Cultural Diverse Children
Character and Leadership
Helping youth become responsible caring citizens and acquire skills for participating in the democratic process is the main thrust of these programs. They also develop leadership skills and provide opportunities for planning, decision-making, contributing to Club and community, and celebrating our national heritage.
TEENSupreme® Keystone Clubs Keystone Clubs are chartered small group leadership development clubs for young people ages 14-18. Keystoners elect officers, choose their own activities and plan and implement community service projects. A national charter entitles a Keystone Club to participate in regional and national Keystone conferences. The TEENSupreme Keystone Club program is sponsored by the Taco Bell Foundation.
National TEENSupreme Keystone Conference Keystone Club members from across the country gather in a different city each year to develop leadership skills, exchange ideas, debate and discuss current issues, and make friends.Each year, Keystoners select a national project for local Keystone Clubs to complete. The combined action of hundreds of local Keystone Clubs throughout the nation results in a project of national significance. The National TEENSupreme Keystone Conference is sponsored by the Taco BellFoundation.
TEENSupreme Centers By the year 2000, this new program sponsored by the Taco Bell Foundation will fund the establishment of 100 TEENSupreme Centers in selected Boys & Girls Club facilities nationwide. Clubs with a significant teen population and demonstrating relevant teen programming are eligible to become a TEENSupreme Center site.
National Youth of the Year
Sponsored by The Reader's Digest Association, the National Youth of the Year Program is designed to promote and recognize service to Club and community, academic performance and contributions to family and spiritual life. Clubs select a Youth of the Year who receives a certificate and medallion then enters state competition. State winners receive a plaque and enter the regional competition. Regional winners receive a $2,000 scholarship and enter a national competition held in Washington, DC. The National Youth of the Year receives an additional $8,000 scholarship and is installed bythe President of the United States.
This small-group leadership development program, sponsored by THE ALLSTATE FOUNDATION, is targeted for youngsters ages 11 to 13. Within some 339 Torch Clubs across the country, members elect officers and plan and implement their own activities and community service projects. Each Torch Club receives an official charter from Boys & Girls Clubs of America
61% of our Club members are from minority families
Education and Career
These programs help youth create aspirations for the future, providing opportunities for career exploration and educational enhancement.
Project Learn reinforces and enhances the skills and knowledge young people learn at school through high-yield learning activities at the Club and in the home. Based on Dr. Reginald Clark's research that shows fun, but academically beneficial activities increase academic performance, these activities include leisure reading, writing activities, homework help and games like Scrabble which develop young people's cognitive skills. Project Learn emphasizes collaborations between Club staff, parents and school personnel. Formally evaluated by Columbia University, Project Learn has been proven to boost the academic performance of Club members. The JCPenney Afterschool CAN DO initiative is generously sponsoring Project Learn.
A comprehensive homework help and tutoring program, POWER HOUR is designed to raise the academic proficiency of Club members ages 6-12. The POWER HOUR program is sponsored by the Coca-Cola Company.
This internationally recognized, award-winning program leads Club members ages 6-12 on a fun-filled journey into the amazing world of plants and animals. The Ultimate Journey motivates young people to develop an understanding of and sensitivity to the environment, helping them build the knowledge and motivation to protect our natural resources.
Goals For Growth
This program teaches young people ages 8-12 skills for setting and achieving their own personal, education and career goals. The Goals for Growth program is sponsored by Best Buy Children's Foundation.
Career Explorers Club
This small group program introduces young people ages 13-15 to a wide range of career opportunities by taking them where the action is - work sites, businesses, government agencies, colleges, universities and vocational schools. Sponsored by the Taco Bell Foundation as part of the TEENSupreme Career Prep
program, Career Explorers Club provides youth with information about career options and helps them identify the education and training required to reach their goals.
Sponsored by the Taco Bell Foundation as part of the TEENSupreme Career Prep