Character and Leadership Programs
Helping youth become responsible, caring citizens to support and influence their Club and Community. They Create meaningful relationships with others, develop a positive self-image and good character, participate in the democratic process and show respect for the cultural heritage of themselves and others.
Youth of the Year
Established in 1947, Youth of the Year is Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s premier recognition program for Club members, promoting service to the Club, community and family, academic success, strong marl character, life goals, poise and the public speaking ability. The program is most effective when used as a year-round tool for fostering your people’s character, personal growth and leadership qualities.
Local clubs recognize members ages 14-18 as Youth of the Month winners and select a Youth of the Year, who then participates in state competitions. State winners each receive a $1,000 scholarship and participate in regional competitions. Five regional winners each receive a $10,000 scholarship and compete on the national level. The National Youth of the Year received an additional scholarship up to $50,000, and is installed by the President of the United States.
Keystoning is the Boys & Girls Club Movement’s most dynamic teen program. It affords teens an opportunity to gain valuable leadership and service experience. They conduct activities in three areas: academic success, career exploration and community service. The Taco Bell Foundation for Teens sponsors the Keystone Club program as part of a multi-year teen initiative; a strategic partnership between the Foundation and BGCA provides Clubs with the tools and resources to create a positive place for teens as well as for kids.
Education & Career Programs
These programs help youth create aspirations for the future, providing opportunities for career exploration and educational enhancement. Youth become proficient in basic educational disciplines, set goals, explore careers, prepare for employment and embrace technology to achieve success in a career.
Project Learn reinforces and enhances the skills and knowledge young people learn at school during the hours they spend at the Club. This comprehensive program strategy 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. Project Learn also emphasizes parent involvement and collaboration between Club and school professionals as critical factors in creating the best after-school learning environment for Club members ages 6-18. Extensively field-tested and formally evaluated by Columbia University with funding from Carnegie Corporation of New York, Project Learn has been proven to boost the academic performance of Club members.
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. Printed program materials include a resource guide for program coordinators, homework helpers and tutors and a poster-sized Power Points chart for tracking and rewarding participants’ progress.
Summer Brain Game
Summer learning loss has a devastating effect on America’s kids, especially those who don’t participate in enriching summer activities. That’s why Boys & Girls Clubs of America is pleased to present Summer Brain Gain – a fun, interactive learning program designed for summer in the Club!
Health and Life Skills Programs
Health and Life Skills Programs This area develops 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.
The SMART (Skills Mastery and Resistance Training) Moves program is a nationally acclaimed prevention program originally developed in the 1980s with help from prevention specialists and Clubs around the country. Newly revised in 2011, the program incorporates the latest information and approaches that BGCA has learned about effective prevention. Participants will be exposed to various activities designed to hone their decision-making and critical-thinking skills, as well as learn how to avoid and/or resist forms of peer pressure that can lead to bad or dangerous habits.
Fine Arts Exhibit
This year-round program encourages artistic expression among Club members ages 6-18 through drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, mixed media and sculpture while providing opportunities for members to create artwork for display in a local exhibit. Up to 37 pieces of art (one piece per age group/category and one for the Group Project category) are selected from a Club’s local exhibit and sent to one of seven regional judging events and exhibits. At each regional judging, 37 pieces of artwork are chosen and sent to BGCA National Headquarters for judging and selection for the National Fine Arts Exhibit. The artwork is displayed throughout the ensuing year at BGCA events, including the National Conference.
Club members can submit their digital artwork to the annual Digital Arts Festivals competitions. The festivals celebrate Club members’ creativity in six areas – graphic design, photo illustration, music composition, game design, claymation & live – action and movie making – and provide Club members with recognition at the local, regional and national levels. Comcast, Sony Electronics and Cartoon Network sponsor the Digital Arts Festivals.
For more than 50 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America has celebrated the accomplishments of Club youth as they learn the art and science of photography. After local and regional competitions, the ImageMakers National Photography Contest yields national winners in four categories: Culture & Tradition, Portraits, Surroundings, and Photo with Essay or Poem.
Sports, Fitness and Recreation Programs
These club programs help develop fitness, a positive use of leisure time, reduction of stress, appreciation for the environment and social and interpersonal skills.
Triple Play, BGCA’s 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. Since the Triple Play initiative was introduced in 2005, more than one million Club members have participated in fun fitness activities. The Triple Play initiative, sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company and the WellPoint Foundation, nurtures the minds, bodies and souls of Club members.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Coastal Carolina serves as fiscal agent and facilitates four juvenile services programs; the Carteret County Juvenile Restitution and Community Service Program, Structured Day Program, Teen Court, and the Craven County Juvenile Restitution Program. These four programs along with a wide array of juvenile agencies and community partners, work together to provide structured environments for youth 7 – 17 to get back on track after making poor decisions in school or in the community and to help restore Good Character and Citizenship by working to repair harm caused by disruptive behavior and or crime in the community.
Structured Day Program
The Structured Day Program (SDP) provides structured services for youth who are out-of-school suspended or youth deemed in need of such services by juvenile agencies in Carteret County. The program provides an alternative learning environment for juveniles aged 10-17. SDP works with students who are short-term suspended (1-10 days) and long-term suspended (11 or more days) over the course of the academic year. Participants are provided the opportunity to complete school work they would have missed while out of school, as well as work on modifying their behavior and honing their decision making skills in Life Skills classes delivered each day of attendance. In return for participating positively in SDP sessions, maintaining or improving their academic standing, and improving the behavior related to their offense, participants are granted school attendance for completing the program.
Juvenile Restitution and Community Service
The program will address the restorative intervention needs of the community by offering juveniles the opportunity to earn restitution through community service work at two Boys & Girls Club locations, service projects in the community and through partnerships with Churches, schools and other government agencies. The dollars earned provide a sense of accomplishment and accountability for the youth while paying the victim(s) for actual monetary loss. It is preventative by demonstrating that inappropriate actions result in negative consequences.
This program serves juveniles from 7 to 17 years of age. It serves Juvenile Court adjudications, Diversions and Teen Court clients within that age range.
Referrals are received from Juvenile Court Counselors and Teen Court Coordinator. When referring a client to this program, a referral form is completed. After referral, the Program Coordinator meets with the client and parent(s) or guardian(s) to discuss program work rules, expectations, evaluation criteria and selection of a work site.
The completion of community service hours and the payment of associated restitution dollars ensure that victims and society are compensated, wholly or in part, for their losses. This program helps teach juveniles that society holds its members accountable for their actions while providing youth their first insight into the work place.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Coastal Carolina work in accordance with the Department of Juvenile Crime Prevention Council’s policies and procedures as they relate to Restitution and Community Service.
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