Working to keep teens in school longer and increase graduation rates

Reaching and retaining teenage Club members is critical to the success of our children. Far too often, parents feel that their pre-teens and teens no longer need the type of supervision offered by the Boys & Girls Clubs.  This couldn’t be farther from the truth.

Teen years are pivotal in a child’s life, and often the period where they become involved in negative behaviors such as gang involvement, premature sexual activities and dropping out of school.  Statistically, more children drop out of school during their freshman and sophomore years. Teen pregnancy often occurs during after school periods when left without adult supervision.

The Clubs newest stand-alone facilities are built with teens in mind. Clubs offer a number of amenities that encourage teen involvement including full gyms, dance studios, computer labs and teen-only lounges and game rooms.

An educational program which provides teens with information on obtaining and retaining employment covering items such as filling out an employment application, resume writing, dressing for success, skill training and work ethics.  Youth who successfully complete the program are eligible for employment with the Clubs as junior staff throughout the year or the summer.

Smart Girls is a small group health fitness prevention/education and self-esteem enhancement program designed to meet the developmental needs of girls ages 8-12 and 13-17 through dynamic sessions, field trips, mentoring opportunities with adult women. Club girls explore their own societal attitudes and values as they build skills for eating right, staying physically fit, getting good health care, and developing positive relationships with peers and adults.

Passport to Manhood promotes and teaches responsibility in Club boys ages 11-14. Passport to Manhood consists of 14 sessions, each of which concentrates on a specific aspect of manhood though highly interactive activities. Each Club participant receives his own passport to underscore the notion that he is on a personal journey of maturation and growth.

S.M.A.R.T. stands for Skills Mastery and Resistance Training. This is a nationally acclaimed comprehensive prevention program that helps young people resist alcohol, tobacco, and other drup use, as well as premature sexual activity. SMART Moves feature engaging, interactive, small group activities that increase participants, peer support, enhance their life skills, build their resiliency, and strengthen their leadership skills. The programs components are: SMART kids, for ages 6-9, Start SMART for ages 10-12, Stay SMART ages 13-15, and smart parents.

The Youth of the Year program honors our nation’s most awe-inspiring young people on their path to great futures and encourages all kids to lead, succeed and inspire. The program recognizes and celebrates leadership, academic success, civic responsibility and engagement. Coupled with instilling good character, the Youth of the Year program is an essential part of every Club’s youth development experience Youth of the Year candidates demonstrate positive self-esteem and personal growth; serve as ambassadors for the Club and community; and become voices and advocates of the Club experience. Their success is our triumph.

Being named BGCPBC Youth of the Year is the highest honor a Club member can achieve. Local Youth of the Year winners go on to compete on a state, regional and national levels and have the opportunity to win scholarships at the various levels. In Palm Beach County, thanks to the Mary Alice Fortin Foundation, all Youth of the Year candidates receive a four-year college scholarship with the county winner receiving a four-year university scholarship plus room, board and all fees.

Keystoning is the Boys & Girls Club Movement’s most dynamic teen program. It affords teens an opportunity to gain valuable leadership and service experience. They conduct activities in four key areas: academic success, career exploration, community service and teen outreach.

Aaron’s Inc. sponsors the Keystone Club program as part of a multi-year teen initiative; a strategic partnership between Aaron’s Inc. and BGCA provides Clubs with the tools and resources to create a positive place for teens as well as for kids.


Impact on our Youth

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County has provided a wide variety of nationally recognized and impact driven programs throughout the years and partners with numerous other service providers, such as the Palm Beach County Health Department, Literacy Coalition, local universities, and many others to enhance the learning opportunities of the youth served.

To become a partner with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County and support our Healthy Lifestyles programs, please contact us at or (561) 683-3287.