Youth Development Strategy

The Boys & Girls Club of the Umpqua Valley is a non-profit organization serving more than 3000 local youth grades 1st through 12th annually. Since 2001, our programs have delivered outcome-driven experiences that enrich kids’ lives by impacting academic success, good character and citizenship and healthy lifestyles.

The philosophy underlying the Boys & Girls Clubs programming is the Youth Development Strategy. This strategy defines how youth development professionals and volunteers interact with Club members. All programs are designed to maximize opportunities for youth to acquire four basic “senses” which help them build self-esteem and grow into responsible and caring citizens.

The four senses are:

  1. A Sense of Belonging
    Get to know members by name and encourage them to carry and use their membership cards.
  2. A Sense of Usefulness
    Assist members with finding opportunities to help out around the Club and in the community.
  3. A Sense of Competence
    Assist members in acquiring new skills and be recognized for their success.
  4. A Sense of Influence
    Make members aware that they affect those around them and that even the smallest decision or action can help brighten someone’s day.