Boys & Girls Clubs of the CSRA offers after school care for students in grades K-12 (grades served vary by location) with daily activities centered on five core areas of personal development– character and leadership development; education and career development; health and life skills; the arts; and sports, fitness, and recreation. By focusing on these core areas, we help our members amplify their academic success, build good character and citizenship and adopt healthy lifestyles. Our five developmental areas include:
Character & Leadership Development
Through participation in character and leadership activities members build meaningful relationships with others, develop positive self-images and good character and learn respect for cultural identities. Engagement in any of the Clubs' service organizations provides our members opportunities to organize projects to invest and participate in their communities. By being a part of these programs, youth learn what it means to be part of the community and that they can, at any age, make a difference.
Education & Career Development
We encourage our youth to think about their futures and continue on to an institution of higher learning. The programs that help the Club to achieve those goals include Power hour, which provides one-on-one tutoring and homework help, Project Learn, Goals for Graduation, CareerLaunch, Job Ready, Junior Staff Career Development, Money Matters, assistance for low-reading members and fieldtrips to places like museums and the zoo. Every Boys & Girls Club of the CSRA has an Education Center equipped with computers and educational games. These games help kids learn math, geography and many other subject areas. The Club finds fun and engaging ways to give assistance to youth that need it and challenge those who may not be challenged enough at school, paving the way for success in academics and in life.
Health & Life Skills
We provide fun and inviting programs for all ages and backgrounds to promote healthy and positive decision-making. Every year, BGC of the CSRA has Cavity-Free Zone, where free dental exams are performed and good oral hygiene is discussed. Through SMART Moves and other SMART programs, teens build self-esteem and a sense of responsibility, while they learn to make smart decisions. In a safe environment teens can discuss topics like drugs, alcohol, gangs and sex. Kids In Control, Passport to Manhood and My.Future are just some of the programs we feature every year. Through programs like these, we prepare children to make life choices that will create future success.
Our visual and performing arts programs provide members valuable opportunities for self-expression. The Artscape Program introduces members to singing, dance and puppetry as well as digital photography. They also learn to create drawings and paintings in the traditions of past masters through Arts Reading and Meet the Masters programs. In each of our Clubs, the Arts & Crafts Rooms are among the most popular daily activities. The 5-week Image Makers photography program and National Fine Arts Exhibit gives our youth opportunities to create artwork and submit their work in national competitions. As they gain a better understanding of the arts, children learn to think creatively and build confidence in their talents.
Sports, Fitness & Recreation
Organized sports programs and physical education activities help members incorporate healthy activities into each day and support the development of fundamental motor skills. Because each child needs to be active, we create unique programs like Triple Play, which is a game plan for Mind, Body and Soul. Our Clubs impement Triple Play and WANNA PLAY programs through a grant from the Anthem Foundation, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia Foundation, Amerigroup Foundation, and Major League Baseball.
The Boys & Girls Clubs' Students Tapping Academic Resources for Success (STARS) program is funded through multiple 21st Century Learning Centers (CCLC) grants. The first grant was awarded in 2009 to the EW Hagler, Dogwood Terrace, WT Johnson and Thomson Clubs. In 2010, a second grant was awarded and the first school based Clubs were opened at Jamestown Elementary and Morgan Road Middle Schools. In 2012, three new grants were awarded, two of which replaced the expiring 2009 grant and a third allowing us to open a new Club in Washington County. In 2014 two grants were awarded and replaced the expiring 2010 grant, one at the Henry Brigham Center for elementary students and one at Dogwood Terrace for middle school students. Our most recently awarded grant has allowed us to expand our programs into Columbia County with the addition of our Lakeside Middle School Club. The grants provide academic enrichment for 625 at-risk students in math, reading and science as well as a variety of enrichment programs including nutrition education, music, dance, art, technology and more. 21st CCLC funds are used to employ certified teachers at each Club to incorporate a tiered tutoring system for 1st-5th grade students at South Augusta- Henry Brigham; 2nd - 9th graders in Washington County; and 1st through 8th graders at EW Hagler, WT Johnson, Dogwood Terrace and Thomson.