Character and Leadership Development | Education and Career Development
Health and Life Skills | The Arts | Sports, Fitness and Recreation | Shuttle Program
Our Core Programs
Our trained professional staff offer Club members diversified programs and activities that recognize developmental principals in five core areas based on boy’s and girl’s physical, emotional, cultural, social needs, & interests.
We empower young people to support and influence their community, sustain meaningful relationships, develop a positive self-image, participate in the democratic process and respect their own and other’s cultural identities.
One major activity in this area is our “Youth of the Year” program. Annually, Club members undergo an application and interview process with one individual, who embodies the aforementioned characteristics, being selected as our “Youth of the Year.” The youngster then moves on to compete on the state, regional and national levels, vying for scholarship money and the opportunity to become the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s “Youth of the Year.” Another program is a brand new Leadership Program for boys and girls ages 8-17 years old. Leadership Program is a health, fitness, prevention/education and self-esteem enhancement program. The goal of the program is to help boys and girls develop and adopt a healthy attitude and lifestyle, as well as acquire and maintain a positive self-concept, sound decision-making skills and mentor relationships.
We enable young people to become proficient in basic educational disciplines, apply leaning to everyday situations and embrace technology to optimize employability. We enable youth to develop aspirations for the future through career and educational enhancement.
POWER Hour, our homework and tutoring program, is another activity in this area. Immediately after school, youth are given time to study, read, or finish homework with the help of staff and volunteers. Our computer lab is staffed by an area substitute teacher.
We develop young people’s capacity to engage in positive behaviors that nurture their own well-being, set personal goals and develop the skills to live successfully as self-sufficient, contributing adults. We develop ways to help young people achieve and maintain healthy lifestyles.
SMART Moves, our drug and alcohol prevention education program, is the prime instruction piece in this area. The Club sub-contracts with the Lackawanna County Commission on Drug & Alcohol to implement this program. Another program is the Get Real About Violence Program (GRAV) implemented by Lackawanna County Commission on Drug & Alcohol in Lackawanna County and the Wyoming Valley Alcohol and Drug Services, Inc. in Luzerne County. This program is geared for Club members ages 6-13. The program teaches students skills to be healthy by showing them how to maintain self-control when tempted by violence, resolve conflicts without violence, and prevent or avoid situations by using self control. In addition, a variety of personal hygiene and safety programs, health fairs, and other wellness activities are offered to Club members.
We enable young people to develop their creativity and cultural awareness through knowledge and appreciation of visual, tactile, and/or performing arts programs. We help young people to develop self expression and to acquire multicultural appreciation for artistic endeavors.
Fine Arts and Digital Photography are amongst the more popular art programs offered. Through these, Club members enjoy learning and experiencing the arts.
We encourage youth to develop fitness, positive use of leisure time, skills for stress management, appreciation for the environment and positive social and interpersonal skills. We stress teamwork and cooperation within a competitive athletic environment. We encourage participation and fair play in all young people.
The Boys & Girls Clubs’ After School Shuttle Program is a program where the Club provides transportation for a Club member directly from school to the Club daily. In addition, transportation is provided to the Club for any planned or unplanned early dismissals. Once at the Club, the children are fed, given help with their homework, and are provided with a variety of supervised activities in which to participate. Once the program is over at 5:30 p.m., the children may continue to participate in our Core Program, which runs until 8:00 p.m. for those ages 10 and under or 8:45 p.m. for those ages 11 and older. For the 2009-2010 school year, the Club charges a nominal fee of $35 per week per child. “Shuttleships” are available. For more information contact Evelyn Evans at (570) 342-8709 ext. 119.