The Harvest Project uses food systems and healthy eating habits as unifying concepts to teach members to grow, harvest, and prepare produce. Experiences in the garden will foster a better understanding of how the natural world sustains us, environmental stewardship, and a deeper connection to the needs of their community. Through gardening with Boys & Girls Club members we hope to:
- Provide access to affordable, quality foods to participants, their families, and the community;
- Give youth an opportunity to market and sell produce; and
- Provide quality education about food, gardening, and nutrition to youth gardeners and their families
Healthy Habits is the "Mind" component of Triple Play, where eating smart and maintaining physical fitness are emphasized to improve the well-being of Club members. The 10 lesson Healthy Habits curriculum is designed to:
- Teach young people about the benefits of healthy habits such as eating right and being physically active.
- Equip young people with skills to adopt healthier habits by participating in fun and engaging learning activities both at the Club and at home.
- Encourage young people to take small steps toward positive behavior change.
Triple Play is a fitness program that seeks to engage kids' Mind, Body, and Soul. This is a national program through Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA). At our Club, Triple Play involves a variety of learning opportunities and seeks to keep kids engaged in physical activity for 45 minutes at a time during the school year, and 60 minutes per session during the summer. Kids participate in a variety of games, from team sports, such as football or basketball, to individual competitions and relay races. During these activities, kids are taught sportsmanship, leadership, and teamwork. Our staff also implements fitness testing at the beginning and end of each semester to measure our children's growth and development.
In addition to our everyday activities, our Triple Play program seeks community involvement. Through a partnership with Brevard College, our Club hosts a variety of free sports clinics for our members, including baseball, volleyball, and basketball. We have also had the local Brevard High School volleyball team come and hold a 3 day camp for our kids. We are constantly seeking new opportunities for our members.
Badges for Baseball
Badges for Baseball is a crime prevention initiative, for grades 4-7, that encourages healthy out-of-school activities, while improving relationships between law enforcement personnel and youth. This program includes twelve lessons that teach kids about things such as integrity, leadership, teamwork, and bullying. At the end of the program, we host a "Cops vs. Kids" kickball game, where local law enforcement officers come for a day of fun and competition. This past school year,because of Badges for Baseball and a partnership with the Transylvania County Little League, our Club was able to host our first ever Little League Baseball team, the Orioles. The team was coached by staff members and assisted by a local law enforcement officer.
S.M.A.R.T. Girls and S.M.A.R.T Boys Run!
S.M.A.R.T. Girls and Boys is a youth running program for elementary-aged girls and boys. The program is designed to encourage healthy lifestyles with a focus on fitness, self-esteem enhancement and character development, with the goal of giving adolescent girls and boys the tools to reach their full potential as caring individuals. Smart Girls is an award winning program of The Boys & Girls Club of America.
Smart Girls and Boys meets weekly from 3:00-4:45pm at Brevard Elementary School. Please contact Alycia Andrade Benton at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jackie Witherspoon at email@example.com to register your child for the 2016-2017 S.M.A.R.T Kids season. We will begin practices Wednesday August 31st 2016. Registration for this program closes September 30th 2016 .
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer coach, please contact Alycia or Jackie.
S.M.A.R.T. Moves and Street S.M.A.R.T.
SMART Moves and Street SMART, both short-term programs teach positive choices and healthy lifestyles. SMART Moves, which is implemented during a 10-12 week period once or twice per year, helps members develop positive decision making and critical thinking skills while also learning how to avoid and/or resist alcohol, tobacco, other drugs and premature sexual activity. Street SMART is implemented once or twice a year during an 8-10 week period and teaches youth, ages 10-14, about gang and violence prevention while nurturing resiliency skills and covering bullying prevention.
Recycling Club gives Club members a chance to step outside of themselves and serve their community. Recyclers gather the recyclable materials from the Boys & Girls Club and drop it off at the Pisgah Forest Recycling Center. They are an enthusiastic group of youth who are learning how important and fun protecting our planet can really be!