Evolve, a character and leadership transitional program currently is implemented with all of our 6th grade members. This program is designed to help members develop or enhance life skills, including: leadership, trust, integrity, and the difference between recognizing and understanding one’s own character, and feelings. The primary goal of the program is to create a community of trust and respect among members who will be entering our Teen program. If members complete the program, they are allowed to transition to the Teen Center during the summer as a rising 7th grader. Implemented primarily in the spring and summer, members participate in weekly classroom lessons as well as weekly community service opportunities and must display significant growth in maturity before being promoted to our Teen Center.
In accordance with the vision of Boys & Girls Clubs, we provide more services and programs for teens that help them not only get ready for career success, but also develop a strong sense of civic responsibility and a lifelong commitment to serving others. The Junior Staff program helps assists Club teens in exploring a career in youth development or other human services, with a particular focus on Boys & Girls Club work. Junior Staff provides teen members with age-appropriate skill-building opportunities and hands-on Club work experience.
Overcoming Obstacles *HS Teen Center Only
Overcoming Obstacles is a youth development program that focuses on the success of young people in the areas of life that traditional “schooling” will not prepare them for. Skills that are focused on include but are not limited to communication, decision making, time management, and problem solving.
Torch Club *MS Teen Center only
Torch Club is a chartere small-group leadership and service club for boys and girls ages 11-13. 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 development. Torch Club members learn to elect officers and work together to implement activities in four areas: service to Club and community, education, health and fitness and social recreation.
Keystone Club *HS Teen Center only
Keystone is BGCA’s premier teen leadership program. Keystone Club meets teens’ vitally important needs for positive group experiences. With the guidance of Club staff, teens are given opportunities to make leadership decisions, serve others and engage in experiences that help to shape their knowledge of academic, career, community service and teen outreach initiatives, projects, and fundraisers.
Passport To Manhood *Teen Center Boys only
Passport to Manhood promotes and teaches responsibility in Middle School and High School Members; each age group meets separately once a week. Passport to Manhood consists of 14 sessions, each of which concentrates on a specific aspect of manhood through highly interactive activities. Each Club participant receives his own “passport” to underscore the notion that he is on a personal journey of maturation and growth. Passport to Manhood represents a targeted effort to engage young men in discussions activities that reinforce positive behavior.
JAM or Junior Appalachian Musicians is a free program open to our club kids and $100 for non-Club kids. Children receive either fiddle, guitar, mandolin or banjo classes from experienced local musicians. Enrollment is offered in the fall and winter.
Mentoring is a 1:1 program to allow members to get support and guidance through activities and projects from another supportive and dedicated mentor. This program is designed to give support the member needs to grow into a well-rounded person. Mentoring provides a safe place that the mentee can discuss or talk about anything they feel comfortable discussing with their mentor. Along with that, the mentee and mentor also do many different engaging activities that may include: cooking, art projects, sports, or any special interests the mentee may have. The goal of this program is to create a bond between the mentee and mentor that they can keep throughout their lifetime. The mentor and mentee meet once every other week for an hour.
Ready, Set, Action (RSA)
RSA is 12-session youth program that develops social-emotional skills in Club members (ages 10-13) developed by The PEAR Institute: Partnerships in Education & Resiliency. When loss happens, we want our Club members to be Ready to respond, Set with the skills to support and equipped to take Action. RSA is focused on developing four key skills: teamwork, perseverance, self awareness, and self control.
Gameplan *Summer only
Game Plan is a program that teaches large group games, partner games, and other organized activities in the Game Room. The program seeks to teach teamwork, communication, and many other skills necessary for positive peer interaction.
Youth for Unity *Summer only
Youth for Unity focuses on identifying and addressing individuality, diversity, culture, bias, prejudice, discrimination, and stereotyping. Grades 1 through 6 are given the opportunity to discuss and explore their own beliefs, opinions, and life experiences through presentations, projects, research, and activities. The goal is to encourage independent and intelligent thinking; bring an awareness to our members of the uniqueness they each possess; and present the needs of fellow club members in the areas of acceptance and friendship.