Our Clubhouse programs are built upon the Five Key Elements for Positive Youth Development in order to help Club members achieve success:
1. Safe, Positive Environment
We strive to create an environment which promotes both physical and emotional safety and health every day. We institute programs and policies to protect our youth from the internet, bullying, and physical harm. We want Club members to feel safe enough to trust, grow, and be themselves. In addition to providing a safe environment, we provide youth with the tools they need to solve problems in a positive way.
Fun is a requirement at the Club! It is the first item on our staff meeting agenda and the main ingredient in many of our activities. From the Bus Greeter who welcomes each child as they arrive at the Club, to Club Staff that dress up in silly costumes for special occasions, to the staff who take a pie in the face during Day for Kids, fun is what creates memorable experiences and creates a strong sense of belonging for members.
3. Supportive Relationships
Staff members actively cultivate meaningful relationships with youth to ensure that every member feels connected. We offer proper guidance to youth, behave ethically to earn their respect, and build trust in these relationships so youth feel acknowledged and supported. When Club members are dealing with personal difficulties — big or small — they know they are not alone. We are here to mentor and assist them.
4. Opportunities & Expectations
The Club creates opportunities for success for its youth. We set clear expectations to promote excellence and ethical behavior. Helping youth achieve academic success is a high priority for Club staff, so we offer the opportunity to get homework help during Power Hour each afternoon. Our Youth of the Year program sets high standards for youth as they compete to earn our highest award. Members of the Month are selected for the strong character and leadership they display at the Club. Club members learn to take pride in the Club and learn quickly to “respect self, respect others, respect the Club.”
Club members are recognized for their accomplishments and contributions to the Club every day. Whether it’s praise for a job well done, or a congratulations for a Healthy Habits graduation, Club staff make a point to discover the best in each child. Formal recognition programs which showcase young people’s achievements include Member of the Day, Member of the Month, Youth of the Year, participation in the National Art Exhibit and our annual Celebrate Kids Dinner. All recognition provides
positive reinforcement as children grow, mature, and experience success.