The Club provides national, evidence-based, diversified activities that meet the interests of all young people. Core programs encourage activities with adults, peers, and family members that enable kids to enhance self-esteem and fulfill their potential. Based on the physical, emotional, cultural, and social needs and interests of boys and girls, and recognizing developmental principles, the Club offers diversified program activities in five areas:
Character & Leadership Development
Helping youth become responsible, caring citizens and acquire skills for participating in the democratic process is the main thrust of these programs. They also develop leadership skills and provide opportunities for planning, decision-making, contributing to Club and community and celebrating our national heritage. One program example is Keystoning, which is the Boys & Girls Club Movement’s ultimate teen program. This unique leadership development experience provides opportunities for young people ages 14 to 18.
Education & Career Development
These programs help youth create aspirations for the future, providing opportunities for career exploration and educational enhancement. One program example is Project Learn, which reinforces the academic enrichment and school engagement of young people during the time they spend at the Club.
Health & Life Skills
These initiatives develop young people’s capacity to engage in positive behaviors that nurture their own well-being, set personal goals and live successfully as self-sufficient adults. A popular program in this area is The SMART Moves (Skills Mastery and Resistance Training). This prevention/education program addresses problems such as drug and alcohol use and premature sexual activity.
The Arts Programs
In this core area enable youth to develop their creativity and cultural awareness through knowledge and appreciation of the visual arts, crafts, performing arts and creative writing. This year-round program encourages artistic expression among Club members ages 5 to 18 through drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, mixed media and sculpture displayed at local and regional exhibits.
Sports, Fitness, & Recreation
These Club programs help develop fitness, a positive use of leisure time, reduction of stress, appreciation for the environment and social and interpersonal skills. This core area includes Triple Play, a comprehensive health and wellness program, strives to improve the overall health of Club members ages 5-18 by increasing their daily physical activity, teaching them good nutrition and helping them develop healthy relationships.
Location: Jacksonville, Florida, USA