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 foster a better understanding of how the natural world sustains us, environmental stewardship, and a deeper connection to the needs of their community. Our members participate in every aspect of growing a fruit and vegetable garden from seed, thus endowing them with the confidence to replicate the process at home. Through gardening with Boys & Girls Club members we provide access to free produce to our members and their families and quality education about food, gardening, and nutrition to youth gardeners and their families.
Members are provided the opportunity to learn about the bee through the exposure of the Cindy Platt’s Boys and Girls Club indoor hive. The goal of this club is to introduce the members to an incredibly important insect and create an interest and understanding the value to our earth the bee provides. The members will have opportunities with viewing the bees, learning about the making of honey and beeswax, and the implications they have on our environment. Giving them experiential, hands-on experience with our very own bees. (with no worries of being stung!)
Trout Club gives the members the chance to raise and release rainbow trout through their entire development cycle. In the process of raising the trout, the members get the chance to learn about a trout's life and how to keep our wild trout healthy and happy. Members also will learn the importance of animal management and responsibilities through the required understanding of providing very specific conditions to the trout that allows them to flourish.
Healthy Habits is the "Mind" component of Triple Play, where eating smart and maintaining physical fitness are emphasized to improve the wellbeing of Club members. Our Healthy Habits lessons are 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 home.
Encourage young people to try foods they may not otherwise be exposed to.
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 implement fitness testing at the beginning and end of each semester to measure our children's growth and development.
Triple Play also engages in community partnerships with Brevard College Athletics and Brevard High Volleyball and seeks opportunities for our kids in the local sports leagues through Transylvania County Parks & Rec.
Triple Play Leadership club brings all of the "Gym Kid of the Month" honorees together to provide a unique opportunity for the members to talk about leadership traits and how they can apply those to provide help in our Triple Play program and other Club events. The program is focused on teaching leadership and helping kids take ownership over Club programming, furthering their investment in the Club and building self-esteem. The group meets 1-2 times per month.
SMART Boys & Girls
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. Members participate in local races during the school year.
WISE Girls, a spin-off of the SMART Girls and Boys program is for middle school girls, grades 6-8. Girls meet three Fridays a month for an hour and a half to learn new and creative ways to be active, as well as have a meaningful conversation about the topics that matter most to pre-teen girls. WISE Girls might learn new athletic skills, like how to properly use a weight room, or how to exercise anywhere with little to no equipment.
Date SMART- offered every other year
Date SMART is intended to increase young people’s understanding of and build the skills they need to achieve healthy relationships free of violence and abuse. Over the course of 10 sessions, members learn about such topics as: what qualities they value in friendships and dating partners, confidence in spotting signs of abuse in romantic relationships, and the importance of respect and consent in relationships.
SMART Moves is a 10-week program for grades 2 through 5. The goal of SMART Moves is to give our members a safe, intentional environment in which to have conversations and gain skills that will help to prepare them to make wise and healthy lifestyle choices. We have incorporated group discussions and activities, media presentations, and group prompts designed to reach members on topics such as family, community, school, friendship, recreation, harmful substances, decision making, and healthy living.
Club Picks*- Club pick is a program rotation held twice per week in which youth can choose what program they want to participate in. *Summer as well.
The Game Club is designed to teach kids a variety of games. The group focuses on 1 game/week and meets Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Rules are taught and then kids break into groups or partners to practice playing the game. Games include but are not limited to chess, mancala, card games, and many more.
The Gym Club Pick opportunity is designed so that a different sport or activity is taught every two weeks. Meeting on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, kids will be taught basic skills of the sport/activity and then be taught the rules of the game. Kids will then have a chance to play the game/sport. Sports include, but are not limited to pickleball, basketball, soccer, volleyball, hockey, ultimate frisbee, and many more.
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 program also helps to fund our Little League Baseball and Softball teams.
Our Club participates in a number of local sports leagues through partnership with Transylvania Parks & Recreation, Transylvania County Little League, and Transylvania Youth Soccer Association.
The goals of each team are to learn and grow not only in athletic skills, but also in life skills of communication, leadership, teamwork, sportsmanship, work ethic, and preparedness. Heavy emphasis is placed on Club behavior and respect.
The Club Soccer team is comprised of 4th-6th graders and competes in the 13-under TYSA league. The team practices 3 times per week, and games are on Saturdays.
The Club’s 2 basketball teams are co-ed and are comprised of 4th-6th graders. Each team practices twice weekly and competes on Saturdays.
Softball/ Baseball teams are comprised of 4th-6th graders and compete in the Transylvania County Little League, 12-under age group. Teams practice 1-2 times per week, and compete in up to 3 games per week.
Flag Football teams are comprised of our 4th-6th grade boys and girls, as well as one younger team of 1st-3rd graders. The league is hosted by Transylvania County Parks & Rec.
Street SMART *Teen Centers only
Street SMART is a prevention program that focuses on awareness about things such as maintaining positive relationships, handling conflict, understanding bullying, and being aware of the dangers of gangs. The program is designed in different units and progress is tracked with a pre and post test. Through a collaboration with the Transylvania County Sheriff's Department, members are able to meet with an officer to get information and ask questions about the reality of these lessons in Transylvania County.