Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Club

2950 W. Washington St., Chicago, IL 60612

Hours of Operation

School Year Hours:
Monday-Friday, 2:30-8:00 PM

Diplomas to Degrees Motivates Teens to Graduate

January 10, 2013 04:14 PM
Volunteers from Toyota engage teens in a college prep activity.
Volunteers from Toyota Financial Services visited with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boys & Girls Club teen members as part of its ongoing and generous support of Diplomas to Degrees (d2D), a new college readiness program that provides a range of services to guide Club members as they work toward high school graduation and prepare for post-secondary education and career success.  
This program is offered twice a week for teen members between the ages of 13-18 years old.  Wednesday sessions are held for 13- and 14-year-old Club members from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Thursdays from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. for the 15-18 year-old Club members. Toyota volunteers are invited and encouraged to participate and serve as mentors to teen students. Club staff run high-yield activities and engage teens with a Teen College Guide that includes tips on achieving academic success and planning for post-secondary education.
This program has been made possible through the generous support of Toyota Financial Services, Darden Restaurants and BGCA.  The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Club was chosen by Toyota and Boys & Girls Clubs of America because of the successful partnership and previous pilot programs implemented at the Club. By collaboratively developing the new "Diplomas to Degrees" curriculum, more than 20,000 teens at Boys & Girls Clubs throughout the country will have access to educational tools and resources to help them graduate from high school -- and pursue post secondary education -– over the next five years.