In 2015, Raytheon joined Boys & Girls Clubs of America as a Great Futures partner to establish Centers of Innovation at BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations that serve high concentrations of military families.

Students who use the Centers of Innovation will work with dedicated Boys & Girls Club STEM staff and Raytheon employee mentors to develop their skills and critical thinking using real-world applications for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The Centers will provide an inspiring backdrop for programming that focuses on creative approaches to STEM.

BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on military installations aim to bring consistency and continuity to the lives of military children. On average, military families move six to nine times before their children graduate high school – about three times more often than civilian families. The Club atmosphere provides continuity for military kids, whether living on or off a military base. Through creative projects and evidence-based programming, students enhance their understanding of STEM, strengthening skills in preparation for college, military and civilian careers. Centers of Innovation will shape the leaders of tomorrow, confident in their ability to solve social challenges, and poised with the skills needed to succeed and make an impact on their community.

In its 2012 Philanthropy 400 report, The Chronicle of Philanthropy placed Boys & Girls Clubs of America in the No. 1 position among youth organizations for the 19th consecutive year.
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