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Core Programs

Every day after school and all day in the summer, Club members go to their local Boys & Girls Club to participate in a variety of fun activities. Instead of hanging out on the streets, kids come to the Club and interact with their peers and adult mentors. The goals at the Club are to engage youth in a positive, safe, and enriching environment. We focus on five core program areas that help youth develop a positive self identity, educational competencies, and values enabling them to develop positive relationships with others. Youth with these attributes can become responsible citizens and leaders who make meaningful contributions and live successful lives.

The Arts

The Arts Core Program enables youth to develop creativity and visual awareness through knowledge and appreciation of visual and tactile arts and crafts, performing arts, and photography. Programs include:
  • National Fine Arts Contest/Art Show
  • National Photography Contest
  • Creative Writing
  • Poetry and Performing Arts

Character and Leadership

The Character and Leadership Development Core Program empowers youth to support and influence their Club and community, sustain meaningful relationships with others, develop a positive self-image, participate in the democratic process, and respect their own and others cultural identities. Programs include:
  • Youth of the Year – Recognizes teens for their community service, family values, academic performance, and spiritual values.
  • Keystone Club – Emphasizes service to the Clubs, community leadership development, unity, free enterprise, education ,social recreation, and career exploration.
  • Torch Club – Offers classes for middle school students that focus on leadership and community service.
  • Community Service – Offers teens volunteer opportunities to serve others.

Education and Career Development

Through the Education and Career Development Core Program we're helping youth become proficient in basic educational disciplines, apply learning to everyday situations, and promote future career success. Youth development professionals and volunteers are 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. Programs include:
  • Power Hour – This 60-minute daily period focuses on homework and educational enhancement activities.
  • Goals For Graduation – Using various activities, middle and high schoolers explore the concept of academic goal setting.

Health and Life Skills

The Health and Life Skills programs encourage young people to engage in positive behaviors that nurture their own well-being and set personal goals for the future. Programs include:
  • Street SMART – Counteracts the lure of gangs, violence, and “street” influences on students during the impressionable middle and high school years.
  • SMART Girls – Health, fitness, prevention/education, and self-esteem enhancement program especially for girls.
  • SMART Moves – Award-winning prevention program focusing on saying no to drugs, alcohol, tobacco, and pregnancy.
  • Act Smart – HIV/AIDS prevention program designed for members in collaboration with the American Red Cross.


These Club programs help develop fitness, a positive use of leisure time, reduction of stress, appreciation for the environment, and social and interpersonal skills. Programs include:
  • Falcons Fitness Zone
  • Triple Play
  • Athletic Leagues