EDUCATION & CAREER
BGCA has implemented the programmatic strategy Every Member, Every Year, so that all Clubs, no matter their size or resources, can partner with youth, parents, schools, and other community stakeholders to implement at least one of three approaches: academic enrichment and school engagement; targeted dropout prevention; and intensive intervention and case management. Our aim is to ensure that all Club members graduated from high school on time, ready for a post-secondary education and a 21st- century career.
Money Matters: Make it Count
Money Matters promotes financial responsibility and independence amount Club members ages 13 to 18. Participants learn how to manage a checking account, and create a budget, save and invest, start small businesses, and pay for college.
Diplomas to Degrees (d2D)
BGC’s college readiness program provides a range of services to guide Club members as they work towards high school graduation, and prepare for post-secondary education and career success .Club staff have access to a Facilitator’s Guide with fun high-yield activities and a Teen College Guide, complete with tips on achieving academic success, and planning for post-secondary education.
CareerLaunch encourages Club members ages 13 to 18 assess their skills and interests, explore careers, make sound educational decisions, and prepare to join our nation’s’ workforce. Club staff help teens build their job-search skills and job readiness by using the CareerLaunch Facilitator Guide and working with teens individually or in small groups.
Power Hour: Making Minutes Count
The Power Hour materials provide practical tips and best practices for recognition and incentives, behavior management, volunteer recruitment and training, collaboration with organizations, and use of technology and the Internet. The program also provides homework help for all Club members by giving them a quiet space to work and learn. Members have access to computer and other reference materials to aid them in their academic pursuits.
Be Great: Graduate
Be Great: Graduate is a dropout prevention program. This program is designed to enhance each Club members’ engagement with learning by providing consistent support from caring and trusted adults in developing the academic, emotional, and social skills needed to achieve academic success. Be Great: Graduate program uses the early warning signals-attendance, behavior, and course failure to identify youth at risk of dropping out of school.
Junior Staff: Cultivating Tomorrow’s Club Professionals Today
Junior Staff assists Club members ages 13 to 18 in exploring a career in youth or human services, particularly Boys & Girls Club work. Youth people prepare for future roles as human services professionals by participating in career development activities, discovering the importance of community service, building customer service skills, and completing a Club apprenticeship. This program invests in the development of Club member’s interpersonal skills, worth ethic, and sense of community responsibility by giving young people ages 15 to 18 jobs working at the Club, giving them hands on experience as well as a paycheck.
Project Learn reinforces academic enrichment and school engagement of young people during the time they spend at the Club. Project Learn creates opportunities for high-yield learning activities, which includes leisure reading, writing activities, discussion with knowledgeable adults, helping others, homework help, tutoring, and games that develop young people’s cognitive skills.
CHARACTER & LEADERSHIP
Helping youth become responsible, caring citizens and acquire skills for participating in the democratic process is the main thrust of these programs. The programs also help develop leadership skills and provide opportunities for planning, decision-making, contributing to the Club and community, and celebrating our national heritage.
Torch Clubs are small-group leadership and service clubs for boys and girls ages 11 to 13. 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 life. Torch Club members learn to elect officers and work together to implement activities in four areas: service to the Club and community; education; health and fitness; and social recreation.
Keystone is the Boys & Girls Club Movement’s ultimate teen program. This unique leadership development experience provides opportunities for young people ages 14 to 18. Youth participate, both in and out of the Club, in activities in three focus areas: academic success, career preparation, and community service. With the guidance of an adult advisor, Keystone Clubs aim to have a positive impact on members, the club, and the community.
Youth of the Year
Youth of the Year is the Boys & Girls Clubs premier recognition program, celebrating the extraordinary achievements of Club members. Each year, one exceptional Club member is selected to be the National Youth of the Year. The National Youth of the Year serves as both an exemplary ambassador for the Boys & Girls Club youth and as a strong voice for the nation’s young people. To achieve the title of Youth of the Year, Club members must embody the values of leadership and service; academic excellence; and healthy lifestyles. They should also exemplify the critical impact that the Boys & Girls Clubs have on the lives of young people. (Jr. Youth of the Year gives members 11 to 13 years old a chance to see what Youth of the Year is up close, which building on their leadership skills.)
HEALTH & LIFESTYLE
Health & Life Skills 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.
Date SMART is a supplement to SMART Girls and Passport to Manhood for Club members ages 13 to 18. Through fun and easy-to use sessions, members learn how to achieve mutually supportive relationships, free of violence and abuse. The programs also encourages youth to become community advocates for relationships that promote equality and respect, while combating the attitudes and behaviors that lead to dating, sexual, and domestic violence.
Passport to Manhood
Passport to Manhood promotes and teaches responsibility to Club boys ages 11 to 14. Passport to Manhood consists of 14 sessions, each concentrating on specific aspects of character and manhood through highly interactive activities. The programs represents a targeted effort to engage young boys in discussions and activities that reinforce character, leadership, and positive behavior.
SMART Girls is a health, fitness, prevention/education, and self-esteem enhancement programs for girls 8 to 17. SMART Girls offers young women guidance towards healthy attitudes and lifestyles, eating right, staying fit, getting good healthcare, and more, while reaching their full potential. Through dynamic sessions, group activities, field trips, and mentoring opportunities with adult women, Club girls enjoy the opportunity to build their skills. Other topics addressed include how the media influences attitudes about females, date rape and sexual harassment, sexually transmitted diseases, sexual myths and truths, getting regular gynecological care, and physical and emotional changes girls experience.
SMART Moves is a prevention/education program that addresses problems such as drugs and alcohol use, and premature sexual activity. This program uses a team approach involving Club staff, peer leaders, parents, and community representatives. The program teaches young people ages 6 to 15 how to say no by involving them in discussions and role-playing, practicing resistance and refusal skills, developing assertiveness, strengthening decision-making skills, and analyzing media and peer influence. The ultimate goal of this program is to promote abstinence from substance abuse, and adolescent sexual involvement though the practice of responsible behavior.
Healthy Habits: A Triple Play Program
Designed to incorporate healthy living and active learning in every part of the Clubs experience, Healthy Habits emphasizes good nutrition, regular physical activity, and improving one’s overall well-being.
Teen Talk looks at issues facing today’s teens and breaking them, so our teen members can make healthy and positive choices around nutrition, smoking, drugs and alcohol, sex and sexuality, healthy relationships, and much more.
Arts & Crafts
Help weekly for an hour, the program uses traditional arts & craft supplies to explore arts in all forms .Any Club member is welcome to come and try this program out. Monthly art shows are held during gallery walk to show off our member’s creativity to the Brattleboro community.
This program continues from our friends at The New England Center of Circus Arts. For an hour each week, members get a chance to try out activities around juggling, balance, and movement.
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.
Weight Training & Fitness
This program gives members the opportunity to learn more about weight training & fitness, and try it out. This program teaches members how getting stronger can help them in all areas of their life.
Bike Shop is an opportunity for members to learn about bike repairs and fix their bikes if need be. If a member does not have a bike, than it also gives them an opportunity to get one.
One of the highlights of our Flat street Clubhouse is a 6,000 square foot skate park. This is on the fastest growing sports in America, and our members have access to the park during regular club hours to learn skills, improve balance and coordination, and just get a wonderful form of exercise.
Triple Play: A Game Plan for Mind, Body, and Soul
Triple Play, a comprehensive health and wellness program, strives to improve the overall health of Club member’s ages 6 to 18 by increasing their daily physical activity, teaching them good nutrition, and helping them develop healthy relationships.