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Our Programs

Every day after school and all day in the summer, Boys & Girls Club members participate in a variety of fun and exciting programs and activities. Our goal is to engage youth in a positive, safe, and enriching environment while focusing on five core program areas to ensure that all children who walk through our doors achieve academic success, develop good character and citizenship, and live healthier, more active lifestyles.

 

Education & Career Development

CareerLaunch

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 help teens build their job-search skills and job readiness by using the CareerLaunch Facilitator Guide and working with teens individually or in small groups. CareerLaunch provides Club teens, staff and volunteers with online career exploration, college and job search information and interactive activities. Mentoring, job shadowing and training opportunities round out the program. CareerLaunch is sponsored nationally by Bank of America and Gap Foundation. 

Diplomas to Degrees (d2D)

Thanks to the generous support of Toyota Financial Services and Darden Restaurants, Diplomas to Degrees (d2D) is a college readiness program which 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 staff have access to a Facilitator’s Guide with fun high-yield activities and a Teen College Guide, complete with tips on achieving academic success and planning for post-secondary education. In addition, teens can access d2D information and resources at any time on BGCA's teen website here.

Graduate for Más

Graduate for Más is a program track offered to Club members in partnership with Taco Bell Foundation, providing tools and resources to teens while tracking their progress toward graduation and life goals.

Money Matters: Make It Count

Money Matters promotes financial responsibility and independence among Club members ages 13-18 by building their basic money management skills. Participants learn how to manage a checking account, budget, save and invest. Members also learn about starting small businesses and paying for college. This program is ponsored nationally by the Charles Schwab Foundation.

Power Hour: Making Minutes Count

Power Hour: Making Minutes Count helps Club members ages 6-18 achieve academic success by providing homework help, tutoring and high-yield learning activities and encourages members to become self-directed learners. Power Hour also provides staff and volunteers with materials including practical tips and best practices for recognition and incentives, behavior management, volunteer recruitment and training, collaboration with other organizations, use of technology and the Internet.

Project Learn

Project Learn reinforces and enhances the skills and knowledge young people (ages 6-18) learn at school during the hours they spend at the Club. Through Project Learn, Club staff use all the areas and programs in the Club to create opportunities for these high-yield learning activities, which include leisure reading, writing activities, discussions with knowledgeable adults, helping others, homework help and tutoring, and games like Scrabble that develop young people's cognitive skills.

 

Character & Leadership Development

Youth of the Year

As Boys & Girls Clubs of America's premier youth recognition program for Club members, the Youth of the Year program promotes and celebrates service to Club, community and family; academic performance; moral character; life goals; and poise and public speaking ability. Through a rigorous evaluation process, local Clubs designate one outstanding member to serve as its local Youth of the Year ambassador. Local winners advance to the State Youth of the Year competition and if selected, receive $1,000 scholarships and participate in regional competitions. Five regional winners each receive an engraved plaque, a $10,000 scholarship and compete on the national level. The National Youth of the Year receives an additional $50,000 scholarship and is installed by the President of the United States.

Torch Clubs

Torch Clubs are charter small-group leadership and service clubs for boys and girls ages 11-13. Torch Club members learn to elect officers and work together to implement activities in four areas: service to Club and community, education, health and fitness and social recreation.

Keystone Clubs

Keystoning is the Boys & Girls Club Movement’s most dynamic teen program. It affords teens an opportunity to gain valuable leadership and service experience in three areas: academic success, career exploration and community service.

 

Health & Life Skills

Healthy Habits 

The Healthy Habits progam is 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 for Club members ages 6 to 15, Healthy Habits is the Mind component of Triple Play: A Game Plan for the Mind, Body and Soul. Learn more about this comprehensive program.

SMART Moves

Participants of the SMART Moves (Skills Mastery and Resistance Training) program are exposed to various activities designed to hone their decision-making and critical-thinking skills, as well as learn how to avoid and/or resist alcohol, tobacco, other drugs and premature sexual activity.

SMART Leaders

SMART Leaders is a booster program to SMART Moves. This program keeps teens involved in the SMART Moves program after Stay SMART reinforces skills and knowledge youth learned in SMART Moves and prepares teens as leaders to help their peers resist using alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, as well as postpone sexual activity.

SMART Girls

SMART Girls is a small-group health, fitness, prevention/education and self esteem enhancement program designed to meet the developmental needs of girls in three age groups. 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 promotes and teaches responsibility in Club boys ages 8-17. Passport to Manhood represents a targeted effort to engage young men in discussions and activities that reinforce positive behavior. Passport to Manhood is an excellent complement to SMART Girls.

 

The Arts

Thanks to local partnerships with South Georgia Ballet and the Thomasville Center for the Arts, a variety of programs in this core area enable Club members to develop their creativity and cultural awareness through knowledge and appreciation of the visual arts, crafts and performing arts.

 

Sports Fitness & Recreation

Triple Play

Triple Play, BGCA’s comprehensive health and wellness initiative, strives to improve the overall health of members, ages 6-18, by increasing their daily physical activity, teaching them good nutrition and helping them develop healthy relationships.

JRBGC Instructional Baseball League

Thanks to a generous grant received from Baseball Tomorrow Fund as well as the City of Cairo, Flowers Foods, Woodhaven Furniture Industries, Musco Lighting and Scotts Miracle-Gro, this exciting new program is available to Cairo-Grady County youth ages 6-12 and teaches baseball and softball fundamentals.

 


 

Thomasville Youth Center & Thomasville Teen Center

       After School Program

       Summer Program

 

Jackie Robinson Boys & Girls Club of Cairo-Grady County

       After School Program 

       Summer Program

 

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