Programs

Boys and Girls Club of Oklahoma County | Programs

The Boys & Girls Clubs offers daily access to a broad range of programs in BGCA’s five core program areas: Character and Leadership Development; Education and Career Development; Health and Life Skills; The Arts; and Sports, Fitness and Recreation. All Boys & Girls Club programs incorporate a youth development approach that fosters a sense of belonging, competence, usefulness and influence among young people. Our programs help young people develop self-confidence and self-esteem. 

Character and Development

Character and Development 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, engage in civil service and respect their own and other’s cultural identities. Some of our programs include: 

Torch Club

Torch Club

Torch Club is a powerful vehicle through which Club staff can help meet the special character development needs of younger adolescents at a critical stage in their life. Torch Club members learn to elect officers and work together to implement activities in four areas: service to Club and community; education; health and fitness; and social recreation.

Keystone Leadership

Keystone Club

This unique leadership development experience provides opportunities for young people ages 14-18. Youth participate, both in and out of the Club, in activities in three focus areas: academic success, career preparation and community service. With the guidance of an adult advisor, Keystone Clubs aim to have a positive impact on members, the Club and community.

Youth of the Year

Youth of the Year

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

Educational and Career Development

Educational and Career Development enables youth to become proficient in basic educational disciplines and apply that learning to achieve success in their future educational and career endeavors. Some of our programs include: Power Hour Homework Assistance, Tutoring, Career & College Prep, Money Matters, Technology Centers, Literacy Programs and more. 

Diplomas 2 Degrees

Diplomas 2 Degrees

BGCA’s new college readiness program, provides a range of services to guide Club members as they work toward high school graduation and prepare for post-secondary education and career success.

Junior Staff

Junior Staff

Junior staff assists Club members ages 13-18 in exploring a career in youth or human services, particularly Boys & Girls Club work. Young people prepare for future roles as human services professionals by participating in career development activities, discovering the importance of community service, building customer service skills and completing a Club apprenticeship. Clubs that implement this program make an investment in the development of Club members’ interpersonal skills, work ethic and sense of community responsibility.

Power Hour

Sonic Power Hour 

Sonic Power Hour materials provide practical tips and best practices for recognition and incentives, behavior management, volunteer recruitment and training, collaboration with other organizations and use of technology and the internet.

CareerLaunch

CareerLaunch 

CareerLaunch encourages Club members ages 13 to 18 to assess their skills and interests, explore careers, make sound educational decisions and prepare to join our nation’s work force. Club staff or volunteers use the Career Exploration Quick Reference Guide to work with teens individually or in small groups to build their job-search skills and job readiness.

Money Matters

Money Matters

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

Health and Life Skills

Health and Life Skills develop young people’s capacity to engage in positive behavior’s that nurture their well-being, set personal goals and live successfully as productive and responsible citizens. Club programs include: SMART Moves, SMART Girls, Passport to Manhood, behavioral health services, and healthy eating programs.

Passport to Manhood

Passport to Manhood

Passport to Manhood promotes and teaches responsibility in Club boys 11 to 14. Each participant receives his own “passport” to underscore the notion that he is on a personal journey of maturation and growth. It represents a targeted effort to engage young boys in discussions and activities that reinforce character, leadership and positive behavior.

Smart Moves

SMART Moves

The SMART Moves (Skills Mastery and Resistance Training) prevention/education program addresses problems such as drug and alcohol use and premature sexual activity. 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.

Smart Girls

SMART Girls

SMART Girls encourages young women – ages 8 to 17 – to have healthy attitudes and lifestyles helping them to 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.

The Arts

The Arts enable youth to develop their creativity and cultural awareness through knowledge and appreciation of the visual arts, crafts, performing arts and creative writing.

National Fine Arts Exhibit

National Fine Arts Exhibit

This year round program encourages artistic expression among Club members ages 6 to 18 through drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, mixed media and sculpture displayed at local and regional exhibits.

Digital Arts Festivals

Digital Arts Festivals

Club Tech’s Digital Arts Suite teaches members ages 6 to 18 how to create computer-generated art. The festivals showcase members digitally created masterpieces.

Image Makers

ImageMakers

This year round program encourages Club members ages 6 to 18 to learn and practice black-and-white, color, digital and alternative process photography.

Sports, Fitness and Recreation

Sports, Fitness and Recreation develop fitness, positive use of leisure time, skills for stress management, teamwork, and appreciation for the environment and social and interpersonal skills. Club members get the opportunity to join and participate in team sports such as karate, soccer, basketball.

Triple Play

Triple Play

Triple Play strives to improve the overall health of Club members’ ages 6-18 by increasing their daily physical activity, teaching them good nutrition and helping them develop healthy relationships.

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