Specialized Teen Programs
These initiatives focus on meeting the significant and specific needs identified within Boys & Girls Clubs. Their broad scope complements several or all of our core program areas.
If you are enrolled in middle school or high school, a full-range of special activities and programs have been designed just for you. The Club is a safe place where you can come to hang out, have fun and spend time with friends. Plus, we have a dedicated Teen Center serving you and your friends only. The Club is open every day after school, and on most holidays. So, just call or stop by to become a member. We’ll be happy to give you a tour and help you in completing a membership form.
Our Teen Center has many small areas for you and your friends to hang out, play a variety of games, and more.
No getting stuck playing with little kids here….unless you want to do so. Leadership opportunities abound as teens are given the chance to captain athletic teams, coach or referee, administer tournaments, or demonstrate projects to younger members.
Your club experience is what you make it. There are many programs to take advantage of in addition to hanging out with friends. If we aren’t offering what you are interested in, speak with the Teen Director to find out the next steps to getting the programs you are interested in started.
The Club Teen Center
Young adult members ages 14 – 18 years old will enjoy their own club within a Club in the New Teen Center building. The Club features a game room with two billiard tables, air hockey, table tennis, a café (small business opportunity), and two HDTVs. Members can interact in a teen-only space, catching up with friends after school, participating in our many teen programs, receiving job readiness training, filling out college applications, joining our GED program for drop outs, and participating in various leisure time activities.
Read more about the The Club Teen Center by clicking here.
Parents Leading, Uniting, Serving
The Family PLUS initiative enables Clubs to partner with families and collaborate with other community agencies to ensure the positive development of youth through programming, resources and support.
Youth for Unity
Through a comprehensive set of interventions, the Youth for Unity program aims to promote and celebrate diversity while combating prejudice, bigotry and discrimination.
Content on myclubmylife.com is designed to provide positive information for teens while remaining relevant. Fun, interactive content elements and celebrity interviews are mixed with information on academic achievement, setting goals, job search tips and financial literacy.
Employing computer-based tutorials with state-of-the-art animation, the program delivers games to younger participants and interactive quizzes to teens. Lessons learned through these multimedia materials are reinforced through interaction with and guidance from Club professionals.
This fun and exciting program prepares you for the working world. Club teens 14-18 years old embark on a journey to explore careers, make sound educational decisions, and find success in the world of work. The program contains 20 sessions full of interactive activities designed to help teens prepare for flexibility in implementing the program. A pre- and post-assessment tool is included to determine individual participants’ achievement of the learning objectives and to document results of the program.
Junior Staff is a program for Club teens ages 14 to 18. This program provides Club staff and volunteers with tools to guide young people in preparing for a career in Boys & Girls Clubs and/or other non-profit or service professions. Through participation in Junior Staff, teens develop interpersonal skills, a strong work ethic, and a sense of community engagement while experiencing on-the-job Club work. Junior Staff veterans qualify for possible summer counselor positions.
Diplomas to Degrees (d2D)
BGCA’s new college readiness program is here! This program provides a range of services to guide Club members as they work toward high school graduation and prepare for post-secondary education and career success. The program includes fun high-yield activities. The Teen College Guide offers tips on achieving academic success and planning for post-secondary education.
Money Matters promotes financial responsibility and independence among Club members ages 13-18. Participants learn how to manage a checking account, create a budget, save and invest. They also learn about starting a small businesses and paying for college. Money Matters features: The Teen Personal Finance Guide a fun, attractive booklet containing practical tips and activities to help teens learn the important skills of balancing a checkbook, creating a budget, saving, and investing for college and retirement.