What We Do

What We Do

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:

Michael Phelps Foundation's im 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.

Torch Clubs 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.

Keystone Clubs
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.

Brain Gain: Read summer program combines reading and fun enrichment activities to help curb summer learning loss. Learn more here!

Nutrition at the Clubs Healthy meals and snacks, along with our Healthy Habits programming, are essential to the Club member experience. Last year alone, we served 91,000 healthy meals and snacks to members, up 12% from the prior year. Additionally, Healthy Habits curricula happens twice a week on average at each of our five locations, where volunteers visit at least once a week, including nutritionists and other professionals, to teach Club members about being healthy, exercising and eating right. We are grateful to the Wal-Mart Foundation for financial support of our Nutrition Program through their State Grant Program in 2016-2017! 

Club Tech Digital Arts Suite and Festivals
Suite of self-directed digital arts courseware consists of Web Tech (Web page design), Design Tech (graphic design), Photo Tech (photo illustration) and Music Tech. Movie Tech contains detailed instructor materials for teaching members to write screenplays and facilitating the hands-on process of filming and editing digital movies.

SMART Girls 
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, highly participatory activities, field trips and mentoring opportunities with adult women, Club girls explore their own and 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.Program consists of 14 highly interactive activities that reinforce positive behavior.

Organized Sports Leagues
Inter-Club and intramural sports leagues. Basketball leagues for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade boys or girls who do not play for the public middle school league.
MusicMakers encourages musical expression for youth ages 6-18 through group music lessons, singing and songwriting. Design the program to meet the interests of Club members.

Triple Play: A Game Plan for Mind, Body & Soul
Empowering youth to make healthier choices, this program takes a holistic approach to educating youth about good nutrition, making physical fitness a daily practice and developing individual strengths and good character.

Healthy Habits is the “Mind” component, which emphasizes eating smart and maintaining physical fitness to improve the overall well-being of Club members. Physical Fitness is the “Body” component, with daily fitness challenges, tournaments, and inter-Club competitions in multiple team sports for youth. Social Recreation is the “Soul” component, with gamesroom activities, tournaments, and skill-building techniques to develop good character and social skills.

Triple Play is a national partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America, sponsored by the Anthem Foundation + Coca-Cola. 

Academic Success

Programs that help Club members graduate from high school ready for collage, trade school, military or employment.

Good Character + Citizenship

Programs that help Club members be engaged citizens involved in the community, register to vote and model strong character.

Healthy Lifesyles

Programs that help Club members adopt a healthy diet, practice healthy lifestyle choices and make a lifelong commitment to fitness.
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