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Boys & Girls Club: Background  

The Fundamentals of the
Boys & Girls Club Movement

Our 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


Our Youth Development Strategy

Club programs and services promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling:


A sense of competence

The feeling there is something boys and girls can do well.

A sense of usefulness

The opportunity to do something of value for other people.

A sense of belonging

A setting where an individual knows he or she has a place where he or she “fits in” and is accepted.

A sense of power and influence

A chance to be heard and to positively influence the decisions of others.


When this strategy is fully implemented, the self-esteem of girls and boys is enhanced and an environment is created which helps them achieve their full potential.

Core Programs
Clubs provide diversified activities that meet the interests of all youth.  Core programs engage youth in activities with adults, peers and family members that enable them to enhance their self-esteem and to develop to their full potential.

Based on physical, emotional, cultural and social needs and interests of girls and boys, and recognizing developmental principles, Clubs offer diversified program activities in five areas:

Character & Leadership Development…

Empowers youth to support and influence their Club and community, sustain meaningful relationships, develop a positive self-image participate in democratic processes and respect their own and others’ cultural identities.


Education & Career Development…

Enables youth to become proficient in basic educational disciplines apply learning to everyday situations and embrace technology to optimize employability.


Health & Life Skills…

Develops young people’s capacity to engage in positive behaviors that nurture their own well-being, set personal goals and develop the competencies to live successfully as self-sufficient adults.


The Arts…

Enables youth to develop their creativity and cultural awareness through knowledge and appreciation of visual and tactile arts and crafts, performing arts and creative writing.

Sports, Fitness & Recreation…

Develops fitness, positive use of leisure time, skills for stress management, appreciation for the environment and social and interpersonal skills.


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