Strong and Proven Programs in the Following Core Areas
- Character and Leadership Development
- Health and Life Skills
- Sports, Fitness, and Recreation
- Education and Career Development
- The Arts
Using the Youth Development Strategy
Boys & Girls Clubs programs promote the development of young people by instilling a sense of competence, a sense of usefulness, a sense of belonging and a sense of power or influence. When this strategy is fully implemented, self-esteem is enhanced and an environment is created which helps boys & girls achieve their full potential.
Arizona MethSMART© Works!!
There are 1.2 million kids in AZ between 6-18, all who need the prevention message.
Cost Effective: In the first three months of MethSMART©, starting in October, 2006 – December 2006, utilizing the first portion of a state grant, the Arizona Alliance of Boys and Girls Clubs provided MethSMART© curriculum to the following:
Ages 6-9 = 809
Ages 10-13 = 388
Ages 14-18 = 218
Grand Total = 1,415 for first three months
Cost: $70 per child
Compare this to the cost of treatment: now
estimated at $4,200 per person
Compare this to the cost of incarceration:
now estimated at $75,000 per youth, more for adults
Leveraging Resources: Of the $98,000 for the first
quarter of MethSMART©, another approximately $18k was utilized at
the local Clubs to implement the program. So, for every dollar
the Legislature appropriates to MethSMART©, Boys & Girls Clubs are
able to bring at least another 18% additional funds to the effort.
That is effective and efficient use of state funds.
Arizona Military Sites and Indian Communities: Of the
16 Clubs statewide who are implementing MethSMART©,
two of the military facilities are Luke Air Force Base and Yuma
Proving Grounds Facility; in addition, Pascua Yaqui, Salt River Pima
Maricopa, Aha Macav, Hualapai Nation, Gila River, Yavapai Apache,
and Yavapai Prescott Indian Communities.
Notoriety of MethSMART©: Many times we hear that Arizona is last in this; last in
that category as compared to the rest of the Nation. As it relates
to Meth Prevention, Arizona is a leader: When the
United State Department of Justice heard about the Arizona MethSMART© program, they decided to pilot it in 20 Boys & Girls Clubs
throughout the country. They determined that the curriculum was a
unique and innovative drug prevention programs and exactly what is
needed for youth in our country. In addition, they provided U.S.
Dept of Justice to grants to three Arizona Clubs.
Partnerships with Schools and School Districts: The
Alliance of Arizona Boys & Girls Clubs has partnered with many
schools around the state to implement MethSMART©
in and outside of the classrooms. We have many more schools
we would like to work with, but the $480,000 grant only goes so far.
Arizona State Youth of the
The Arizona State Youth of the
Year Program, sponsored by the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, 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 compete in their organizations to represent them at
the state level. State winners receive a plaque and enter
the regional competition. Regional winners receive a $5,000
scholarship and enter a national competition held in
Washington, DC. The National Youth of the Year receives an
additional $10,000 scholarship and is installed by the
President of the United States.
Please check the
Youth of the Year page for
more information on this event as it is announced.
The SMART Moves (Skills Mastery and Resistance Training)
prevention/education program addresses the problems of drug and
alcohol use and premature sexual activity. Based on proven
techniques, the program uses a team approach involving Club staff,
peer leaders, parents and community representatives. More than
simply emphasizing a "Say No" message, the program teaches young
people ages 6-15 how to say no by involving them in discussion and
role-playing, practicing resistance and refusal skills, developing
assertiveness, strengthening decision-making skills and analyzing
media and peer influence. The ultimate goal: to promote abstinence
from substance abuse and adolescent sexual involvement through the
practice of responsible behavior.
Arizona State Techathalon
Techathalon is a celebration of our members' confidence
to command the technology tools that are shaping our future.
Techathalon provides a unique venue for young people to
showcase their technology talents as well as their ability
to collaborate to maximize the return on these technological
tools. There are 4 challenge areas for the event:
Graphic Design Challenge encourages members to use
the latest design technology to create a digital
representation of the Boys & Girls Club ideology.
SkillTech Challenge promotes the use of the Microsoft
Office Suite to produce a professional presentation about
the Boys & Girls Club.
TechHead Challenge embraces our members' ability to
creatively build and troubleshoot computer systems.
Battle of the Brains supports our members in their
quest to increase their knowledge about technology.
Campaign is a new youth advocacy effort
designed to promote the importance of a safe, structured place
to go to after school. The campaign urges parents and caregivers
to involve children in safe, supervised after-school programs,
and encourages corporations, foundations and individuals to
support the community-based organizations that provide these
services every day.
here to view the Boys & Girls Clubs of America School's Out
video (7.33 MB, Windows Media Format).
Cavity-Free Zone was developed in response to the recent U.S.
Surgeon General's report on oral health which revealed a silent
epidemic of oral disease in America, especially among disadvantaged
youth. Underwritten by Crest, Cavity-Free Zone aims to improve the
oral health of Club members ages 6-18 nationwide. Through oral
health educational program materials, a Web site and collaborative
efforts with local dental schools, dental societies and other health
care agencies, Cavity-Free Zone will be a catalyst for change in
providing dental services to disadvantaged youth.
FITNESS AUTHORITY®, a new small-group program sponsored by The
Sports Authority, Inc., promotes fitness in all youth. FITNESS
AUTHORITY provides a fun-filled, motivating fitness experience for
members. There is a 12-week curriculum for each of three age groups:
FITNESS SQUAD, 6-9; FITNESS MASTERS, 10-14 and FITNESS ALL-STARS,
15-18. Weekly sessions cover every aspect of fitness, drawing upon
themes of sports culture and history, self-esteem, nutrition and
physical fitness. The annual FITNESS AUTHORITY Club-Wide Pentathlon
competition allows Club members of all ages to demonstrate and test
their fitness levels.
ImageMakers: National Photography
Funded by the Circuit City Foundation, this comprehensive
photography program encourages girls and boys to learn and practice
photography, expressing themselves in creative and innovative ways.
The national initiative delivers a state-of-the-art photography
curriculum, provides photographic resources and opportunities for
Club members to compete on a national level. ImageMakers provides
local, regional and national recognition through an annual
photography contest. Winning photos will be displayed nationwide at
museums as well as at B&GCA's annual National Conference.
The Circuit City Foundation ImageMakers funding is being passed
through to 60 Boys & Girls Clubs nationwide to help them implement a
photography curriculum. Ten additional sites were selected for
grants to strengthen and highlight excellent photography programs in
place. All Boys & Girls Clubs across the country receive the
ImageMaker resource guide and materials.
National Fine Arts Exhibit
View the 2001 National Fine Arts Exhibit Virtual Gallery.
Sponsored by L'Oreal, this contest, which encourages creativity
through a variety of media, is made up of local, regional and
national exhibits. Young people are encouraged to create artwork in
any of the following categories: monochromatic drawing, multicolored
drawing, pastels, water color, oil or acrylic, print making, mixed
media, collage and sculpture. Artwork selected through a national
competition is displayed at B&GCA's annual National Conference.
National KidsDay is the first Sunday every August. It's a
day to celebrate and honor children through the gift of meaningful time. Meaningful
Time is time spent between adults and children that both consider
engaging, important, and enjoyable.
BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF AMERICA, in collaboration with
and other leading youth-serving, community and educational
organizations, is spearheading National KidsDay. We remind
you to mark your calendar and begin preparing for National
KidsDay which will be celebrated on August 7, 2005.
NIKE Sports Program
The NIKE Sports Program is composed of the following components:
NIKE University, NIKE SWOOSH Clubs, NIKE Sports Leadership Camps,
NIKE Girls Sports, NIKE Games, and NIKE Daily Challenges. A program
overview brochure is available upon request.
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 Fund is the generous sponsor of Project Learn.
Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities
Through a collaboration with Major League Baseball, Boys & Girls
Clubs of America has expanded or established baseball and fast-pitch
softball programs in more than 50 communities nationwide. All RBI
leagues incorporate Quick SMART!, a condensed version of Boys &
Girls Clubs of America's SMART Moves prevention/education program
designed to teach players to avoid alcohol and other drug use and
premature sexual involvement.
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.
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.
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