The CLUB: Teens & Tweens
The CLUB is a space within the Boys & Girls Club of Bluffton created especially for teens and tweens, apart from our younger members. It is a safe place where our teens and tweens can be themselves without feeling the pressure of being judged. At The CLUB, teens and tweens have access to resources and experiences that expose them to a world of opportunities. Plus, The CLUB is a comfortable place to hang out with friends, connect with caring mentors and participate in fun activities like sports, arts and volunteerism.
There are many teens and tweens in the greater Bluffton area in desperate need of something positive to do that is a meaningful alternative to the all too prevalent options of crime and drugs. More and more of our young people need the Boys & Girls Club of Bluffton more than ever because they have no other place to go. This set of circumstances places our teens in a highly vulnerable position.
The Boys & Girls Club of Bluffton is committed to serving teens, tweens and young adults with programs geared toward their needs and interests.
Think Ink | Ages 11-18
In collaboration with USCB students Creative Writing Organization we are launching Think Ink. Think Ink is a program geared towards self-expression through poetry and proses. These amazing Authors of The Pen are thrilled to be working with the members each week.
Khan Academy | Ages 11-18
Khan Academy (KA) is a math tutoring program used to teach math and other subjects (math, science, social studies). Members work at their own pace and level, with individualized materials provided within Khan Academy to help each member get to grade level and then meet or exceed all standards. Tutors are to provide additional guidance as needed. This program is ran each academic quarter and supports “Academic Success”, a priority outcome of the BGCA “Formula for Impact.”
P.A.G.E.S. (Pursuing & Achieving Gramatically Enhancing Skills | Ages 11-18
Pursing & Achieving Grammatically Enhancing Skills (P.A.G.E.S.) is a new extension of the reading program aimed at assisting middle school and high school students within the club whom may not be reading at level. Each reading session will be done aloud, as to give participants the opportunity to practice their reading and annunciation skills. Along with reading the book, the group will also cover vocabulary terms, literary devices, character arcs & story arcs.
Explorers: Learning for Life | Ages 12-18
Explorers: Learning for Life is education and career development program funded by the Berkeley Hall Charitable Foundation designed to enhance the lives of teens ages 12-18 by exposing them to careers in law enforcement, character-building volunteer work and discipline through routine physical training. The Explorer program has been a platform from which countless young adults have launched successful careers in law enforcement, public safety, military, criminal justice and other fields at local, state and federal levels.
V.I.S.A. (Voting, Impact, Student, Awareness) | Ages 13-18
V.I.S.A (Voting Impact Student Awareness) empowers students to understand the electoral process, the importance of voting, the history of gaining the right to vote, understanding electoral terms/vocabulary and the use of social media to influence voting trends. It also provides the opportunity for participants to become personally engaged in the voting process by becoming Poll Mangers/workers.
Passport to Manhood | Ages 8-18
Passport to Manhood represents a targeted effort to engage young boys in discussions and activities that reinforce character, leadership and positive behavior. Each participant receives a "passport" to underscore the notion that he is on a personal journey of maturation and growth. Each of the program's 14 sessions use interactive activities to focus on a specific aspect of character and manhood. It also includes a service project where boys learn the importance of giving back to the community.
Smart Girls | Ages 8 -18
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, spanning ages 8 to 18. Through dynamic sessions, participatory activities, field trips and mentoring opportunities with adult women, Club girls explore their own 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.
Keystone | Ages 14-18
Keystone Clubs provide leadership development opportunities for young people ages 14 to 18. Youth participate in activities in three focus areas: academic success, career preparation and community service. With the guidance of an adult advisor, Keystone Clubs aim to have a positive impact on members, the Club and community.
BGCA hosts an annual National Keystone Conference for Boys & Girls 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 Boys & Girls Clubs and communities.
Torch Club | Ages 11-13
Torch Club is a “club within the Club,” helping to meet the special character-development needs of younger adolescents at a critical stage in their life.
A Torch Club is a powerful vehicle through which young people develop and strengthen their 21st-century leadership skills, giving them a firm foundation of good character and integrity. Torch Club members elect officers and work together to implement projects in the four focus areas: service to Club and community; education; health and fitness; and social recreation.
CareerLaunch | Ages 14-18
CareerLaunch encourages Club members ages 14 to 18 to assess their skills and interests, explore careers, make sound educational decisions and prepare to join our nation's workforce. Club staff and 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. The CareerLaunch page provides Club teens, staff and volunteers with online career explorations, college and job search information and interactive activities. Mentoring, job shadowing and training opportunities.
Money Matters | Ages 14-18
Young adults in our country today are facing a perfect storm of personal and social pressures that can compromise their financial well-being. Record lows in savings, record highs in student and consumer debt, increasing living costs and uncertain employment prospects. Money Matters helps young people learn financial literacy so they can make good financial choices as adults. Participants learn how to manage a checking account, create a budget, save and invest, start a small business and pay for college.
Teens who complete Money Matters show improved financial management skills, including saving money and sticking to a budget.
Junior Staff | Ages 14-18
Junior Staff assists Club members ages 14 to 18 in exploring 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. The program develops Club members' interpersonal skill, work ethic and sense of community responsibility