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What We Do

Academic Achievement

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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 approaches such as academic enrichment, school engagement and program development to help our members succeed. 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.

Here at the Club, we are proud to partner with the West Springfield Public School district in establishing before and after school programs at John Ashley, Tatham and Fausey schools and in developing a comprehensive math and literacy enrichment program aligned with current district curriculum, helping members to grow and learn academically, while becoming more confident in their own abilities. 

Character & Leadership

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At the Boys and Girls Club, it's all about helping our youth in reaching their full potential as productuve, caring, responsible citizens. At the core, there is a leader in every young person, just waiting for the right moment to emerge. It's not a matter of if, but rather when.

Our programs give kids the chance to explore leadership opportunities in a comfortable setting and help to guide members in becoming more confident in their own abilities. Encouraging kids to be responsible for their actions and to take pride in their accomplishments is a cornerstone in the development of strong leadership skills. Combined with a spirit of community service and the importance of improving one's own community, we instill a sense of ownership and positive can do attitude among our members that promotes the positive benefits that come from doing good in the community.

Health & Life Skills

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Triple Plays Healthy Habits: BGCA’s health and wellness initiative strives to improve the overall health of members, ages 6-18, by increasing their daily physical activity, teaching them good nutrition and helping them develop healthy relationships. Since the Triple Play initiative was introduced in 2005, more than one million Club members have participated in fun fitness activities. The Triple Play initiative helps to nurture the minds, bodies and souls of Club members. The “Mind” component helps young people acquire healthy habits, such as making smart food choices, understanding appropriate portion sizes and creating fun, balanced meals. The “Body” component promotes physical activity through fun daily fitness routines. Club youth of every age and fitness level have the chance to participate in a variety of games. The “Soul” component encompasses social recreation activities that are critical to positive youth development. By participating in such a social recreation program, Club youth are able to develop and sustain positive relationships with others, acquire a healthy self-concept and a strong belief in their self-worth, and learn how to cope with both positive and adverse situations. These initiatives 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.

Sports, Fitness & Recreation

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Sports, Fitness and Recreation is one of the primary building blocks towards leading a healthier lifestyle. For the Boys and Girls Club, it’s an opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of local youth by implementing programs that promote physical activity while teaching the fundamentals of good sportsmanship and team building activities in a setting that gets kids back on track, when it comes to living healthier lifestyles.   

New data shows that childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years and affects more than one-third of American schoolchildren that are either overweight or obese and are more likely to have risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure or abnormal glucose tolerance and have a 70 % chance of becoming overweight or obese adults.

Although many youth participate to some degree in sports and fitness activities, they are not always physically fit – and they often lack the basic knowledge they need to make positive food choices. BGCA developed Triple Play in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. This multi-faceted program promotes health and wellness for Club members, ages 6-18, teaching them how to become more active and new ways to handle stress, maintain a healthy body and form positive relationships.