After School Programs | Our Cause

America's Kids are in Crisis

Our club provides after-school programs, guidance, inspiration, and fun

After School Programs

Clubs Help Kids Stay in School and Improve Their Academic Success

After School ProgramsEach year, 1 in 4 high school students fails to graduate on time. BE GREAT: Graduate, our dropout prevention initiative, targets communities with high dropout rates. Nationwide, our most utilized program is Power Hour, which provides homework help and tutoring. In 2013, BGCA introduced Brain Gain, which helps prevent the summer learning loss that contributes to the alarming achievement gap between low- and high-income youth.


Clubs Help Kids Graduate from High School, Prepared for a Great Future

Ensuring that every Club member graduates from high school on time with a solid plan for their future is of the highest priority for BGCA. A variety of high-impact programs support this effort:
+ Diplomas to Degrees, a college-readiness program
+ CareerLaunch® introduces young people to the world of work
+ Money Matters: Make it Count, a financial literacy program


Clubs Help Kids Lead Healthy Lifestyles

HealthOur signature program in this area is Triple Play: A Game Plan for the Mind, Body and Soul, a holistic approach to educating youth about nutrition, fitness and forming healthy relationships. Additionally, the WANNA PLAY™ program encourages youth ages 6 to 12 to increase their overall fitness and health while learning the fundamental skills of baseball and softball.


Clubs Help Kids Avoid Risky Behaviors

Good Habits9th-grade Club members are less likely than the national average to engage in risky behaviors such as smoking, drinking and using marijuana. Programs like SMART Girls and Passport to Manhood help kids build self-esteem, treat others with respect, and make good choices.


Clubs Help Kids Develop a Strong Character

CharacterOur Youth of the Year initiative promotes and celebrates service to Club, community and family; academic per formance; moral character; life goals; and poise and public speaking ability.


Child Safety is Our No. 1 Priority

SafetyFor more than 100 years, child protection and safety have been the bedrock principles of our work. We are committed to providing our nation's youth with safe havens staffed by caring adult mentors who have the best interests of children at heart.

BGCSV Fun Facts

The Club serves over 700 youth per year

The Club offers a free basketball league to members in a new gym

The Club has a newly renovated Teen Room

Clubmembers are progress to the next grade higher than the national average

95% of Club Teen members volunteer in their community at least once per year

Among teen-aged Club members, 90% expect to graduate from high school

Among teen-aged Club members, 80% expect to complete post-secondary education

57% of Club members ages 9 & older report getting at least an hour of physical activity on 5 or more days per week