Character & Leadership Development
This core program area empowers youth to support and influence their club and community, sustain meaningful relationships with others, develop a positive self image, participate in the democratic process, and respect their own and others cultural identities. This program includes youth of the year, keystone club, junior staff training, and counselor in training program, community service projects, and a snow shoveling program for the elderly.
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 three areas: academic success, career exploration and community service. The Taco Bell Foundation for Teens sponsors the Keystone Club program as part of a multi-year teen initiative; a strategic partnership between the Foundation and BGCA provides Clubs with the tools and resources to create a positive place for teens as well as for kids. Click here for additional Keystone Club information
Youth of the Year
Until 2009, this was called “Boy of the Year.” Congratulations to our 2016 winner Jangel Pereyra.
The Torch Club teaches young adults how to build good character and leadership skills. As part of the Torch Club, members will learn to make good decisions and how to help others.
Health & Life Skills
SMART Girls offers young women – ages 8 to 17 – guidance toward healthy attitudes and lifestyles, eating right, staying fit, getting good health care and more. Encouraging young women to have healthy attitudes and lifestyles, SMART Girls helps them reach their full potential. Through dynamic sessions, group activities, field trips and mentoring opportunities with adult women, Club girls enjoy the opportunity to build skills for eating right, staying physically fit, getting good health care, and developing positive relationships.
Healthy Habits: Triple Play
Designed to incorporate healthy living and active learning in every part of the Club experience, Healthy Habits emphasizes good nutrition, regular physical activity and improving overall well-being. the program, for ages 6 to 15, is the Mind component of Triple Play: A Game Plan for the Mind, Body and Soul.
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 to 7); NetSmartz Rules (for ages 8 to 12); and I-360 (for ages 13 to 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
SMART Moves (Skills Mastery And Resistance Training)
Prevention/education program addresses problems such as drug and alcohol use and premature sexual activity. The program uses a team approach involving Club staff, peer leaders, parents and community representatives. More than simply emphasizing a “Say No” message, the program teaches young people ages 6 to 15 how to say no by involving them in discussion and role-playing, practicing resistance and refusal skills, developing assertiveness, strengthening decision-making skills and analyzing media and peer influence. The ultimate goal: to promote abstinence from substance abuse and adolescent sexual involvement through the practice of responsible behavior.
G.R.E.A.T. (Gang Resistance Education And Training)
Evidence based and effective gang and violence prevention program built around school-based, law enforcement officer-instructed classroom curricula. The Program is intended as an immunization against delinquency, youth violence, and gang membership for children in the years immediately before the prime ages for introduction into gangs and delinquent behavior.
Throughout the year selected members will have their work submitted to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America National Exhibit Contest. Photography instruction is also available which provides resources and opportunities for club members interested in exploring the art of photography. Members’ photos are entered in local, regional, and national competition. The goal of the program is not just to learn how to take pictures but to explore photography as an art form by creating their own visual art. Members learn about color contrast, still life, action photography, shadows and light, and will explore photography as a style of art by learning patience, observation and arrangement.
In addition, members are able to showcase their talents not only through visual and tactile art but also through the art of music and dance.
Daily Art classes are held with various activity themes depending on the season. Some projects include:
The members will create decorations to adorn the halls of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Haverhill. The finale was the turning our gymnasium into “Santa’s Workshop” for our annual Christmas Party held In December.
Haverhill Santa Parade
Members will design and create a float to be displayed in the Haverhill Santa Parade each November.
Our Dance Studio is open daily from 3 – 5:30 pm. Various dance activities and classes are available for kids to participate in. Some activities include:
An instructional program teaching the Basic of Ballet, beginning with positions, both feet and arms. Members will also learn basic steps for movement.
Three times per week, members are able to wind down from their day at school with 45 minutes of yoga. Teaching them breathing techniques as well as proper stretching techniques.