Programs

PROGRAMS

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Toledo programs are carefully designed to support the achievement of the Youth Development Outcomes for our young people leaving our Clubs at 18. These outcomes include:

  • Positive Self-Identity
  • Educational, Employment, Social, Emotional and Cultural Competencies
  • Community and Civic Involvement
  • Health and Well-Being
  • A Moral Compass
POWER HOUR
An after school homework help program, students work with the instructors on their homework and earn Power Points for achieving weekly academic goals.

CADET CORPS.
A weekly club for 7-, 8-, and 9-year old Club members. Under the guidance of an instructor, members brainstorm and reach consensus on five goals that they will achieve during the week. Club members choose a reward activity for goals achieved. 

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
Torch Club
Torch Clubs are chartered small-group leadership and service clubs for boys and girls age 10-12. The program is a powerful vehicle through which Club staff can help meet the special needs of younger adolescents at a critical stage in their development. Torch Club members learn to work together to plan and implement activities in four areas: service to Club and community; education; health and fitness; and social recreation. Torch Club members also take part in educational activities that focus on personal development. These activities develop socialization, problem-solving communications, goal-setting, and decision-making skills.  

Torch Teen
Torch Teen, a leadership development club for ages 13 through 14, meets the unique development needs of this specific age group. Officers are elected for this group who assist the group in activities, plan and implement Club and community services, and take part in educational activities that focus on personal development.

Keystone Club
Developing tomorrow's leaders, this group is designed for members age 15 through 18. Keystoners participate in programs that focus on service to the Boys & Girls Clubs and to the community. Select members get the opportunity to attend regional and national conferences to share ideas and talk about teen problems with their peers from other Clubs.

COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY
Mastering skills that last a lifetime. Using technology on a daily basis is something many members do not have access to outside of school. Using the Internet at the Club supports a member's homework assignments while keeping them away from unnecessary content on the Web. Before members can use the Internet, they must complete the age appropriate NetSmartz Internet safety curriculum from the Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
SPORTS AND FITNESS
Learning sportsmanship and participating in healthy activities are vitally important to kids in the inner-city. Members of the Boys & Girls Clubs enjoy teams, classes, and leagues in flag football, soccer, baseball, and basketball. In addition, our Fitness Authority Program served 282 kids last year and 85% increased their overall level of fitness. 

ARTS AND CRAFTS
Arts and crafts provide opportunities for kids to think and be creative. Programs enhance self-expression and creativity, skill development and exposure to the Arts. Daily projects, hobby crafts, and cultural festivals are the core of the Arts & Crafts program.

im PROGRAM, MICHAEL PHELPS FOUNDATION
The Michael Phelps Foundation's signature program, im, provides learn-to-swim instruction, as well as goal-setting and healthy lessons to Boys & Girls Clubs of America. 

im was developed in collaboration with KidsHealth.org and the Michael Phelps Swim School, in an effort to bring world-class water safety, recreational aquatic activities, health and wellness education, and goal-setting activities to children. Developed in 2009 and launched as a pilot program across six Boys & Girls Clubs in 2010, the program has successfully reached more than 12,000 Club kids through 37 Clubs across 22 states.

Water is a critical resource, but is also a silent and life-threatening fear for children. 
  • Half a million people drown every year around the world
  • More than half of the drowning victims are children
  • 6 out of 10 African-American and Hispanic/Latino children do not know how to swim; nearly twice the number of Caucasian children
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