Teen Centers have been established at all of the Branches and offer programs that directly focus on issues pertaining to today’s teenager.
Teens intereact with their peers and a full-time Teen Director and participate in educational and social activities. Teens are also given the opportunity to join peer leadership groups, civic groups, travel to national conventions, work part-time at the Club and much more!
This unique leadership development experience provides opportunities for young people ages 14 to 18. Youth participate, both in and out of the Club, in activities targeted at supporting: academic success, career preparation, teen outreach and community service. With the guidance of an adult advisor, Keystone Clubs aim to have a positive impact on members, the Club and community.
Annually, Boys & Girls Clubs of America hosts the National Keystone Conference, a character and leadership development conference for Club teens that brings together members from all across the globe. Throughout the conference, Keystone members engage and socialize with peers, explore relevant issues, and develop skills to support and enhance efforts in their local communities.
Youth of the Year is Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s premier recognition program for Club members, promoting service to Club, community and family; academic success; strong moral character; life goals; and poise and public speaking ability.
Locally, our Clubs recognize members who are high school sophomores through seniors to represent their Clubs at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley annual competition. The winner of that title moves on to the state competition. State winners each receive a $1,000 scholarship and participate in regional competitions. Five regional winners each receive a $10,000 scholarship and compete on the national level. The National Youth of the Year receives up to an additional $50,000 scholarship and is installed by the President of the United States.
Learn more about our Youth of the Year program here.
Diplomas to Degrees or d2D, is our premier college readiness program. d2D 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.
Club members receive a Teen College Guide, complete with tips on achieving academic success and planning for post-secondary education.
This program promotes financial responsibility and independence in members ages 13-18. Participants will learn how to manage a checking account, create a budget, the basic principles behind savings, investment, and entrepreneurship in addition to how to pay for college. The Money Matters website helps teens build their money management skills through interactive activities, games and tools such as a savings and financial aid calculator to help them plan for college.
CareerLaunch encourages Club members ages 13 to 18 to assess their skills and interests, explore careers, make sound educational decisions and prepare to join our nation's work force. Club staff or volunteers use the Career Exploration Quick Reference Guide to work with teens individually or in small groups to build their job-search skills and job readiness. The easy-to-read CareerLaunch Teen Tips is pocket sized and full of practical job-hunting advice for young people.
The CareerLaunch website, www.careerlaunch.net, provides Club teens, staff and volunteers with online career exploration, college and job search information and interactive activities. Mentoring, job shadowing and training opportunities are integrated in the program.
Club members learn how to achieve mutually supportive relationships free of violence and abuse. The program also encourages youth to become community advocates for relationships that promote equality and respect while combating the attitudes and behaviors that lead to dating, sexual and domestic violence.
Passport to Manhood promotes and teaches responsibility to boys ages 11 to 18. Passport to Manhood consists of 14 sessions, each focusing on a specific aspect of character and manhood through highly interactive activities. Each Club participant receives his own “passport” to underscore the notion that he is on a personal journey of maturation and growth.
The program includes a service project where boys learn the importance of giving back to the community. Passport to Manhood represents a targeted effort to engage young boys in discussions and activities that reinforce character, leadership and positive behavior.
SMART Girls offers young women ages 8 to 18, guidance toward healthy attitudes and lifestyles, eating right, staying fit and more.
Encouraging young women to have healthy attitudes and lifestyles, SMART Girls helps them reach their full potential. Through dynamic sessions, group activities, field trips and mentoring opportunities with adult women, Club girls enjoy the opportunity to build skills for eating right, staying physically fit, getting good health care, and developing positive relationships.
Other topics addressed include how the media influences attitudes about females; date rape and sexual harassment; sexually transmitted diseases; sexual myths and truths; getting regular gynecological care; and physical and emotional changes that girls experience.