These initiatives help youth achieve and maintain healthy, active lifestyles.
Health and Human Services – A partnership with St. John’s Hospital provides mental health counseling members and families (on a referral basis) at no charge. The Club also partners with Revolution Foods and other providers to offer our members free, nutritious snacks during the school year and a hot lunch during summer months.
NetSmartz teaches Internet safety skills through engaging multimedia activities and offline interaction with Club professionals in three age-appropriate modules: Clicky’s Web World (for ages 6 – 7); NetSmartz Rules (for ages 8 – 12); and I-360 (for ages 13 – 18). Topics include personal safety, shopping safety and ethical use of the Internet. To learn more, youth ages 12 and younger can go directly to www.netsmartzkids.org ; while teens, parents and Club staff can learn about Internet safety at www.netsmartz.org. BGCA collaborated with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children to develop NetSmartz.
SMART Girls is a health, fitness, decision making and self-esteem enhancement program for girls ages 8 – 17. The program is designed to encourage healthy attitudes and lifestyles that will enable early adolescent girls to develop to their full potential. Learn more about SMART Girls here .
Passport to Manhood
Passport to Manhood promotes and teaches responsibility while reinforcing positive behavior in male Club members ages 11 – 14. Passport to Manhood consists of small-group sessions, each of which concentrates on a specific aspect of manhood through highly interactive activities. Each participant is issued his own “passport” to underscore the idea that he is on a journey of maturation and personal growth.