Our Health & Life Skill programs 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.
+ Healthy Habits
A component of the Triple Play Program, Healthy Habits is designed to incorporate healthy living and active learning in every part of the Club experience.
Known as the Mind component of Triple Play, the Healthy Habits program is designed to incorporate healthy living and active learning in every part of the Club experience. From the gym to the learning center to the arts and crafts room, the central themes of good nutrition, regular physical activity and improving overall well-being are emphasized. Club youth who participate in Healthy Habits will understand the benefits of eating smart and being physically active.
Healthy Habits serves Boys & Girls Club members ages 6-18.
+ NetSmartz & NS Teens
NetSmartz teaches Internet safety skills through the use of engaging multimedia activities and offline interaction with Club professionals.
NetSmartz and NS Teens is an Internet safety program produced with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children with age-appropriate interactive lessons and activities.
Employing computer-based tutorials with state-of-the-art animation, the program delivers games to younger participants and interactive quizzes to teens. Lessons learned through these multimedia materials are reinforced through interaction with and guidance from Club professionals.
The online skills taught by NetSmartz include how to more safely communicate, play games, conduct research and, for older members, make e-purchases. NS Teens, geared toward members ages 11-15, covers topics including cyberbullying, digital literacy and Internet security.
+ Positive Sprouts
Developed in partnership with Amway, BGCA’s Positive Sprouts program focuses on combating the growing obesity crisis among America’s youth.
Developed in partnership with Amway, BGCA’s Positive Sprouts program focuses on combating the growing obesity crisis among America’s youth by: 1) educating Club members on the importance of consuming fresh fruits and vegetables; and 2) providing members and their families with access to fresh fruits and vegetables.
The goal of Positive Sprouts is to educate young people on the importance of eating nutritious foods and living healthy lifestyles by building and maintaining community gardens.
Positive Sprouts serves Club members ages 6-18.
The Indiana Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs implements a comprehensive abstinence focused program for youth between the ages of 10 and 18 that attend our Boys & Girls Clubs across Indiana.
TThe Indiana Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs implements a comprehensive abstinence focused program for youth between the ages of 10 and 18 that attend our Boys & Girls Clubs locations across Indiana. We implement our SMART Decisions program, which combines evidence-based programming and nationally developed curriculum to work with teens to increase their knowledge and skill associated with making SMART decisions about their sexual health. Participating youth with increase their knowledge of the following: 1) how to reject unwanted sexual advances; 2) how risky behaviors can increase their vulnerability; and 3) focus on attaining self-sufficiency before sexual activity.
Our programs and curriculums will work to address those knowledge areas and focuses by implementing a comprehensive approach, which will include basic prevention models through SMART programs, intensive gender specific programs and abstinence specific programs. Our gender specific programs and SMART Leaders programs include a mentoring focus where those youth are given peers and adult role models that can assist them in reflecting and thinking about the lifelong impact of the knowledge they are gaining.
+ Passport to Manhood
Passport to Manhood promotes and teaches responsibility in Club boys ages 8 to 17.
The passage from boyhood to manhood is challenging, requiring adolescent males to understand and manage many issues and transitions. Passport to Manhood addresses critical issues that young men face during this time, such as ethics, decision-making, wellness, ideas about fatherhood, employment and careers, cooperation and conflict, diversity, relationships and self-esteem.
Passport to Manhood is a 14-session program that concentrates on specific aspects of manhood through highly interactive activities. Each Club member participant is issued his own “passport” to underscore his personal journey of maturation and growth.
Passport to Manhood serves male Club members, ages 8-12 and 13-17.
+ Smart Girls
An outgrowth of the popular and effective SMART Moves program, SMART Girls is a health, fitness, prevention/education and self-esteem enhancement program for girls ages 8 to 17.
An outgrowth of the popular and effective SMART Moves program, SMART Girls is a health, fitness, prevention/education and self-esteem enhancement program for girls. The program is designed to encourage healthy attitudes and lifestyles that will enable adolescent/teen girls to develop to their full potential. Sessions incorporate learning experiences for girls that include mentors, guest speakers, hands-on activities and field trips.
The goal of SMART Girls is to help 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.
SMART Girls offers modules for female Club members ages 8-12 and ages 13-17.
+ Date SMART
Date SMART is a supplement to SMART Girls and Passport to Manhood for Club members ages 13 to 18.
Another great addition to the Health and Life Skills family of prevention and education programs, Date SMART is intended to increase young people’s understanding and build the skills they need to achieve healthy relationships free of violence and abuse. Through participation in Date SMART, Club members increase their ability to help friends and family members who may be experiencing dating, sexual or domestic violence. Club professionals also learn how to connect members and their families with community-based resources for relationship violence and its prevention.
Date SMART serves youth ages 13-18.
+ SMART Moves
The SMART Moves (Skills Mastery and Resistance Training) prevention/education program addresses problems such as drug and alcohol use and premature sexual activity.
The SMART Moves program has a proven history of success. SMART Moves is a nationally acclaimed prevention program originally developed in the 1980s with help from prevention specialists and Clubs around the country. Newly revised in 2011, the program incorporates the latest information and approaches that BGCA has learned about effective prevention. Participants will be exposed to various activities designed to hone their decision-making and critical-thinking skills, as well as learn how to avoid and/or resist alcohol, tobacco, other drugs and premature sexual activity.
+ Child & Adult Care Food Program
Annual number of meals/snacks served at no cost by the Indiana Alliance: 1,101,770 meals and 1,690,925 snacks!
The US Department of Agriculture’s Child and Adult Care Food Program plays a vital role in improving the quality of day care and making it more affordable for many low-income families.
The US Department of Agriculture’s Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) plays a vital role in improving the quality of day care and making it more affordable for many low-income families. Each day, 3.2 million children receive nutritious meals and snacks through CACFP. The program also provides meals and snacks to 112,000 adults who receive care in nonresidential adult day care centers. CACFP reaches even further to provide meals to children residing in emergency shelters, and snacks and suppers to youths participating in eligible afterschool care programs.
+ Summer Food Service Program
Food that’s in when school is out!
The Summer Food Service Program for Children (SFSP) was created to serve nutritious meals to children when National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program meals are not available. To ensure all children receive proper nutrition throughout the year, SFSP reimburses organizations that prepare and serve meals to eligible children during the summer and vacation periods.
+ Voice Youth Advocacy
Indiana teens are fighting to make Indiana a smoke-free state. They’re called Voice, and they don’t like how tobacco companies try to get teens hooked on cigarettes.
Indiana teens are fighting to make Indiana a smoke-free state. They’re called Voice, and they don’t like how tobacco companies try to get teens hooked on cigarettes. Voice is a youth-lead movement in Indiana that is fighting back against the tobacco industry, helping Indiana lower its youth smoking rates to historic lows.
The Voice teen movement began in earnest in the spring of 2002. Since that time, thousands of teens across Indiana have been exposed to the truth of the manipulative marketing tactics of Big Tobacco.
Tobacco executives think teens are stupid, and that young people think smoking is cool. Well, they are wrong- Voice is fueled to fight back. Every year, 10,000 people die right here, in Indiana, and the tobacco companies want teens to replace those smokers that die. Voice says “No Way!”