The Earhart Club is an after-school program for boys that meets once a week for eight weeks. The sessions are two hours long, typically from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, with dinner provided at the beginning of each session for all participants.
Each group participating in the program consists of 20 boys and their fathers or another male adult or guardian (the boys’ grown ups). The sessions are run by volunteers from the program.
Every week the sessions revolve around a theme: trust, style, voice, values, storytelling, self-discovery, and leadership, with a celebration of the end of the program in the last week.
Each session is structured in different blocks:
Each session will feature a different man of significant influence who has lifted the world, by first finding and then pursuing their passion. From Walt Disney to Usain Bolt to Martin Luther King Jr., we will share some incredible examples for our boys to follow. A brief biography leads to a facilitated discussion about the man of the day.
Each week, the boys will write a note to their grown-ups and the grown-ups will write a letter to their boys that will be sent in the mail. This act of purposefully writing a note, mailing it and having it arrive at home a few days later, helps build a bond of understanding between grown-up and son.
Every week there is an activity related to the theme of the week. The objective is not to get the activity or game right, but to start a process of reflection and discovery, encouraging the girls to use their voice and respect that of the others. Each activity has a lesson associated with it that the girls will discover while doing the activity and then discussing it with their group.
Each session concludes with the reinforcement of the importance of having conversations at home and with trusted adults. Boys will be asked to think about what they would like to talk about that week, and grown-ups will be reminded to make sure they create inviting moments and spaces to have those conversations.
"Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It’s about the voice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen "