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 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.
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.
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.
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.
To learn more about College Quest, click HERE.
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 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.
To learn more about the Career Launch program, click HERE.
Health & Wellness
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.
To learn more about SMART Moves, click HERE.
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 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.
Leadership & Service
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.
To learn more about Keystone, click HERE.
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.
To learn more about Youth of the Year, click HERE.
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.
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.
National Youth Outcomes Initiative Survey
The National Youth Outcomes Initiative (NYOI) is an anonymous survey given to Club kids aged 9 and up to measure their Club Experience and the degree to which they are achieving outcomes in the Clubs three priority areas: Academic Success, Good Character and Citizenship, and Healthy Lifestyle. NYOI gives Club members the opportunity to use their voice to effect progress and change within the Club.
To learn more about NYOI, click HERE.
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.
Club members have choice of an activity, and a third meal free of charge provided on weeknights 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 Chris Beaudreault at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free Swim, Fitness & Weight Lifting and Organzied Sports (soccer, volleyball and basketball).