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5 Core Areas

5 Core Areas

Boys & Girls Clubs of Mason Valley offers many different programs in five key areas of The Arts, Character & Leadership Development, Education, Technology & Career Development, Health & Life Skills, and Sports, Fitness & Recreation.

The Arts

Fine Arts Program: Encourages artistic expression among Club members ages 6-18 through drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, mixed media and sculpture.  The program culminates in an organization-wide exhibit.

Drama Matter: Learn and participate in the basics of putting on a play or show – script, acting and production and set design.

Character & Leadership Development

Keystone Club: Small group leadership and service club for youth ages 14-18. Keystoners elect officers and implement activities in six areas: service to Club and community, character and leadership development, education and career exploration, unity, free enterprise and social recreation.

Torch Club: Small group leadership and service club for youth ages 11-13. Torch Club members learn to elect officers and work together to implement activities in four areas: service to Club and community, education, health and fitness and social recreation.

Youth of the Year: Youth of the Year is the most prestigious honor bestowed upon a Club member who exemplifies and embodies the values of leadership, service, academic excellence and dedication to leading a healthy lifestyle.

Junior Staff: Provides teens 14-19 hands on work experience to teen members at the Club while developing their interpersonal skills, a strong work ethic, and a sense of community engagement and an introduction to the Boys & Girls Clubs as a career choice.

Education, Technology & Career Development

Power Hour: Reinforces the importance of school and education within a club setting. Through the combination of homework help, tutoring and power activity pages, staff and volunteers assist members to become self-learners and build their study skills for academic success

Project Learn: Reinforces and enhances the skills and knowledge young people learn at school during the hours they spend at the Club through high-yield learning activities, such as leisure reading and writing activities.

Club Tech: Club Tech, BGCA’s digital literacy and technology skills program, includes a comprehensive array of programs to help Boys & Girls Clubs of Mason Valley tech professionals build members’ computer skills and integrate technology in all Core Program Areas. The program also provides extensive, ongoing training for Club professionals. Club Tech helps Clubs incorporate technology in every aspect of their operation. Most importantly, young people develop the technology skills necessary to succeed in school and the job market.

Striving Readers: Boys & Girls Clubs of Mason Valley has teamed up yet again with Lyon County School District on our Striving Readers program. In Striving Readers, members can participate in literacy activities and games, or just sit down with a book and read in our Literacy Center. Striving Readers aims to help our members read at/or above grade level, identify those members who may need additional help.

Money Matters: Promotes financial responsibility and independence among middle and high school Club members by building their basic money management skills. Members learn about managing a checking account, budgeting, saving, investing, the cost of living and education costs.

Health & Life Skills

Passport to Manhood: Passport to Manhood promotes and teaches responsibility while reinforcing positive behavior in male Club members ages 11 to 14.

SMART Girls: SMART Girls is a small-group health, fitness, prevention/education and self-esteem enhancement program designed to meet the developmental needs of girls ages 8-12 and 13-17. Girls build skills for eating right, staying physically fit, getting good health care and developing positive relationships with peers and adults.

SMART Moves: This program helps young people resist alcohol, tobacco and other drug use, as well as premature sexual activity and features engaging, interactive, small-group activities that increase participants’ peer support, enhance their life skills, build their resiliency and strengthen their leadership skills. The program has different age-appropriate curricula.

Healthy Habits: Triple Play takes a mind, body, and soul approach to demonstrating how eating right, keeping fit and forming positive relationships add up to a healthy lifestyle. Healthy Habits is the “mind” component of Triple Play and empowers youth to eat right covers the power of choice, calories, vitamins and minerals, the food pyramid and appropriate portion size.

Sports, Fitness & Recreation

Triple Play Triple Play, BGCA’s first comprehensive health and wellness program, developed in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, strives to improve the overall health of Boys & Girls Clubs of Mason Valley members ages 6-18 by increasing their daily physical activity, teaching them good nutrition and helping them develop healthy relationships.