Programs vary by branch location and are tailored to specific communities and member demographics.
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Our Program Philosophy
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica’s programs are proven to keep children on the right track in life, and the programs are fun!
BGCSM serves its members with programs – offered in a supportive, non-competitive environment. We provide a world-class Club Experience that assures success is within reach of every young person who walks through our doors, with all members on track to graduate from high school with a plan for the future, demonstrating good character and citizenship, and living a healthy lifestyle.
Youth Development Strategy
The Boys & Girls Club Youth Development Strategy is designed to build self-esteem and allow our youth to live full, satisfying, and productive lives. It is important that all programs and activities promote these efforts to their fullest potential.
- A sense of competence – young people feel proud and confident when they acquire new skills. They get a sense of pride when they accomplish a job well done.
- A sense of usefulness – young people get a feeling of satisfaction when doing something of value for others.
- A sense of belonging – young people know when they are accepted because they feel welcomed.
- A sense of power and influence – young people feel valued when their opinions are heard.
Anti-Bullying Initiatives: Understanding Aggressive Behavior & Combating Bullying
Keystone and Torch Clubs: Character Development and Community Service Clubs
Leaders in Training: Leadership and Service to the Club Community, Service Learning Projects and Travel Opportunities
Technology Leadership Club: Leadership through Club Technology Initiatives
Triple Play Leadership Clubs: Sports Leadership Program for Ages 13-18
Youth of the Month and Year: Recognition Initiatives for Outstanding Youth
Healthy Habits: Healthy Living and Active Learning about Nutrition, Fitness, and Improving Overall Health & Well-Being
NetSmartz: Internet Safety Skills through Multimedia Activities
Nutritious Snacks and Meals: Nutrition, Gardening and Cooking Classes
Passport to Manhood & SMART Girls: Small Group Health & Fitness, Prevention, Self-Esteem-Building, Resisting Negative Choices
Triple Play Daily Challenge: Fun Activities that Inspire Health and Fitness
Triple Play Games Tournament: Social Recreation Tournaments
Triple Play SMART Gamesroom: Sponsored Play Where Mentoring Begins
Triple Play Sports: Basketball, Baseball, Softball, T-Ball, Flag Football, Soccer, Street Hockey, Handball & Volleyball
Arts: Fine Arts, Music Lessons, Theory, Dance, Drama
Be GREAT: Graduate: High School Drop-Out Intervention Program
CareerLaunch: Career Panels and College Exploration Skills
College Bound: Post-Secondary Education Preparation
Diplomas to Degrees: College Readiness and Future Success Programs
Fine Arts Exhibit & Digital Arts Festivals: National Fine Arts Program with Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BCGA)
Imagemakers: National Photography Program with BGCA and Sony
Media Centers: Animation, Video, Music Composition, Filmmaking
Money Matters: Financial Skills Workshops
Music and Sound Studio: Compose and Record Music, Learn to Play Instruments
National Fine Arts Exhibit: Local, Regional and National Competitions in Fine Art Mediums
Power Hour: Homework and School Success for All Ages
Technology Centers: PC Repair, Tech Superstars, LEGO Robotics, Young Engineers, Claymation
Tutoring, L3: Live, Laugh, Love Tutoring Program