How We Change Lives

Our children and teens who need us most receive knowledge that will impact them, guided with regular attendance & targeted programs.


Boys & Girls Clubs believe in the possibility of GREAT FUTURES for all children.  Great Futures happen with  educated young people of good character who know how to make good, healthy decisions.  Boys & Girls Clubs focus on programs to help youth achieve Academic Success, practice Good Character and Citizenship, and live Healthy Lifestyles.  All programs are developed, tested and audited by Boys & Girls Clubs of America and customized by our staff to meet the needs of the young people we serve. Additionally, Club programs utilize a youth development strategy that infuses a sense of belonging, competence, usefulness, and influence into each young person. 

Academic Success: We want every Boys & Girls Club member to do well in school, ultimately graduating from high school on time with a plan for their future. 

Career Launch – designed for ages 13-18, to assess their skills and interests, explore careers, make sound educational decisions and prepare to join our nation's ever-changing work force. 
Club Tech – equips Club members with the basic and advanced technological skills needed to excel in school and the job market.
Digital Arts Suite and Festivals – contains Web Tech, Design Tech, Photo Tech, Music Tech, and Movie Tech to teach members web design, graphic design, photo illustration, music composition and movie making.
Diplomas to Degrees – A comprehensive program for ages 13-18 that provides structured activities to guide the planning and preparation for college or higher education. This exciting program assesses readiness of Club members, helps them explore areas of interest and potential career fields, assists in establishing goals, and helps Club members prepare future plans.
Fine Arts – encourages artistic expression among Club members, ages 6-18, through drawing, painting, print making, creating collages, mixed media and sculpture displayed at the Boys & Girls Clubs yearly art exhibit with a chance to advance to the regional and national exhibit.
Money Matters – targeted to teen members, aims to increase members’ knowledge of money management while developing skills needed for a lifetime of financial independence. Money Matters utilizes appealing and interactive activities to engage members, and enable them to learn by gaining real-life experience and practice through simulated exercises, programs, and events. Participants learn how to open a checking account, budget, save and invest, as well as learning about small businesses, paying for college and investing for retirement.
Power Hour – an engaging, homework help and tutoring program that encourages Club members, ages 6-18, to become self-directed learners.  Power Hour is run 5 days a week at all Club sites.  
Project Learn – reinforces and enhances the skills and knowledge young people learn at school through high yield learning activities at the Club.  In the absence of homework, all Club members are engaged in other education activities, including reading, practice worksheets, spelling bees, Book Club, and participation utilizing Kid’s College computer software that is designed to improve academic skills and state test performance for grades 1st-8th.
Skill Tech – a basic computer program that develops Club members’ proficiency with word processing, spreadsheets and other productivity software through fun, hands-on, engaging lessons and projects for all age groups. 

Good Character and Citizenship:  Our young people are the future and helping to build tomorrow's leaders is a priority. 

Junior Staff – a comprehensive, career development, small-group program that assists Club members ages 15 -18 in exploring a career in youth development or human services, particularly Boys & Girls Club work. 
Keystone Club – a chartered leadership and service club for boys and girls, ages 14-18.  Keystoners elect officers and plan and implement their own activities in six areas:  service to Club and community, leadership development, education and career exploration, unity, free enterprise and social recreation.  
Torch Club – a chartered small-group leadership and service club for boys and girls, ages 11-12.  Torch Club is a powerful vehicle through which Club staff can help meet the special needs of younger adolescents at a critical stage in their development.  Torch Club members learn to elect officers and work together to plan and implement activities in four areas:  service to Club and community, education, health and fitness, and social recreation.  
Youth for Unity – is a diversity education program designed to combat prejudice, bigotry and discrimination. Youth for Unity is the umbrella title for a comprehensive set of programmatic interventions that will allow Clubs to help members appreciate and understand our society's diversity, recognize unfairness and take personal leadership in confronting bias.
Youth of the Year – is the Clubs’ premier youth recognition program which promotes and celebrates Club members’ service to school, the Club, the community and family. 

Healthy Lifestyles:  Young people need to know how to make healthy decisions so they can grow up to BE GREAT!

Date Smart – is a supplement to SMART Girls and Passport to Manhood, and an exciting new resource for Club members ages 13 to 18. Through fun and easy-to-use sessions, members learn how to achieve mutually supportive relationships free of violence and abuse. The program also encourages youth to become community advocates for relationships that promote equality and respect, while combating the attitudes and behaviors that lead to sexual and domestic violence.
Healthy Habits – designed for ages 6 to 18, the program aims to incorporate healthy living and active learning in every part of the Club experience. Healthy Habits, which is also the "Mind" component of Triple Play: A Game for the Mind, Body and Soul, emphasizes good nutrition, regular physical activity and improving overall well-being. 
NetSmartz – a comprehensive program from BGCA and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, teaches members Internet safety skills through engaging multimedia activities and offline interaction with Club professionals, in three age-appropriate modules: Clicky’s Web World for 6- to 7-year-olds, NetSmartz Rules for 8- to 12-year-olds and I-360 for 13- to 18-year-olds.
Passport to Manhood – promotes and teaches responsibility for Club boys ages 11-14 through sessions which concentrate on a specific aspect of manhood through highly interactive activities.  Each Club member who participates in this program is issued a “passport” to underscore the notion that he is on a personal journey of maturation and growth.
SMART Girls – for girls ages 8-12 and 13-17, a small group program designed to enhance emotional well-being, promote positive body image, and increase self-esteem that teaches young women to critically analyze the world around them.  Through highly participatory dynamic sessions, Club girls explore their own and societal attitudes and values as they build skills for eating right, staying physically fit, getting good health care and developing positive relationships with peers and adults.
SMART Moves – a drug, alcohol and tobacco prevention program that features engaging, interactive, small group activities that increase participants’ peer support, enhance their life skills, build their resiliency and strengthen their leadership skills.  The complete program package includes: SMART Kids (ages 6-9), Start SMART (ages 10-12) and Stay SMART (ages 13-15). Street SMART educates pre-adolescents (ages 11-13) about the destructive lifestyle of gangs, avoiding conflict and developing resistance and refusal skills.  
SMART Leaders – SMART Leaders is a booster program to SMART Moves. This program keeps teens, ages 14-18, involved in the SMART Moves program after Stay SMART, reinforces skills and knowledge youth learned in SMART Moves, and prepares teens as leaders to help their peers resist using alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, and aims at postponing sexual activity.
Triple Play Body – offering a variety of sports activities to introduce physical play while encouraging active lifestyles, skills for stress management, appreciation for the environment, improved social skills, and teamwork.
Triple Play Soul – organized activities offering a wide variety of games and activities to encourage participation, expand option of play, and teach sportsmanship.







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