Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Our Mission: To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Core Beliefs A Boys & Girls Club provides: A safe place to learn and grow... Ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals... Life-enhancing programs and character development experiences... Hope and opportunity.

Boys & Girls Clubs of America
1275 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30309
United States
(972) 581-2368
http://www.bgca.org

CEO

Jim Clark

Board of Directors

Jim Clark, Jim Caufield, Nell Fielden, Kevin McCartney, Evan McElroy, Anand Mehta, Ed Mishrell, Kristine Morain, Lorraine Orr, Judith Pickens, Roxanne Spillett, Julie Teer

Project Leaders

Teddy Thompson

Mission

Our Mission: To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Core Beliefs A Boys & Girls Club provides: A safe place to learn and grow... Ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals... Life-enhancing programs and character development experiences... Hope and opportunity.

Programs

For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America has changed and saved lives, enabling young people to achieve great futures. The Boys & Girls Club network throughout America and on U.S. military installations worldwide currently reaches some 4 million children and teens through Club membership and community outreach in nearly 4,000 locations. Through its headquarters in Atlanta, five regional service centers and the government relations office in Washington, D.C., BGCA provides direction and leadership in key areas of Club operations such as programs, resource development, marketing, board development, staff management, government relations, technology, training and leadership development. BGCA's efforts drive all Clubs toward fulfillment of the mission to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) provides tested, proven and nationally recognized curriculums (called "programs") in five core program areas: Character and Leadership Development, Education and Career Development, Health and Life Skills, The Arts, and Sports, Fitness and Recreation. The array of programs provided develops the whole child, helping to instill a sense of belonging, usefulness, influence and competence. Character and Leadership Development programs empower youth to support and influence their Club and community, sustain meaningful relationships with others, develop a positive self-image and good character, participate in the democratic process, and respect their own and others' cultural identities. Examples include the Keystone Clubs, a small group leadership club for teens ages 14 - 18 and Torch Clubs, a similar group for youth ages 10 - 13. Education and Career Development programs enable youth to become proficient in basic educational disciplines, set goals, explore careers, prepare for employment and embrace technology to achieve success in a career. Examples include CareerLaunch, a program aimed at teens to assist them with career exploration and preparation and diplomas2Degress, a program for teens that assists with college readiness. Technology curriculum, called Club Tech, also fall in this program area and include national competitions in the digital arts, game design and robotics programs. Health and Life Skills programs develop young people's capacity to engage in positive behaviors that nurture their own well-being, set personal goals and live successfully as self-sufficient adults. Examples include SMARTMoves (Skills Mastery And Resistance Training), a program to help Clubs members of every age resist drug and alcohol use and smoking and Healthy Habits (part of the Triple Play program discussed below) that looks at nutrition and good eating habits. Arts programs enable youth to develop their creativity and cultural awareness through knowledge and appreciation of the visual arts, crafts, performing arts and creative writing. These include national competitions in the fine arts and photography as well as curriculum in music making and drama. Sports, Fitness and Recreation programs develop fitness, positive use of leisure time, skills for stress management, appreciation for the environment and social skills. Examples include Triple Play, a family of several programs that encourage physical activity, healthy practices (see Healthy Habits above) and social recreation.

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