These programs empower members to positively influence their Club and community, sustain meaningful relationships with others, and develop self-esteem. The Keystone and Torch Clubs, in which members elect officers and plan and implement their own activities and community service projects, help young people learn about decision making, understanding democratic processes, and contributing to both their Club and community. Our year-long Youth of the Year leadership and recognition program encourages scholarship and develops public speaking skills, both critical for future success.
Education & Career Development
Boys & Girls Clubs help youth become proficient in basic educational disciplines, apply learning to everyday situations, and promote future career success. Each Club is dedicated to helping members improve their study habits, do well in school, and make good life choices. The POWER HOUR program offers members after school homework help and tutoring. Additional educational programs are offered to help build reading proficiency, reduce “summer set-back,” and prepare for college applications and enrollment. Standards are set high, and peer support among members creates an atmosphere focused on excelling.
Health & Life Skills
These programs encourage young people to engage in positive behaviors that nurture their own well-being and set personal goals for the future. Members participate in programs that reinforce healthy living such as SMART Moves, a drug, alcohol, and tobacco prevention program, gender-specific programming, pregnancy prevention programs, and diversity education. Special events that include screenings, health presentations, and financial literacy conferences are another key component of this program area.
Art programming allows young people to develop creativity and cultural awareness through knowledge and appreciation of visual arts and crafts, performing arts, and creative writing. These activities foster self-expression and help develop appreciation of other cultures.
Sports, Fitness & Recreation
Club members develop fitness, positive use of leisure time, skills for stress management, appreciation for the environment, and social skills through sports, fitness, and recreation programs. Young people learn teamwork and physical fitness through organized athletic leagues and a variety of low-organized sports and games in the gymnasium.
Our technology programs help develop young people’s technical skills to provide them with a competitive edge among their peers and prepare them for future success. All members complete an internet safety program annually, in which they learn the responsible use of technology and avoiding online risks. These programs are continuing to expand and include project-based learning techniques to better equip Club members with skills for the 21st century workplace. Members can build their proficiency to levels that affords them the chance to serve as tutors for other members.