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Teen Programs

Boys and Girls Club

Teen programs, designed specifically for ages 13-18, provide meaningful experiences today so teens are ready to chase their dreams tomorrow.

To participate in our Virtual Teen Program during COVID-19, contact Krystle Adams at kadams@bgcppnj.org.

Diplomas 2 Degrees

D2D

Boys and Girls Club

College Readiness for Teens
With the generous support of Toyota Financial Services, Diplomas to Degrees (d2D), provides a range of services that guide Club members as they work toward high school graduation and prepare for post-secondary education and career success.

Money Matters

Money Matters

Boys and Girls Club

Money Matters promotes financial responsibility and independence among Club members ages 13 to 18 by building their basic money management skills. Participants learn how to manage a checking account, create a budget, save and invest, start small businesses and pay for college.

Passport 2 Manhood

Passport to Manhood

Boys and Girls Club

Passport to Manhood promotes and teaches responsibility in Club boys ages 11 to 14 and consists of 14 sessions, each concentrating on a specific aspect of character and manhood through 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. The program includes a service project where boys learn the importance of giving back to the community. Passport to Manhood represents a targeted effort to engage young boys in discussions and activities that reinforce character, leadership and positive behavior.

Smart Girls

Smart Girls

Boys and Girls Club

SMART Girls is a health, fitness, prevention/education and self-esteem enhancement program for girls ages 8 to 17 which offers 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. Other topics addressed include how the media influences attitudes about females; date rape and sexual harassment; sexually transmitted diseases; sexual myths and truths; getting regular gynecological care; and physical and emotional changes girls experience.

Youth of the Year

Youth of the Year

Boys and Girls Club

Established in 1947, Youth of the Year is BGCA’s premier recognition program for Club members, promoting service to Club, community and family; academic success; strong moral character; life goals; and poise and public speaking ability. The program is most effective when used as a year-round tool for fostering young people’s character, personal growth and leadership qualities.

Local Clubs recognize members ages 14 to 18 as Youth of the Month winners and select a Youth of the Year, who then participates in state competitions. State winners each receive a $1,000 scholarship and participate in regional competitions. Five regional winners each receive a $10,000 scholarship and compete on the national level. The National Youth of the Year receives up to an additional $50,000 scholarship and is installed by the President of the United States.

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