Boys & Girls Clubs provide diverse activities that meet the interests of all youth. Core programs engage young people in activities with adults, peers and family members that enable them to develop self-esteem and to reach their full potential. Based on physical, emotional, cultural and social needs and interests of girls and boys, and recognizing developmental principles, Clubs offer program activities in five areas:
1. CHARACTER AND LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
Empowering youth to become global citizens who support and influence their Club and community, sustain meaningful relationships with others, develop a positive self-image and good character and respect their own and others’ cultural identities.
2. EDUCATION AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT
Enabling youth to become proficient in basic educational disciplines, set goals, explore careers, prepare for employment and embrace technology to achieve success in a career.
3. HEALTH AND LIFE SKILLS
Developing 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.
4. THE ARTS
Encouraging youth to develop their creativity and cultural awareness through knowledge and appreciation of th visual arts, crafts, performing arts and creative writing.
5. SPORTS, FITNESS, AND RECREATION
Programs develop fitness, positive use of leisure time, skills for stress management, appreciation for the environment and social skills.
6. SMART SMILES AT THE DENTIST
The Smart Smiles At the Dentist program is an innovative partnership between Delta Dental of Virginia and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Virginia to provide desperately needed dental care, dental health education and hygiene instruction to Boys & Girls Club members who do not have dental insurance or who qualify for Medicaid/FAMIS. Boys & Girls Club staff schedule dental appointments with a local dental provider (Carilion). We provide transportation to dental appointments from school, stay with the children in the waiting area and coordinate follow up care”.