Our nationally recognized programs and activities impact youth in three essential ways: Academic Success, Healthy Lifestyles and Good Character & Citizenship. Boys & Girls Clubs adapted BGCA's Formula for Impact, a road map for implementing five key elements that ensure positive experiences for youth and help them achieve the three priority outcomes listed above.
The five key elements to a successful Club member experience have been identified as: A safe, positive environment; Fun; Supportive relationships; Opportunities & expectations; and Recognition.
Our programs vary from Club to Club, allowing each Club to create programs tailored to their specific communities and member demographics. Here are just some of the many programs offered among our five locations
in Greater Portland and Lewiston/Auburn:
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Learn to Swim program provides learn-to-swim instruction, as well as goal-setting and healthy living lessons, in partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
Project Learn reinforces and enhances the skills and knowledge young people learn at school during the hours they spend at the Club. This comprehensive program strategy is based on Dr. Reginald Clark’s research showing that students do much better in school when they spend their non-school hours engaged in fun, but academically beneficial, activities. Through Project Learn, Club staff use all the areas and programs in the Club to create opportunities for youth.
Money Matters: Make It Count promotes financial responsibility and independence among Club members ages 13-18 by building their basic money management skills. Participants learn how to manage a checking account, budget, save and invest. They also learn about starting small businesses and paying for college.
are charter small-group leadership and service clubs for boys and girls ages 11-13. A 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 development. 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.
Keystoning is the Boys & Girls Club Movement’s most dynamic teen program. Keystone Clubs are chartered leadership and service clubs for boys and girls ages 14-18. Keystoners elect officers and implement activities in six areas: service to Club and community, character and leadership development, education and career exploration, unity, free enterprise and social recreation.Each year, members develop a National Keystone Service Project, where members learn through interactive work the concepts of service-learning.(Example:Earth Day & Beyond Clean-and-Green-up Community)
National Fine Arts Exhibit
encourages artistic expression for youth ages 6-18 through drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, mixed media and sculpture. Art pieces are displayed at local galleries and exhibits. A panel of distinguished judges selects works for inclusion in the National Fine Arts Exhibit, which debuts at BGCA's annual National Conference and is displayed throughout the following year at other BGCA events.
ImageMakers encourages youth ages 6-18 to learn and practice black-and-white, color, digital and alternative process photography. Youth can use the ImageMakers website to further enhance their photography experiences.