Every day at 5:00 p.m. Club members enjoy a healthy snack together. Snacks include foods from at least two major food groups and are served by trained snack helpers. The East Side, South Side Village and Jerry Gamble locations provide full meals through the Pawn America Kids Feeding Kids program.
Part of a national Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) program, Triple Play teaches members of all ages about diet, health and exercise. Members learn the importance of healthy food choices and being active every day.
SMART Moves (Skills Mastery and Resistance Training) takes a team approach to helping kids say no to drugs, alcohol and adolescent sexual activity. Club staff, peer leaders, parents and community representatives engage kids in discussions, role-play and practicing resistance to help them make smart choices even under pressure from peers.
Kids gain confidence in the kitchen as they learn to bake cakes, make spaghetti and prepare other dishes. As they hone their cooking skills, kids also learn about nutrition, kitchen safety and food handling.
Interactive sessions help kids learn about and maintain good oral health. The program covers human and animal tooth anatomy, dental hygiene, healthy food choices and basic brushing habits.
Family P.L.U.S is part of a national BGCA program that gets families and parents more involved with local clubs through special events and other activities.
Girls learn to make healthy connections with peers and adult women in their communities. Through discussions and creative activities, they learn to remove self-doubt and boost self esteem.
Small group discussions guide boys as they mature with topics like changing responsibilities, societal pressures and problems at home and school.
Members learn to break down barriers and become leaders with open minds and caring hearts. The program stresses tolerance and inclusion in all aspects of life.