responsibility for his
or her actions. We teach and reinforce positive behavior through the Be Great Traits. We never use physical
punishment in any way.
To minimize the need for disciplinary action, behavior expectations have been established at each of our
programs. These expectations set limits of behavior for the safety and protection of children. Our goal is to
help each child achieve self-control. We ask all parents/guardians to support us in encouraging positive
behavior with all members, and to use appropriate language and behaviors while visiting our programs. Any
verbal or physical misconduct by a parent/caregiver may result in your child’s dismissal from the program.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
BGCM aims to help guide students, families, and individuals to healthy discussions that honor diversity in a
manner that acknowledges and embraces it, and to support platforms that foster tolerance and equity in our
community. Ultimately, it is always of utmost importance and our goal is to ensure the safety and dignity
of all people and to educate all young people on the importance of and commitment to equity and equality.
Our professional staff continuously participate in and encourage diversity, equity, and inclusion by facilitating
ongoing activities with our members stimulating observance, self-awareness, and education.
Anti-Bullying Policy
The Boys & Girls Club of Malibu is committed to providing all members with a safe and supportive
environment, and has a zero-tolerance policy for bullying at any Club activity on or off site.
Bullying refers to any written, electronic, verbal, physical or social act that willfully harms another and is
motivated by perception of one’s race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation,
gender identity, mental disability, physical disability, appearance or socioeconomic status.
Verbal or physical abuse by you or your child to other children or to our staff is inappropriate behavior that will
not be tolerated. If your child should display such behavior, the staff will complete an Incident Report. The
Director will review it with you to identify any possible solutions. If the behavior continues, we may dismiss
your child from the program. Youth who witness or experience an act of bullying are expected to inform a staff
member immediately, so that proper supports and interventions can be put into place.
Member Confidentiality
In the event of an accident or incident between members, all member information will remain confidential to
the parties involved. BGCM management will only answer questions and share information with parents
regarding their own child.
Termination Policies
Club membership may be terminated for any, but not limited to, one of the following reasons:
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Failure to adequately respond to regular disciplinary actions
Repetitive ignoring of staff requests
Inflicting physical or emotional harm to self or others
Continuous nonpayment of Club membership fees
Destroying property or excessive program disruption
Excessive late pickups (see Late Pickup Policy)
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● Possession of illicit drugs, alcohol, weapons, or replicas of weapons at Club or on school campus
● Child who presents a health and/or safety risk to himself/herself, other children or staff
● Parent or guardian who presents a health and/or safety risk to himself/herself, other children and/or
parents, staff, or students
● Parent or guardian who physically, sexually, and/or verbally harasses staff, other parents, students, and/or
children
● Non-compliance with the BGCM program policies in the Parent Handbook
COVID-19 Related Safety
Parent Expectations
Parents are asked to support the Club in providing a safe space for our members and staff by informing the
Club of any changes to their child’s health or community exposure. If a child exhibits any symptoms of
fever, runny nose, coughing, or shortness of breath, parents are required to keep them home and notify
the school and Director of Elementary Programs. Parents are required to answer a health questionnaire
daily upon drop‐off and authorize the Club or its representatives to administer a daily temperature check
on their child prior to admission into the program. The Club operates in alignment with SMMUSD
protocols and procedures in regards to COVID-19.
Member Expectations
Members participating in the program are required to follow Club policies surrounding behavior, hygiene,
health practices, social distancing, and any recommendations outlined by the CDC. Members will
participate in programs in their designated homeroom and follow instructions of mentor professionals and
site staff in order to ensure their safety.
Members who show disregard for Club policies or exhibit intentional disruptive behavior may be asked to
leave the program.
The Club mirrors mask policies in place through SMMUSD.
Staff Expectations
As part of enhanced safety and health protocols, the Club will staff each building with one site director to
oversee the drop‐off process and address any issues that arise, one mentor professional per group to run
programs and to ensure cleanliness. All staff will undergo extensive training of enhanced safety protocols,
observation, and sign‐off from senior leadership. All staff are not to bring in any personal items. Staff cell
phones can be stored in a designated space and must be sanitized upon entry into the building.
General Hygiene
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The Club will require all members and staff to follow CDC recommendations for reducing transmission,
maintaining healthy business operations, and a healthy work environment including but not limited to:
1. Wash Hands:
a. Upon entry into building
b. After using the restroom
c. Before/After eating
d. After Outdoor Play
e. Before/After any health assessment or screening of any staff or member
2. Members within the same homeroom must wear a mask
3. Not be within six feet of another person outside of your grouping
4. Not make physical contact with any other person
5. Not touch their face
6. Cough & sneeze into a tissue or inside of elbow
7. Stay home if they are sick or know they will not pass wellness screening
Safe Learning Space
A. Tables will be positioned to accommodate six feet of separation between every person.
B. Only items that can be sanitized/cleaned daily are authorized to be used as part of program
(wood, plastic, metal, etc.). Items that cannot be washed or sanitized daily at the facility will be
prohibited (stuffed animals, plush toys, etc.).
Program Delivery
All members will receive a Club Safety Briefing at the start of their day to remind them of the importance of
social distancing and maintaining good hygiene practices. Staff will receive additional training around
fostering a safe learning environment and are encouraged to clarify expectations and institute best practices
for behavior management in the event an issue arises.
Field Trips
Field Trips are offered to Club members throughout the school year, on holiday breaks, and throughout the
summer session. Field trip sign-ups are based on a first-come, first-serve basis. Depending upon the nature of
the field trip, there may be an additional fee required. Transportation may include walking, bus, or Club van,
and a signed permission slip is required by all members to participate. Youth are expected to show respect for
the trip location and personnel, as well as for Club staff and other members. To ensure the safety of all
members, parents/guardians may not take their child to the field trip location or pick them up from the venue.
Failure to abide by these rules may result in a loss of field trip privileges.
Payment Policies
● Membership and registration MUST be completed prior to participation in Club programming!
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● The BGCM requires a credit card be kept on file for all families to ensure membership payment
● Please note that membership is not month to month and cannot be prorated based on usage. Once
enrolled, the BGCM does not issue membership refunds.
● BGCM offers a handful of payment plans and options to better support your financial needs
● The ability to pay is never a barrier to participate in our Club program! Our goal is to keep membership
dues affordable for all. Customized plans can be crafted to suit individual situations based on financial
need. Should you need a payment plan, please speak with the Director of Elementary Programs or Teen
Center Director
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Sites
BGCM – Malibu Elementary Clubhouse
(310) 290-3150
Hours of Operation
Monday – Friday 7:30AM – 8:15AM
Monday – Thursday 1:45PM – 6:30PM
Friday 12:45PM – 6:30PM
BGCM – Webster Clubhouse
(310) 774-1969
Hours of Operation
Monday – Thursday 1:40PM – 6:30PM
Friday – 1:15PM – 6:30PM
BGCM Teen Center
310-241-3675
Hours of Operation
Monday – Thursday 3:30 – 6:30PM
Friday 1:30 – 6:30PM
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Contact Us
BGCM Teen Center & Main Branch
*located on the campus of Malibu High School
Grades 6th – 12th
30215 Morning View Dr.
Malibu, CA 90265
Club Line: (310) 241-3675
Administrative Line: (310) 457-1400
Wellness Center: (424) 209-4907
BGCM – Malibu Elementary Site
BGCM – Webster Site
*located on the campus of
Malibu Elementary School
*located on the campus of Webster
Elementary School
Grades TK – 5th
6955 Fernhill Dr.
Malibu, CA 90265
(310) 290-3150
Grades TK – 5th
3602 Winter Canyon Road
Malibu, CA 90265
(310) 774-1969
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Boys & Girls Clubs Curriculum
Module #4: Drug Education & Prevention
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(BGCA).
Essential Question for Module: How might you design a positive coping strategy for your
partner.
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Posterboard
Markers
Pen
Paper
Group Discussion: Take time to discuss the following questions with your members (15
minutes)
● What is a coping strategy?
● What is an example of a healthy coping strategy and a negative coping strategy?
● What is a healthy coping strategy so important? And what can happen if you
don’t practice healthy coping strategies?
Read this article:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1HS9ALMZj4kYpEEDNJj5qDKtdEKiyYp_ah
FGizwbRpxc/edit?usp=sharing
Design Thinking Challenge: Healthy Coping Strategies
1. Your member’s challenge is to design a positive coping skill for your partner.
2. Have members get into pairs and have them interview each other about stress
and how they cope. They can use the following questions to get them started. (10
minutes)
a. What stresses you out?
b. What does stress look like for you? (Wanting to sleep, stomach ache,
procrastinating)
c. What coping strategies do you use when you are stressed or upset?
d. What makes you feel relaxed and happy?
e. What makes you feel safe and connected?
3. Have members create a need statement for their partners. (10 minutes)
____(my partner)_____ needs __________ because/in order to_________.
Examples: Tonia needs a coping strategy that will make her feel connected to
others in order for her to make healthy choices.
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(BGCA).
4. Have your members brainstorm 25 different ideas to meet the needs of their
needs statement. Give members a piece of paper and a pen so they can take
notes/sketch while they brainstorm together. (10 minutes)
a. Suggestion: It may be helpful to play this video for your members as they
brainstorm. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5EXpkVw3fh0
5. Have students make a prototype of their best idea. This prototype should be
displayed as a storyboard. An example can be found at the bottom of the lesson
plan. (20 minutes)
6. Have members share their solutions with their partners. Have them take turns
providing and capturing each other’s feedback. (10 minutes)
Wrap-up Discussion: Take time to discuss the following questions with your
group of members. (10 minutes)
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Do you have a better understanding of positive coping strategies?
What is an example of when you might use a positive coping strategy?
Have you tried the coping strategy your partner designed for you?
With this new information, how can we be more empathetic towards others who
may be feeling stressed, isolated, or struggling?
Essential Question for Module: How might you be an up-stander for someone who is
experiencing peer pressure?
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Candy
Paper plate
Pen
Paper
Group Activity (15 minutes)
1. Before you start this activity, assign two members to “Peer Pressure” the rest of
the group to eat their candy. The rest of the members should not know the two
members have been assigned a task.
2. Pass a plate out to each member and place four pieces of candy on their plate.
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(BGCA).
3. Tell the teens that you have to run out of the room for a few moments but ask
them not to eat their candy.
4. After a few moments enter back into the room and facilitate the following
conversation.
â—‹ Did anyone eat their candy?
â—‹ How did that activity make them feel?
â—‹ Did you feel pressured to make a decision that was different from what
you initially intended to do?
â—‹ Did you feel better about eating your candy after someone else did it first?
○ How about for the people who didn’t eat the candy? Was it hard?
â—‹ Did you question your decision?
Group Discussion: Take time to discuss the following questions with your members (15
minutes)
● What is peer pressure?
● What are some examples of when someone might experience peer pressure?
● Watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgK4YegtD3g
Design Thinking Challenge: Peer Pressure
1. Your member’s challenge is to design a way for someone to be up-standers for
people who are experiencing peer pressure?
2. Have members get into pairs and ask them to come up with a need statement for
their design challenge. (5 minutes)
____(People/teens)_____ needs __________ because/in order to_________.
Example: Teens need a way to gain confidence in order to stand up for others.
3. Have your members brainstorm 25 different ideas to meet the needs of their
needs statement. Give members a piece of paper and a pen so they can take
notes/sketch while they brainstorm together. (10 minutes)
4. Have students make a prototype of their best idea. (20 minutes)
5. Have members share their solutions with their peers. Have them take turns
providing and capturing each other’s feedback. Use the format of I like, I wish, I
wonder to provide clear and helpful feedback. (15 minutes per person)
Wrap-up Discussion: Take time to discuss the following questions with your
group of members. (10 minutes)
● Do you feel better prepared to stand up for others who are experiencing peer
pressure?
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(BGCA).
● Do you feel confident in your ability to say “No” if you experienced peer
pressure?
● What are a few things you could say to someone who is peer pressuring you or
others?
Essential Question for Module: How might we redesign the drug prevention advertisements in
a modern, accurate, and relevant context?
Materials needed
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Posterboard
Markers
Pen
Paper
Group Discussion: Take time to discuss the following questions with your members (15
minutes)
● Watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FtNm9CgA6U
● What is your initial reaction to the video?
● Do you think this is an effective advertisement that will steer teens away from
using drugs?
● Read this article about scare tactics:
https://www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/mentalhealth/documents/Scare%20Tactics%2
0Brief.pdf
● What is your biggest takeaway from this article?
Design Thinking Challenge: Prevention
1. Your member’s challenge is to redesign the “This is your brain on Drugs”
advertisement in a modern, accurate, and relevant context?
2. Have your members get into small groups and give them time to research
different drug prevention campaigns.
3. Have each group come up with a need statement for their design challenge. (10
minutes)
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(BGCA).
____(drug prevention advertisements)_____ need __________ because/in
order to_________.
Examples: Drug prevention advertisements need to focus on support and
community in order to be effective.
4. Have your members brainstorm 25 different ideas to meet the needs of their
needs statement. Give members a piece of paper and a pen so they can take
notes/sketch while they brainstorm together. (10 minutes)
5. Have students make a prototype of their best idea. For this lesson plan. The
prototype should be a prevention poster. (20 minutes)
6. Have members share their prototypes with their peers. As a group, provide clear
and helpful feedback. (20 minutes)
*Suggestion: You can have your members hang their posters around The Club,
their school, or their community.
Wrap-up Discussion: Take time to discuss the following questions with your
group of members. (15 minutes)
● What did you learn from this activity?
● Now that you have created a drug prevention advertisement, how have your
views on drug use changed?
● Do you think hanging your posters around The Club or your school campus will
have a positive impact?
Essential Question for Module: How might you build empathy among other BGC members for
people navigating addiction?
Materials needed
● Any prototyping materials you have available
â—‹ Examples:
â–  Markers
â–  Paper
â–  Straws
â–  String
â–  Pipe cleaners
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(BGCA).
â–  Cardboard
● Pen
● Paper
Group Discussion: Take time to discuss the following questions with your members (20
minutes)
● What is substance abuse?
● How does substance abuse start?
● Watch this video to learn more:

● What is your reaction to the video?
● Watch this read this article to learn about a personal story of addiction and
empathy:
https://www.massmed.org/Physician_Health_Services/Helping_Yourself_and_Ot
hers/A_Personal_Story_of_Addiction/
Design Thinking Challenge: Support (30 mins)
1. Your member’s challenge is to build empathy among other BGC members for
people navigating addiction?
2. Read this article with your members to learn about the importance of empathy
when navigating addiction.
a. https://seacrestrecoverycenter.com/empathize-drug-addict-alcoholic/
3. Have each group come up with a need statement for their design challenge. (5
minutes)
____(BGC Members)_____ need a way to _(gain empathy)_________
because/in order to_________.
Examples: BGC members need a way to gain empathy for people navigating
addiction in order to encourage them in their journey to recovery.
4. Have your members brainstorm 25 different ideas to meet the needs of their
needs statement. Give members a piece of paper and a pen so they can take
notes/sketch while they brainstorm together.
5. Have students make a prototype of their best idea. For this lesson plan, an
example prototype could be a book of positive affirmations, a bracelet with a kind
message on it, a written note, etc.
6. Have members share their prototypes with their peers. As a group, provide clear
and helpful feedback.
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(BGCA).
Wrap-up Discussion: Take time to discuss the following questions with your
group of members. (10 minutes)
● What did you learn from this activity?
● How have your personal views changed in regards to people navigating
addiction?
● Why is empathy so important?
● What other situations/scenarios in life would benefit from using a more
empathetic approach.
Essential Question for Module: How might we create a 5 step plan for your peers who are
experiencing stress and triggers?
Materials needed
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Pen
Paper
Markers
Clipboards
Group Discussion: Take time to discuss the following questions with your members (15
minutes)
● What are the main reasons people turn to drugs?
● Read this article:

10 Reasons Why People Abuse Drugs

● What is your biggest takeaway from this article?
● Where could you seek support if you or someone you know is experiences one
or more of the examples provided in the article?
â—‹ Your mentors at the Boys & Girls Club
â—‹ School Counselor
â—‹ A trusted adult
â—‹ The Wellness Center (All participating Empowered Voices members have
access to the Wellness Center at BGCM. Phone number: 310-457-6801
ext 74141 Email: wellnessinfo@bgcmalibu.org
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(BGCA).
â—‹ Additional hotlines and resources:
https://bgcmalibu.org/hotlines-contact-details/
Design Thinking Challenge: Community & Resources
1. Your member’s challenge is to create a 5-step plan for their partner.
a. Each 5-step plan should include the following
i. A healthy coping skill
ii. A trusted adult that can speak to
iii. A hotline or a resource they can reach out to if needed
2. Have members get into pairs and take turns interviewing each other with the
following questions. Give members a piece of paper and a pen so they can take
notes/sketch while interviewing their partner. They can ask the following
questions to get them started. (10 minutes)
a. Have you experienced any of the examples or stressors and triggers
explained in the article? If so, which ones?
b. What other stressors are present in your lie?
c. Who do you talk to when you are feeling upset?
d. Do you feel like you are a part of a supportive community?
e. What is a healthy way you cope with stress?
f. What makes you feel calm and regulated?
g. Do you know where you can go or who you can talk to for additional
support?
3. Ask your members the following questions to help them reflect on their partners’
answers.
(5 minutes)
– What did you find out about your partners’ experiences?
– What stood out to you?
– What are you curious about?
4. Have each member come up with a need statement for their design challenge.
(10 minutes)
____(my partner)_____ needs __________ because/in order to_________.
Examples: My partner needs a 5-step plan that will outline people she can
confide in because when she is stressed or upset, she feels isolated.
5. Have your members brainstorm 25 different ideas to meet the needs of their
needs statement. Give members a piece of paper and a pen so they can take
notes/sketch while they brainstorm together. (10 minutes)
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(BGCA).
6. Have students make a prototype that includes their best ideas. For this lesson
plan. The prototype their 5-step plan should be displaced on a piece of paper.
Members can draw or write out their plans. (15 minutes)
7. Have members share their prototypes with their partners. Have members take
turns providing clear and helpful feedback to one another. (5 minutes per
person)
Wrap-up Discussion: Take time to discuss the following questions with your
group of members. (10 minutes)
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How did it feel to be open and vulnerable with your partner?
How do you feel about having a 5-step plan created just for you?
When and how will you implement this plan?
How can we be a support for our peers?
What are some things we can do at our Boys & Girls club to help build our sense
of community?
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