BGCMB programs and services promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling four core elements. First, we work to impart a sense of competence: the feeling there is something boys and girls can do and do well. Second, we promote a sense of usefulness: the opportunity to do something of value for other people. Third, we communicate a sense of belonging: a setting where young people know they “fit” and are accepted. Fourth, we promote a sense of power or influence: a chance to be heard and to influence decisions.
By incorporating this youth development strategy in all of our programs, self-esteem is enhanced and an environment is created which helps girls and boys achieve their full potential.
Our programs focus around three key themes: Academic Success, Healthy Lifestyles, and Character Development
Power Hour: Making Minutes Count
This comprehensive homework help and tutoring program is designed to raise the academic proficiency of Club members ages 6 to 12.
Career Launch is a career exploration and mentoring program for teens ages 13-18. This program allows teens to practice interviewing, complete an interest survey, explore careers, identify training or college requirements, seek out financial aid and play skills-building games. Teens can access the information on the Career Launch Web site or the Portfolio that contains a Teen Tips booklet. Funded by Gap Foundation.
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 which develop youth's cognitive skills. Project Learn emphasizes collaborations between Club staff, parents and school personnel.
Diplomas 2 Degrees
Diplomas to Degrees (d2D), BGCA’s new college readiness 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 SMART Moves (Skills Mastery and Resistance Training) prevention/education program addresses problems such as drug and alcohol use and premature sexual activity
Designed to incorporate healthy living and active learning in every part of the Club experience, Healthy Habits emphasizes good nutrition, regular physical activity and improving overall well-being.
An outgrowth of the popular and effective SMART Moves program, SMART Girls is a health, fitness, prevention/education and self-esteem enhancement program for girls ages 8 to 17.
Passport to Manhood
Passport to Manhood promotes and teaches responsibility in Club boys ages 11 to 14. Passport to Manhood consists of 14 sessions, each concentrating on a specific aspect of character and manhood through highly interactive activities.
CHARACTER AND LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
Keystone Clubs are chartered small group leadership development clubs for young people ages 14 to 18. Keystoners elect officers, choose their own activities and plan and implement community service projects. This teen leadership program is funded by the Taco Bell Foundation.
Youth of the Year
Sponsored by the Reader's Digest Foundation, 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.
This small-group leadership development program, sponsored by Staples, is targeted to youth ages 11 to 13. Members elect officers and plan and implement their own activities and community service projects.
Junior Staff: Cultivating Tomorrow's Club Professionals Today
Junior Staff is a program that assists Club members ages 13 to 18 explore a career in youth or human services, particularly Boys & Girls Club work. Young people prepare for future roles as human services professionals by participating in career development activities, discovering the importance of community service, building customer service skills and completing a Club apprenticeship. Funded by AT&T.
Money Matters: Make It Count
Created with the Charles Schwab Foundation, this financial literacy program was designed specifically to help teens ages 13 to18 expand their knowledge of money management and learn the skills that lead to financial independence and well-being.
OTHER FEATURED PROGRAMS
Regal Entertainment Group: 2017 Summer Movie Express
This grant provided an opportunity for our members to attend the movies during the summer months. The Summer Movie Express program shows various movies every Tuesday throughout the summer season. In addition to partaking in viewing movies the grant provides learning opportunities through the local Regal Theaters in the Baltimore Metropolitan area.