Character & Leadership
Helping youth become responsible, caring citizens and acquire skills for participating in the democratic process is the main thrust of these programs. They also help to develop leadership skills and provide opportunities for planning, decision-making, contributing to Club and community and celebrating our national heritage.
Sports, Fitness & Recreation
These Club programs help develop fitness, a positive use of leisure time, reduction of stress, appreciation for the environment and social and interpersonal skills.
Health & Life Skills
These initatives develop young people's capacity to engage in positive behaviors that nurture their own well-being, set personal goals and live successfully as self-sufficient adults.
Education & Career
BGCA has implemented the programmatic strategy EVERY MEMBER, EVERY YEAR, designed so that all Clubs, no matter their size or resources, can partner with youth, parents, schools and other community stakeholders to implement at least one of three approaches: academic enrichment and school engagment; targeted dropout prevention; and intensive intervention and case management. Our aim is to ensure that all Club members graduate from high school on time, ready for a post-secondary education and a 21st century career.
Programs in this core area enable youth to develop their creativity and cultural awareness through knowledge an appreciation of the visual arts, crafts, performing arts and creative writing. Studies have shown that fewer than half of all public schools offer visual arts programs.