The Boys & Girls Club of Bethalto provides: A safe place to learn and grow, ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals, life-enhancing programs and character development experiences, and hope and opportunity. Its Youth Development Strategy is central to our programming. They believe that by using this strategy in their work with youth, they will give them the skills to make responsible choices and act against negative influences in their lives. The YDS is based on the following four principles. A sense of belonging- provide a setting where he/she feels welcome and fits in. A sense of usefulness- provide the opportunity to contribute and do something of value for others. A sense of competence- provide opportunities for success so they feel there is something they do well and that is respected by their peers. A sense of power or influence- provide an opportunity to be heard, listened to, cared about, and to influence decisions.
Core Program Areas:
Character and Leadership Development- empowers youth to support and influence their Club and community, sustain meaningful relationships with others, develop a positive self-image, participate in the democratic process and respect their own and others’ cultural identities.
Education and Career Development- enables youth to become proficient in basic educational disciplines, apply learning to everyday situations and embrace technology to optimize employability.
Health and Life Skills- develops young people’s capacity to engage in positive behaviors that nurture their own well-being, set personal goals and develop the competencies to live successfully as self-sufficient adults.
The Arts- to develop creativity and an understanding and appreciation of the arts.
Sports, Fitness and Recreation- develops fitness, positive use of leisure time, skills for stress management, appreciation for the environment and social and interpersonal skills.
Serving over 1600 youth, ages 6-18, from Bethalto and 14 surrounding communities.
Character & Leadership Development programs include: TEEN Supreme Keystone Club, Torch Club, Youth of the Year, Teen Council
Education & Career Development programs include: Power Hour, Computer Lab, Tutoring, The Ultimate Journey, Junior Staff Career Development, Career Exploration, Goals for Growth, Job Ready, Club Service
Health & Life Skills programs include: SMART Moves, SMART Girls, Kids in Control, Act SMART, Street SMART, Passport to Manhood, Cavity-Free Zone
The Arts programs include: Art Club, Photography Class, Digital Arts
Sports, Fitness & Recreation programs include: Nike Swoosh Club, Nike Challenges, Fitness Authority, Baseball, Soccer, Basketball, Teen Night
Camp Cool, which includes elements of every core area, is offered during the summer months. Teen REACH, an Illinois Department of Human Services funded program, emphasizes education and mentoring, with staff providing case management services to selected youth. 21st Century Community Learning Center housed at East Alton Middle School is a Illinois Department of Education program offering educational enhancement services along with Boys & Girls Club social and recreational programs in an after school setting.
For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2006, Boys & Girls Club of Bethalto's program expenses were:
Total Program Expenses:
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