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Power Hour is an education based program which focuses on making members self-directed learners by offering a quiet place where members can get homework help and tutoring from dedicated youth development professionals and volunteers. Power Hour is a great opportunity for kids to get their homework not only completed, but also to help them feel assured that they comprehend the subject matter. The program encourages member’s achievement of academic excellence as well as their dedication to their education and demonstration of improvement in school. With Power Hour, Boys & Girls Clubs can promise a quiet, supportive place where members feel comfortable and capable to ask questions and learn more.
STEM is used in various ways throughout the Boys & Girls Clubs. By encouraging the practices of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, Clubs offer various hands-on programs relating to these subjects. Special attention is paid to connections of theory and application of scientific principles. Some of our programs are provided in partnership with FIRST LEGO League, Jr., Sea Research Foundation and General Dynamics C4 Systems.
America Reads with Arizona State University – Utilizes university Federal Work Study students as tutors to help children improve reading skills to make sure children are able to read at grade level. Tutors work with members to improve reading and math proficiency skills, making sure youth are prepared and ready to be strong students.
Designed specifically for ages 13–18, this program guides teens through an individual action plan to graduate high school and explore a path towards college or a trade skill. Emphasizing career development, Club members learn how to complete job and college applications, develop interview skills and more. Members make a pledge committing themselves to graduate high school and aim to pursue post-secondary education.
21st Century Leaders
Keystone Club, our most dynamic teen program, is a chartered small-group leadership and service club for youth ages 14–18. The program has four main focus areas: academic success, career preparation, community service, and teen outreach. Teens and advisors have weekly meetings to plan events, fundraise and plan their “national project.” Keystone offers various leadership opportunities and all chosen members aim to have a positive impact on members, the Club and community.
Torch Club is a leadership and character development program for members in the critical ages of 11-13 run in our Afterschool Program. Torch Club is focused on three main objectives of education, health and fitness, and social recreation. The program allows members to learn integrity by electing officers and working together to improve both their club and their community.
YOUTH OF THE YEAR
Youth of the Year is a Boys & Girls Clubs Teen Leadership Development and Recognition Program and is the highest honor a Club kid can receive. Youth of the Year programming focuses on four main pillars; leadership, service to the community, academic excellence, and dedication to a healthy lifestyle. The Youth of the Year will serve as an ambassador for their Club and Boys & Girls of Greater Scottsdale. Candidates selected are not only amazing club kids, but also teens who excel outside of the Club and are truly leaders in their community. It is an honor to be chosen to be a part of this program and to represent Boys & Girls Clubs. A statement from Boys & Girls Clubs of America explains, “these amazing young people represent the voice and spirit of hope for America. Inspiring all kids to lead. To succeed. To inspire.” Though this program is extensive – participants will learn many skills that will prepare them beyond their time at Boys & Girls Clubs.
What’s Hip is a program for high school girls focused on building young women up and getting them to recognize their self worth. What’s Hip is a five month program consisting of weekly meetings where girls hear from guest speakers and club staff about various issues relating to them. Through the program teen girls learn how to stand up for themselves and become leaders in their community regardless of the hardships in their lives. Each member receives a $100 gift card to spend on new clothes and accessories as the program ends with a fashion show where the teens can show off their new clothes with confidence.
NATIONAL FINE ARTS EXHIBIT
National Fine Arts encourages artistic expression through mediums such as; drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, mixed media and sculpture. Our art programming focuses on one medium a month. Those youth artists whose work shows improvement and promise in their age group are placed in a competition at local and regional exhibits. A panel of distinguished judges selects works for inclusion in the National Fine Arts Exhibit, which is displayed at BGCA events, including the annual National Conference.
IMAGE MAKERS PHOTOGRAPHY
ImageMakers Photography is a year-round program teaching youth the art and science of photography. After local and regional competitions, the ImageMakers National Photography Contest yields regional and national winners ages 6-18 whose photographs compete in several categories: Culture and Tradition, Portraits, Nature and Surroundings, Fashion and Style, and Editing and Filter. The annual contest is designed to help Club members go beyond taking simple snapshots on their phones and develop the skills to produce photographs that can truly impact a viewer.
Triple Play is a dynamic health and wellness program that demonstrates how eating right, staying fit and forming positive relationships add up to a healthy lifestyle. The program helps members make and achieve a plan for their mind, body and soul. By promoting fun, engaging physical activities and proper nutrition, Club members learn the importance of being physically healthy and how that can improve mental health as well.
Healthy Habits addresses the “mind” aspect of triple play by teaching youth nutrition education through activities focusing on helping youth assess, practice, identify, consider, and recognize health behaviors and messages. Healthy Habits empowers youth to eat right by covering the power of choice, calories, vitamins and minerals, the food pyramid and appropriate portion sizes.
SMART Girls helps girls ages 8 to 18 learn healthy attitudes of how to positively see themselves and others. The program covers health, fitness, and self-esteem enhancement through dynamic sessions, participatory activities, field trips and mentoring opportunities with adult women. Club girls explore their own and societal attitudes and values as they build skills for eating right, staying physically fit, getting good health care and developing positive relationships with peers and adults.
PASSPORT TO MANHOOD
Passport to Manhood encourages boys age 8 to 14 to develop and mature into young men. The program engages young boys in discussions and activities that reinforce character, service, leadership and positive behavior. Each participant receives a “passport” showing that he is on a personal journey of maturation and growth. Each session uses interactive activities to focus on a specific aspect of character and manhood.
SMART Moves (Skills Mastery and Resilience Training) is a prevention and education program that addresses drug and alcohol use and premature sexual activity. Club members engage in discussion and role-playing while practicing resilience, developing assertiveness and strengthening their decision-making skills. The ultimate goal is to promote the practice of responsible behavior.