POWER HOUR: Making Minutes Count
This homework help & tutoring program for Club youth aged
6-18 years provides Members with the support, resources, and
guidance to complete their homework. As members complete
assignments & bonus activities, they accumulate Power Points,
which may be used to obtain Power Rewards like prizes, activities
and incentives. Power Hour also offers tutoring assistance
for Members who need additional work in certain areas.
This program allows Members to be better prepared for classes, develop a deeper understanding of the material, and develop valuable organizational skills including time management, prioritizing, and task completion. By consistently completing their homework, Members can see long-term improvements in their grades and test scores. Power Hour enables Clubs to provide extra attention and assistance to Members in need of motivation & direction for school work.
The Junior Staff Career Development Program was developed by Boys & Girls Clubs of America to assist Club members aged 11-18 years in exploring a career in youth or human services, particularly Boys & Girls Club work. Young people prepare for future roles as human services professionals by participating in career development activities, discovering the importance of community service, building customer service skills and completing a Club apprenticeship. The program develops Club members’ interpersonal skills, work ethic and sense of community responsibility.
Youth of the Year
This national youth recognition program celebrates the Boys & Girls Clubs experience. It operates year-round for youth ages 14-18 to promote and recognize Members’ service to the Clubs, community & family, academic performance, moral character, life goals, and poise & public speaking abilities. The program provides young people with the opportunity to show their Club, their community, their state, their region, and the entire United States that they have developed into model citizens. Through essays and speeches, Youth of the Year candidates illustrate how they have turned their aspirations into actions and overcome personal obstacles to achieve success.
Young adults in the U.S. today are facing a perfect storm of personal
and social pressures that can compromise their financial well-being:
record lows in savings, record highs in student & consumer debt,
increasing living costs and uncertain employment prospects. Money
Matters: Make It Count program uses interactive activities and exercises
to educate teens ages 13-18 on the various aspects of financial literacy,
including managing a checking account, budgeting, saving, investing, and paying for college. The Money Matters program was developed in a joint collaboration between Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the Charles Schwab Foundation. Teens who complete Money Matters show improved financial management skills, including saving money and sticking to a budget.
Torch Club is a “club within the Club,” helping to meet the special character-
development needs of younger adolescents ages 10+ at a critical stage in their
life. A Torch Club is a powerful vehicle through which young people develop and
strengthen their 21st-century leadership skills, giving them a firm foundation of
good character and integrity. Torch Club members elect officers and work together
to implement projects in the four focus areas: service to Club and community;
education; health and fitness; and social recreation. At the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bay
County, Torch Club members may volunteer at the concession stand, act as tutors in
the Education Room, and assist staff in general activities. These youth are role
models that set positive examples for younger members.
Keystone Clubs provide leadership development opportunities for young
people ages 14 to 18. Youth participate in activities in three focus areas:
academic success, career preparation and community service. With the
guidance of an adult advisor, Keystone Clubs aim to have a positive impact
on members, the Club, and community. Both the Chapman Unit and the
Hilton Teen Center have active Keystone Clubs.
Goals For Graduation
Boys & Girls Clubs of America designed Goals for Graduation to combat academic underachievement through supporting and enhancing children’s education. By helping youth develop, set, and achieve appropriate academic goals, Goals for Graduation allows them to become lifelong learners. The program’ five major components are:
~ Focus Young People’s Attention on Goal Setting
~ Set Goals for Academic Success
~ Support and Encourage Achievement
~ Help Young People Relate Goal Setting Success to Other Areas of Their Lives
~ Assist Young People in Developing a Personal Commitment to Learning
BGCA’s career development program helping Club Members develop skills
essential for workforce success, like getting & keeping a job, as well as finding a
career that fits each Member’s interests and talents. The CareerLaunch program
supports participants in setting, pursuing, and realizing career goals. Participants
see the range of careers available and what it takes to achieve them, while
developing the concrete skills & knowledge necessary to get started on productive,
fulfilling careers. With the technological, educational, and career development
resources of CareerLaunch, teens develop competencies that enable them to
gain employment, and also set the course for lifelong professional development.
Preparing young people for adulthood is the top priority of Boys & Girls Clubs of
Bay County, and the guidance offered by CareerLaunch is an invaluable resource.
Sports, Fitness, and Recreation
This league has been operated by Boys & Girls Clubs of Bay County for the past 16 years, and is conducted in our gymnasium using tennis shoes plus modified ice hockey rules. The league takes place at the beginning of the school year and is co-ed, with two different age groups participating: 8-10 years and 11-14 years. The league is free to all Club Members and $50 for outside participants.
Our competitive basketball league is designed to teach young participants about basketball skills, sportsmanship, and team concepts. Registration begins in October, and games start in December. The league is co-ed and age divisions are 7-9 years, 10-12 years and 13-16 years. Rules are modified in the younger division to accommodate their size and skills. The league is free to all Club Members and $50 for outside participants.
NFL Flag Football
Our NFL Flag Football Program is our newest league. It is co-ed with 3 different age groups participating: 7-8 years, 9-11 years, and 12-14 years. This program is conducted in association with the NFL and all participants receive reversible NFL replica jerseys. Registration for this program begins in February. The league is free to all Club Members and $50 for outside participants.
Day For Kids
BGCA’s National Day For Children, celebrated annually at Boys & Girls Clubs of Bay County on the 4th Saturday of September. The celebration takes place at our C.C. & Vivian Moore Facility and is a FREE day for our entire community. A wide range of activities are offered, including crafts, animals, law enforcement exhibitions, games, bouncy houses, and food. The event is used to bring attention to the need for children’s programs in our communities, and to encourage parents to spend some quality time with their kids.