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Proven Success

A Tested Formula for Impact

Boys & Girls Clubs take the young people who need us most and provide them the best possible outcome-driven Club experience, they will achieve outcomes that will enable them to be academically successful, demonstrate good character and citizenship, and live healthy lifestyles.

The outcome-driven Club experience is comprised of:

  • Five Key Elements for positive youth development: safety, sense of belonging, supportive relationships, opportunities and recognition
  • High Yield Activities
  • Targeted Programs
  • Regular Attendance

Areas of Focus

Three Priority Outcome Areas

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: Graduate on time, motivated to learn, with a plan to succeed in today's modern workforce.
  • Good Character and Citizenship: Develop strong character and take actions that make a difference in the community.
  • Healthy Lifestyles: Make healthy lifestyle choices resulting in social, emotional and physical well-being.

Our Programs

Academic Success

Allows Club members to express themselves in musical, creative ways. Club members develop musical skills that are fun, build confidence and might even lead to careers in the performing arts.

A new program that intentionally includes proven youth development practices and creative activities that build and expand the literary skills of our teens, while exposing them to the art of hip hop, particularly cipher culture.

A drama education program for Clubs to raise awareness about the benefits of drama education.

Encourages artistic expression among Club members through drawing, painting, print making, collage, mixed media and sculpture displayed at local and regional exhibits.

MyFuture is a mobile-friendly social platform with access to over 125 Boys & Girls Club program activities in areas such as STEM, leadership and the arts. WIth MyFuture, kids and teens can learn new skills, connect with their friends, and earn recognition and rewards in a safe and fun online environment.

Online learning system that is designed to improve academic skills and state test performance for grades 1st - 8th. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Healthy Lifestyles

Is a program under the Healthy Habits umbrella, where Club members learn how to create healthy foods and snacks. 

Organized activities offering a wide variety of games and activities to encourage participation, expand option of play, and teach sportsmanship.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Good Character and Citizenship

Encourages good character and appreciation for citizenship and provides every Club member with opportunities to serve in year-round Club and community based volunteer service experiences. BGCA encourages Clubs and provides resources to help them engage every member in at lest one hour of service each year.

The Clubs’ premier youth recognition program which promotes and celebrates Club members’ service to school, the Club, the community and family.

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.

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.