For our members ages 13 years and older, the Club has a dedicated Teen Center and Teen Programs Coordinator. Our goal is to provide a safe, positive environment for teens often making the choice between hanging out with friends on the streets or hanging out with friends at the Club. In addition to providing teen nights and dances, the programs encourage camaraderie, acceptance, safety and supportive staff.
Diplomas 2 Degrees
Diplomas 2 Degrees (d2D) is Boys & Girls Club of America’s (BGCA) college readiness, access and success program, which provides a range of services to help guide Club members through high school graduation and make plans for post-secondary education and career success.
Career Launch is BGCA’s premier career development program providing a range of services to help Club members develop the skills essential for workforce success. This includes not only getting and keeping a job, but also finding a career that fits each member’s interests and talents.
Money Matters promotes financial responsibility and independence among teen members by building their basic money management skills. Group sessions center around information and activities in the Teen Personal Finance Guide — a fun, interactive booklet containing practical tips and activities to help teens learn the important skills of balancing a checkbook, creating a budget, saving, investing and paying for college.
Youth for Unity
The goal of Youth for Unity is to engage members in activities designed to promote diversity and combat prejudice, bigotry and discrimination. The program consists of activities to help teen members:
1) appreciate themselves as unique and special individuals;
2) understand our society’s diversity;
3) recognize bias and unfairness; and
4) take personal leadership in confronting bias.
Teen Volunteer Program
Members who are age 14 or older are encouraged to volunteer at the Club. In order to do so, they must apply and be “offered” a volunteer position. Teen volunteers help in program areas and with various projects at the Club. Wearing volunteer vests while they are on duty, teen volunteers help in many ways, including assisting staff in program areas, in the Kids Café and/or with sports events.