Youth Programs

EDUCATION & CAREER DEVELOPMENT

Enables youth to become proficient in basic educational disciplines & apply learning to everyday situations.

Power Hour – Making Minutes Count helps Club members ages 6-18 achieve academic success by providing homework help, tutoring and high-yield learning activities and encouraging members to become self-directed learners.


Goals for Graduation
– Encourages & motivates members to set & achieve educational and academic goals.

Cultural Awareness Month – A whole month is dedicated to educating members on diversity, which focuses on the history, art, food and traditions of each culture.

Spelling Bees – conducted at each site annually.

College Bound Kids
  The “College Bound Culture” is created throughout the Club by displaying information on bulletin boards with interactive activities, weekly quizzes, motivational slogans throughout the rooms and staff wearing college apparel once a week. Weekly activities are implemented to help members think about different careers and develop an appreciation for education through high school and beyond.

Click here to learn more about our College Bound program.

 

Summer Brain Gain - Summer learning loss has a devastating effect on America's kids, especially those who don't participate in enriching summer activities. The summer program includes a fun, interactive learning program to keep our kids thinking!

 

STEM

STEM programming is offered at all of our sites and closes the opportunity gap in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) with innovative and creative programs and activities for youth. After-school and summer learning environments provide unique opportunities to advance STEM knowledge and increase interest in STEM-related careers.

NASA’s BEST (Beginning Engineering Science and Technology) k-8 is curriculum that inspires student interest in STEM by leveraging NASA Missions. The program emphasizes the pedagogy associated with the Engineering Design Process, in order to apply it as a problem solving tool in a teamwork environment. The program is series of nine missions/activities that focus on engineering design, process and measurement. The program engages students in the NASA mission, Rockets, Rovers, Robots and Living in Space while teaching disciplined thinking, teamwork, measurement and data analysis and presentation.

Science Explorer teaches youth about everyday phenomena through a set of experiments and lesson plans. Using ordinary materials, youth develop skills such as measuring, classifying, predicting,experimenting, and forming hypotheses. Life science and environmental science are also introduced.

Botany Club – Students learn about environmental impact by growing and caring for different plants, learning about various ecosystems and the effect of various factors on the homeostasis of an environment. Students will learn about seed germination, photosynthesis, and environmental factors like humidity, temperature, and light level, noise and air quality. Program begins with recycling drive to collect plastic bottles to build a greenhouse.

Ultimate Journey – This environmental education program introduces Club members to the world of nature and life science. Youth will gain a better understanding of why our interactions with our environment have a tremendous impact on the natural world today and for the future

SPORTS AND RECREATION

Develops fitness, positive use of leisure time, stress management & social interpersonal skills.


Triple Play

Triple Play, is a comprehensive health and wellness initiative, strives to improve the overall health of members, ages 6-18, by increasing their daily physical activity, teaching them good nutrition and helping them develop healthy relationships.

 

Mind

Healthy Habits is the "Mind" component of the Triple Play program. The Healthy Habits curricula is designed to teach young people about the benefits of developing healthy habits such as eating smart and being physically active; equip young people with skills to adopt healthier habits by participating in fun and engaging learning activities both at the Club and at home; and encourage young people to take small steps toward positive behavior changes.

 

 

Body

 

The "Body" component of Triple Play promotes becoming more physically active through fun daily fitness routines.

Curricula/programs include Daily Challenges and Triple Play Leadership Clubs (formerly Sports Clubs). These resources encourage youth to become more physically active through fun fitness routines. Triple Play Leadership Clubs infuse small-group leadership and service into active play.


1. Yoga is offered at the main clubhouse by trainers from YogaWorks.

2. Athletics is offered at all sites as kids learn the fundamentals of various sports.

Daily Exercise is part of the daily activity where kids are encouraged to participate in at least 20 minutes of exercise every day

 

 

 

Soul

 

The "Soul" component of the Triple Play program encompasses the social recreation activities that are critical to positive youth development. This includes strengthening interpersonal skills, positive behavior and good character through social recreation programs.

 

CHARACTER AND LEADERSHIP

Empowers Youth To Support & Influence Their Club & Community, Develop A Positive Self-Image And Sustain Meaningful Relationships.


Torch Club
is leadership development for members ages 11-14. Members plan and participate in community service projects. A Torch Club is a powerful vehicle through which Club staff can help meet the special character development needs of younger adolescents at a critical stage in their development. Torch Club members learn to elect officers and work together to implement activities in four areas: service to Club and community, education, health and fitness and social recreation. At the elementary schools the Torch Clubs are the leaders at their sites and help staff plan and implement fun activities and projects for the rest of the members.


Youth of the Month
is an opportunity for students to shine. Each month one boy and one girl at each site are chosen by staff to be highlighted for their positive attributes and participation.


Youth of the Year
is one member selected from each site who has shown consistent leadership and positive character through the year. Each year the Club recognizes all the kids at the Annual Youth of the Year Luncheon where all of the Club’s board members, donors and community leaders attend to celebrate our youth.

HEALTH AND LIFE SKILLS

Develops members’ capacity to engage in positive behaviors that nurture their well-being.


SMART Girls
is a small-group health, fitness, prevention/education and self-esteem enhancement program designed to meet the developmental needs of girls in three age groups. Through dynamic sessions, highly participatory activities, field trips and mentoring opportunities with adult women, 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.

Passport to Manhood promotes and teaches responsibility in Club boys ages 8-17. 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 men in discussions activities that reinforce positive behavior.

 

THE ARTS

Enables Youth To Develop Their Creativity And Cultural Awareness.


DramaMatter's
is an afterschool drama program developed by TNT that introduces youth to the are of stagecraft and performance. *The program is* intended to make the drama more inclusive to all members – regardless of their interest in performance or acting. The program includes many different ways for members to express themselves creatively, from costumes to set design and directing.


National Fine Arts Program
 – Members have the opportunity to participate in Fine Arts Programs at the Club. BGCA’s National Fine Arts program is an ongoing program of 60-minute sessions to be implemented multiple  times per week. Students learn different mediums and techniques and continuously build on these skills and learn about art history with every project. Students also have the opportunity to enter their work to the annual National Arts Contest and showcase it at our local Arts Festival.


Visual Arts
– the Club provides the following art classes: Drawing, Painting, Graffiti Art and Art history. The fine art programs also teach the kids about cultural diversity and appreciation as they participate in cultural events and lessons.


Dance
– The Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley has just partnered up with the Outkast Academy, a premier dance program that offers dance classes and mentorship to youth. Outkast academy takes students through the "process of discovering their passion, identifying who they are as a dancer, and embracing their craft. Through our no-judgment culture we provide technique, body conditioning, and performance training for all levels, transforming even those who come in with little to no dance experience into confident, passionate, and powerful dancers".

Imagemakers Program “The goal of the National Photography Program and Imagemakers National Photography Contest is to enable youth to develop their creativity and cultural awareness through the appreciation of photography. The program and contest provide children with the opportunity to express themselves creatively, build confidence, learn new skills and showcase the artwork of Club members to the community”.


School of Rock
 – Students can take music lessons on guitar, bass, drums, or piano and learn how to perform in a rock band with other members.


Annual Art Exhibit
– Every year members display their art at the exhibit and pieces are voted on to select the pieces that are entered into the BGCA National Art and Photography Exhibit.