Teens Program

Welcome to the Club

When I first started coming here it was like an after school program for me. But then, as the many programs started coming available to us like Leadership, Keystone, Torch Club…SMART Girls, it made me realize that it was a place building our confidence, letting us know that we are worthy and capable of anything we set our mind to.

- Cristy D., Club Graduate

Education

The goal of our Teen Programs is to promote the positive growth of our youth. We focus on healthy lifestyle choices, building positive relationships in and outside the Club, fostering independence and skills mastery and civic duty.

Power Hour

Power Hour helps Club members ages 13-18 achieve academic success by providing homework help, tutoring and high-yield learning activities, and by encouraging members to become self-directed learners.

Project Learn

High Yield Learning Activities, for Club members ages 13-18, reinforces and enhances the skills and knowledge young people learn at school during the hours they spend at the Club. This comprehensive program strategy includes 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.

S.T.E.M (digital literacy)

STEAM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) activity for ages 6–15, includes science experiments, recreating and building various types of robots, and with this program it allows children to think outside of the box using critical thinking and mathematical skills.

Junior Staff

For Club teens ages 13-18, this program guides young people in preparing for a career in Boys & Girls Clubs and/or other service professions. Through participation in Junior Staff, teens will develop interpersonal skills, a strong work ethic and a sense of community engagement.

College Quest

This program helps young people who may be at risk of dropping out of school develop the academic, behavioral and social skills needed to be successful in school and beyond, utilizing mentoring, tracking, and communication to help ensure academic success.

Workforce Developement

BGCNW job readiness and career preparation program offering teens a variety of activities to hone decision making, problem- solving and critical thinking ability as well as leadership skills in order to develop their capacity for gainful employment.

Money Matters

Money Matters promotes financial responsibility and independence among Club members ages 13 to 18. Participants learn how to manage a checking account, create a budget, save and invest, start small businesses and pay for college.

Health & Wellness

SMART Moves

SMART (Skills Mastery and Resistance Training) Moves activities, for ages 13-16, hone decision-making and critical-thinking skills, as well as teach how to avoid and/or resist alcohol, tobacco, other drugs and premature sexual activity.

SMART Girls

SMART Girls is a small-group health, fitness, prevention/education and self-esteem enhancement program designed to meet the developmental needs of girls ages 13-18. 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.

Boys to Men (Passport to Manhood)

Passport to Manhood promotes and teaches responsibility in Club boys ages 13- 18. Through highly interactive activities which engage young boys in discussions and activities that reinforce positive behavior, each participant receives his own “passport” to underscore the notion that he is on a personal journey of maturation and growth.

SMART Leaders

SMART Leaders is a booster program to SMART Moves. This program keeps teens involved in the SMART Moves program after Stay SMART, reinforces skills and knowledge youth learned in SMART Moves and prepares teens as leaders to help their peers resist using alcohol, tobacco, and other dugs, and postpone sexual activity. The program is available through a collaborative effort among The Pennsylvania State University, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention.

UPS Road Code

UPS and BGCA partnered to create the UPS Road Code program for teens teaching them about the leading risks for teen drivers and specific driving technique to keep them safe while behind the wheel and as passengers.

Leadership & Service

Keystone Club

Keystone is our 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.

Youth of the Year

This program promotes and celebrates service to Club, community and family; academic performance; moral character; life goals; and poise and public speaking ability. The Youth of the Year program is a year-round tool for fostering young people’s character, personal growth and leadership qualities.

Youth For Unity

Youth For Unity promotes and celebrates diversity and combats prejudice, bigotry, and discrimination.

Millions Members Millions Hours

Million Members Million Hours is a initiative to involve Club kids and teens in service activities year-round. The purpose is to raise members’ awareness of community service opportunities and provide them with resources to undertake projects for their communities.

Sports & Rec

Triple Play Sports Club

This nationally recognized program teaches boys and girls to make healthier choices and develop lifetime habits that promote good nutrition, daily exercise, character development, and overall well-being.

Open Recreation

Club members have choice of an activity, and a third meal free of charge provided on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 6:30 – 9:00 pm. Open Gym, Games Room, Teen Center, and the Digital Arts Lab are available. For more information, please contact Teen Center Director Athenia Lee at alee@bgcnw.com.

Other Sports

Free Swim, Fitness & Weight Lifting and Organzied Sports (soccer, volleyball and basketball).

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