Youth of the Year
Local Clubs recognize Youth of the Month and select a Youth of the Year, who then participates in state and national competitions.
Project Learn reinforces and enhances the skills and knowledge young people learn at school during the hours they spend at the Club. The program is based on Dr. Reginald Clark’s research showing that students do much better in school when they spend their non-school hours engaged in fun, but academically beneficial activities. Through Project Learn, Club staff use all the areas and programs in the Club to create opportunities for these “high-yield learning activities,” which include leisure reading, writing activities, discussions with knowledgeable adults, helping others, homework help and tutoring and games like Scrabble that develop young people’s cognitive skills.
This is an easy-to-use program for Club teens ages 13 to 18. Through participation in Junior Staff, teens will develop interpersonal skills, a strong work ethic and a sense of community engagement while experiencing on-the-job Club work.
Money Matters promotes financial responsibility and independence among Club members by building their basic money management skills.
This fun and exciting program prepares teens for the working world. Club teens who are 13-18 years old embark on a journey to explore careers, make sound educational decisions and find success in the world of work.
SMART (Skills Mastery and Resistance Training)
This nationally acclaimed comprehensive prevention program helps young people resist alcohol, tobacco and other drug use. The program features engaging, interactive small group activities designed to increase peer support, enhance life skills, build resiliency and strengthen leadership skills. This year-round program encourages collaborations among Club staff, youth parents and representatives from other community organizations. The program’s components include: SMART KIDS, for children ages 6-9; START SMART, for youth ages 10-12; STAY SMART, for youth ages 13-15; SMART LEADERS
An outgrowth of the popular and effective SMART Moves program, SMART Girls is a health, fitness, prevention/education and self-esteem enhancement program for girls ages 10-15. The program is designed to encourage healthy attitudes and lifestyles that will enable early adolescent girls to develop to their full potential.
Passport to Manhood
Passport to Manhood promotes and teaches responsibility in Club boys ages 11-14. Passport to Manhood consists of 14 sessions, each of which concentrates on a specific aspect of manhood through highly interactive activities. Each Club participant receives his own “passport” to underscore the notion that he is on a personal journey of maturation and growth. Passport to Manhood represents a targeted effort to engage young boys in discussions and activities that reinforce positive behavior.
Programs in this area enable youth to develop their creativity and cultural awareness through knowledge and appreciation of the visual arts, crafts, performing arts and creative writing.
Image Makers National Photography Contest
This year-round program encourages Club members ages 6-18 to learn and practice black-and-white, color, digital and alternative process photography. Club members’ photographs are displayed at local and regional exhibits and maybe selected to be exhibited national at the BGCA National Conference and at other events and venues.
Triple Play: A Game Plan for Mind, Body and Soul
This national program takes a holistic approach to educating boys and girls about good nutrition, making physical fitness a daily practice and developing individual strengths and good character. In addition to components for the mind and body, the Triple Play program gets at the soul of the Club experience – the gameroom.
Club members learn about team building and can enhance their own athletic skills through various sports. We give kids a chance to compete in basketball, volleyball, flag football, tackle football, cheer, judo and boxing.
Young members become exposed to a variety of environments and activities outside their own neighborhoods. Our Clubs offer trips to nature centers, museums, zoos, professional sporting events, circuses, amusement parks, skating rinks, restaurants and plays. Supervised by adults, these field trips help open members’ to new opportunities and experiences.