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Center of Transformation!
"Changing Our World...Changing Our Future"

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Welcome to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington's (BGCGW) Center of Transformation (CoT)!  We are investing in local and national, high-yield learning programs (in-person and virtual) that expose teen members to emerging global issues, such as global climate change and fosters youth development of 21st century life and leadership skills. In 2024, our program curriculum will explore global climate change by focusing on transportation and energy industries. We are excited to have 19 clubs and organizations and over 170 teens from across the country joining our CoT program this year.

CoT is a first-of-its-kind incubator for change, innovation, engagement, advocacy, and creative thinking. Currently in its second year, CoT promotes a pathway for social impact, with an emphasis on elevating the voices of black and brown youth from predominantly historically marginalized communities to champion the protection of our planet. 

The CoT mission is to raise Club youth’s awareness of climate change and other global issues, empowering youth to use advocacy to create a more just, responsible, equitable, and sustainable planet.

The CoT vision is to create a locally-designed, nationally-implemented program that provide youth with world-class opportunities to become global change agents and solution-focused leaders.


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The CoT Program Curriculum consists of a 10-week program for teens, ages 14-18 that can be implemented in-person or virtually. The program features interactive weekly sessions and special bonus virtual sessions. In 2024, the program will focus on global climate change in the Transportation and Energy industries.  Teen members will have opportunities to demonstrate and enhance their leadership development, decision-making, and critical thinking skills while raising their awareness of real-world challenges and potential solutions.

  • The 10-week program will focus on interactive and hands-on learning activities in 45-minute sessions one day per week. Teens will gain exposure to STEM, workforce readiness, diversity, equity, & inclusion, and advocacy.  

  • At the conclusion of the 10-week program, teen members will have an opportunity to participate in a CoT final project competition to showcase their increased awareness and knowledge.

  • Final project winners will be announced and invited to the CoT Summit in Washington, DC for a week of learning, advocacy, networking, a career fair, and world-class experiences unique to our nation’s capital.

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World Peace

Week 1

COT and Global Climate Change


Week 6

DEI: Environmental Injustices for Vulnerable Communities 


Week 2

STEM: Transportation

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Week 7

DEI: Solutions for Vulnerable Communities

Solar Panels on Roof

Week 3

STEM: Energy

Presenting in Class

Week 8

Advocacy: Skills and Techniques

Laboratory Scientist

Week 4

Workforce: Career Path Exploration


Week 9

Advocacy: Debate Competition

Accountant at Work

Week 5

Workforce: 21st Century Skills and Education Needed 

Visual Project

Week 10

Wrap Up: Final Project Instructions & Program Evaluation

Meet the
Center of Transformation Team


Dr. Minnie Annan

Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives

Center of Transformation initiative oversight, strategic planning and implementation.


Dr. Christie Murray

Director of Youth Engagement & Empowerment

Program curriculum development/implementation, CoT Summit and collaborative youth experiences.

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Diana Boyadjian

Director of External Affairs & Advocacy

Partnerships, funding opportunities, advocacy,  government relations, and stakeholder relations.

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