Our trained professional staff offer Club members diversified programs and activities that recognize developmental principals in five core areas based on boy’s and girl’s physical, emotional, cultural, social needs, and interests.
We empower young people to support and influence their community, sustain meaningful relationships, develop a positive self-image, participate in the democratic process and respect their own and other’s cultural identities.
One major activity in this area is our “Youth of the Year” program. Annually, Club members undergo an application and interview process with one individual, who embodies the aforementioned characteristics, being selected as our “Youth of the Year.” The youngster then moves on to compete on the state, regional and national levels, vying for scholarship money and the opportunity to become the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s “Youth of the Year.” Another program is a brand new Leadership Program for boys and girls ages 8-17 years old. Leadership Program is a health, fitness, prevention/education and self-esteem enhancement program. The goal of the program is to help boys and girls develop and adopt a healthy attitude and lifestyle, as well as acquire and maintain a positive self-concept, sound decision-making skills and mentor relationships.
We enable young people to become proficient in basic educational disciplines, apply leaning to everyday situations and embrace technology to optimize employability. We enable youth to develop aspirations for the future through career and educational enhancement.
POWER Hour, our homework and tutoring program, is another activity in this area. Immediately after school, youth are given time to study, read, or finish homework with the help of staff and volunteers. Our computer lab is staffed by an area substitute teacher.
We develop young people’s capacity to engage in positive behaviors that nurture their own well-being, set personal goals, and develop the skills to live successfully as self-sufficient, contributing adults. We develop ways to help young people achieve and maintain healthy lifestyles.
SMART Moves, our drug, and alcohol prevention education program, is the prime instruction piece in this area. The Club sub-contracts with the Lackawanna County Commission on Drug & Alcohol to implement this program. Another program is the Get Real About Violence Program (GRAV) implemented by Lackawanna County Commission on Drug & Alcohol in Lackawanna County and the Wyoming Valley Alcohol and Drug Services, Inc. in Luzerne County. This program is geared for Club members ages 6-13. The program teaches students skills to be healthy by showing them how to maintain self-control when tempted by violence, resolve conflicts without violence, and prevent or avoid situations by using self control. In addition, a variety of personal hygiene and safety programs, health fairs, and other wellness activities are offered to Club members.
This program provides transportation from school to the Club Monday through Friday, September through June, for children residing in Lackawanna County. Our Shuttle Program is convenient for families so they don’t have to leave work to pick up a child or wonder where their child will go. We take care of the worry this might cause.
Families of children who are part of our Shuttle Program know that we will pick up their child(ren) and take them to the Club where they partake in safe and constructive programs and activities.
This program costs $35 per week per child. Scholarships are available for those who qualify.
For more information and to sign up for our Shuttle Program, contact Evelyn at 570-342-8709.
We enable young people to develop their creativity and cultural awareness through knowledge and appreciation of visual, tactile, and/or performing arts programs. We help young people to develop self expression and to acquire multicultural appreciation for artistic endeavors.
Fine Arts and Digital Photography are amongst the more popular art programs offered. Through these, Club members enjoy learning and experiencing the arts.
We encourage youth to develop fitness, positive use of leisure time, skills for stress management, appreciation for the environment and positive social and interpersonal skills. We stress teamwork and cooperation within a competitive athletic environment. We encourage participation and fair play in all young people.
Our learning center is a place where members can gather to get help on academics. The center offers “Power Hour” homework help among its activities. Members can also take advantage of assistance and tutoring to enhance test preparation and encourage the development of study skills.
The Club’s arts and crafts room offers instruction in a wide range of areas. There is fine art instruction, as well as general craft making, art projects and contests. Creativity and fun is encouraged when participating in arts and crafts programming.
The game room is a very popular place at the Club. The game room offers a pool table, ping pong, air hockey, bumper pool, foosball and a variety of arcade games. There are instructional classes and tournaments for any and every game and free time to play any game the members choose. There is also an entertainment center with movies and videos for members to enjoy.
The computer lab is always busy and the center of attention. Our lab contains twelve state of the art computer stations. Members can utilize the computer stations for homework or to play approved computer games. The computer lab is always staffed by an adult professional to assist and guide members in utilizing and making the most of their time in the computer lab.
Undoubtedly the most popular place in the Club is our gym. Whether its our popular basketball leagues, a mini “Olympic” competition, dodgeball, volleyball or any of a myriad of activities, we keep kids happy and encourage good health through physical fitness in our gym.
Due to the generosity and support of the TJX Foundation, our members ages 13 to 18 years old have a place to call their own. The teen center is equipped with a home entertainment center, pool table, bumper pool table, computer lab with internet service, and resource materials. Staff members are available to help our teens with school projects, higher education searches and finding out more about career opportunities.