Youth Programs

Youth Center
Bldg. 1143



Before & After School Programs

Open Recreation

No School Days
Open at 1pm
Weekends & Holidays-Closed

The Youth Center offers enhanced programs in the five core areas: Education and Career Development, Health and Life Skills, Health and Fitness, The Arts and Charter and Leadership Development. Youth Center members receive a safe and fun environment supervised by caring staff for a minimal annual membership fee of $30.

Membership Benefits
• Scholarship opportunities in the Youth Employment Skill , Congressional Award Program and Military Youth of the Year programs
• Reduced fees or no fees to participate in sports camps, entertainment, educational and recreational activities
• Enrollment in 4H program
• Participation in Torch and Keystone Club, Teen Council and Military Youth of the Year
• Participation Lock Ins, field trips, Teen outings, and tournaments
• Eligibility  for monthly instructional classes
• Eligibility for Boys and Girls Club and BGCA events 

During the winter, spring and summer breaks the Youth Center offers sports camps, day trips monthly Funtastic Friday’s, and more.

BGCA and 4H have had a long and proud partnership with the military. All military youth centers worldwide are affiliated with BGCA and 4H. The program provides high-quality programs and curriculum that traditional Boys & Girls and 4H Clubs provide. Please see below for specific details of just a few of what we have to offer our youth and teens

million_hr_servicesMillion Members, Million Hours of Service

Studies show that young people who engage in service do better in school, maintain positive relationships with adults and avoid risky behaviors. BGCA's Million Members, Million Hours of Service efforts will help Boys & Girls Clubs increase the number of youth participating in volunteer and service projects to 1 million members each donating at least one hour of service in a single year.

torch_clubTorch Clubs
Torch Clubs are chartered, 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.

Keystoning 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 adviser, Keystone Clubs aim to have a positive impact on members, the Club and community.

Military Youth of the Year
Since 1947, Youth of the Year has been Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s premier recognition program, celebrating the extraordinary achievements of Club teens. Club members who earn the youth of the Year title embody the values of leadership service; academic excellence; and healthy lifestyles.

Education & career
BGCA has implemented the programmatic strategy Every Member, Every Year, designed 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 graduate from high school on time, ready for a post-secondary education and a 21st-century career.


Brain_gameSummer Brain Gain
Summer Brain Gain is a fun, educational program that aims to prevent summer learning loss and keep kids on track for the coming school year.


DIY_stemDIY STEM 2.0: Hands-on STEM activities for Tweens!
Do It Yourself STEM brings all the fun of scientific exploration into members hands as they work with peers to create cool artifacts that demonstrate scientific principles!


This fun and exciting program, sponsored by Bank of America and Gap Foundation, prepares teens for the world of careers and work. Through CareerLaunch, Club teens 13-18 years old embark on a journey to explore possible vocations, make sound educational decisions and find success in the world of work. MORE»


money_mattersMoney Matters: Make It Count
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.


power_hourPower Hour: Making Minutes Count
Power Hour: Making Minutes Count provides Club professionals with the strategies, activities, resources and information to create an engaging homework help and tutoring program that encourages Club members at every age to become self-directed learners.

health & Life skills
These 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_smartDate SMART
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.


passport_to_manhoodPassport to Manhood
Passport to Manhood promotes and teaches responsibility in Club boys ages 11 to 14. Passport to Manhood consists of 14 sessions, each concentrating on a specific aspect of character and manhood through highly interactive activities.


smart_girlsSMART Girls
An outgrowth of the popular and effective SMART Moves program, SMART Girls is a health, fitness, prevention/education and self-esteem enhancement program for girls ages 9 to 17.


smart_movesSMART Moves
The SMART Moves (Skills Mastery and Resistance Training) prevention/education program addresses problems such as drug and alcohol use and premature sexual activity.


NetSmartz teaches Internet safety skills through engaging multimedia activities and offline interaction with Club professionals in three age-appropriate groups.

triple_playHealthy Habits: A Triple Play Program
Designed to incorporate healthy living and active learning in every part of the Club experience, Healthy Habits emphasizes good nutrition, regular physical activity and improving overall well-being.


Drama Matters Afterschool
DramaMatters Afterschool is a drama education program for Clubs that encourages members ages 9 to 18 to engage in hands-on activities. Drama education builds self-confidence, sparks creativity and boosts academic achievement.


image_makersImageMakers National Photography Program
This year-round program encourages Club members ages 9 to 18 to learn and practice black-and-white, color, digital and alternative process photography. The ImageMakers National Photography Program Resource Guide is full of fun, creative activity ideas


national_fine_artsNational Fine Arts Exhibit Program
This year-round program encourages artistic expression among Club members ages 9 to 18 through drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, mixed media and sculpture displayed at local and regional exhibits. Using the interactive National Fine Arts Program Guide


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.


jr_rbiJr. RBI
Jr. RBI is designed to teach the fundamentals of baseball and softball to children ages 9 to 12. It also serves as a feeder program for the RBI program.


triple_playTriple 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 members ages 9-12 by increasing their daily physical activity, teaching them good nutrition and helping them develop healthy relationships.