High Yield Learning Activities

High Yeild Learning ActivitiesThe use of high-yield learning activities (HYLAs) – fun and academically challenging activities that increase scholastic performance – is an essential component of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Albany’s comprehensive educational enhancement strategy.

High-yield learning activities are an effective way to meet the needs of youth in different stages of development. In these activities, which can be incorporated into any program design, young people utilize skills, information, behavior and values needed for successful learning. High-yield learning activities are fun, inherently motivating to members and provide incentives for them to develop new skills in a variety of areas.

Because these activities can take place throughout the entire Club – in the learning center, in the computer room, on the basketball court, in the kitchen – any location becomes a place where members can engage in exciting activities. Examples of high-yield learning activities include:

  • Leisure reading (newspapers, magazines, and age-appropriate books)
  • Writing activities (newspaper articles, newsletters, journal entries, letters, poetry, short plays, skits, song lyrics)
  • Group discussions on topics such as current events, careers, health and fitness
  • Games that develop cognitive skills (i.e. Chess, Monopoly, Scrabble, Jeopardy)
  • Crossword puzzles
  • Logic problems
  • Science projects
  • Creating a comic book
  • Role-playing and improvisation

Developing high-yield learning activities takes a bit of creativity and time, but they can be any experience that encourages members to explore, develop, create and learn. Through participation in High Yield Learning Activities, youth will experience:

  • Improved attitude toward learning
  • Improved grades in school
  • Improved self-esteem
  • Daily opportunities to practice academic skills, such as reading and writing
  • Self-directed learning
  • Improved behavior