The goal of Power Hour: Making Minutes Count is to help young people to develop academic, behavioral, and social skills through homework completion because it is a critical component of academic success. The Power Hour: Making Minutes Count program, for ages 6-18, sponsored by the JCPenney Afterschool Fund, is currently under revision and will be released to Clubs in July 2013. This resource will provide Club professionals with strategies, activities, resources, and information to create a homework help and tutoring program that engages Club members. Power Hour addresses the following.

  • Conducting engaging, beneficial homework help programs for club members ages 6-12 and 13-18
  • Conducting a beneficial, one-to-one tutoring program for all ages
  • Research strategies for teens
  • Strategies to make homework fun
  • Recognition and incentive strategies, tips for tracking progress and a new tracking poster
  • Behavior management during Power Hour
  • Volunteer recruitment and training
  • Collaboration with outside institutions
  • Scheduling considerations
  • Philosophy and purpose of homework help in a Boys and Girls Club
  • Character development through homework completion
  • Homework help and tutoring with hard-to-reach youth
  • Use of technology and the Internet to support homework help and tutoring
  • Supplemental activities
  • Sample funding proposals
  • Other free or low-cost resources
  • Promising Club practices