Founded in 1860, BGCA is one of the country’s most notable providers of youth after-school programs. The organization aims to enable young people to reach their maximum potential in order to become productive and responsible citizens of the country.
In following through with its mission, BGCA has come up with a number of innovative and age-appropriate programs across a range of interests, from sports to arts. Under the arts programs it offers a unique program called Lyricism 101.
Specially designed for teens from ages 13 to 18, Lyricism 101 recognizes the inherent power of literary arts that serve to amplify the powerful voices of the club's teenage members. During the program, teens discover ancient oral poetic traditions from around the globe. Moreover, they learn how to leverage hip-hop music and the culture of cipher through self-expression. In doing so, the program helps provide a safe space for teenagers to tell their stories.