After-School Programming in Branches
The hallmarks of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Tarrant County are our daily after-school and summer programming that meet kids where they are. Branches are at capacity with children and teens who want to be there. Each day, the doors open after-school and in the summer with enriching and fun programming that fills both the minds and hearts of members. Hot meals are served, homework is done and friends are made in a supportive, structured environment. And when difficulty strikes in the life of child, staff know exactly how to help the child face the challenge. Skills that broaden the member’s own ability to be resilient are fostered. This facility-based approach only works because of the professionally trained staff who are ready to intervene.
After-School programming in our branches highlights:
This broad-reaching initiative enables youth to become proficient in basic educational disciplines, apply learning to everyday situations, and embrace technology to achieve success in a career. Specifically, Club members engage in strategic programs like Project Learn, which boasts high yield learning activities, Power Hour providing intentional homework help and tutoring, and STEM activities.
Every day at the Club, we provide nutritious snacks, fun, engaging in fitness activities, and competitive sports, to get Club members excited about leading a healthy lifestyle. In addition, initiatives like Triple Play, Money Matters, Smart Girls and Passport to Manhood teach youth how to nurture their own wellbeing, helping them succeed in school and grow into happy and healthy adults.
We empower 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. A pillar of the Character & Leadership initiative is the Keystone Program, giving Club members the opportunity to take a leadership role in their Club and give back to their community.
Upward Bound & Educational Talent Search:
Pre-college programs for low-income and potential first-generation college students, these programs target and inspire youth to dream and then actively support them with the tools and resources they need to practically achieve graduation and college enrollment. Club members in these programs focus on achieving academic success through intense curriculum combined with personalized support and daily guidance. Our high grade-to-grade progression, graduation, and college enrollment rates speak to the impact the programs have on the scholastic success of participants.
The Club offers two prevention programs to school-aged youth in a variety of settings that arm them with resilience skills to avoid problems later.
Too Good for Drugs is a program that explains the health risks concerning alcohol, tobacco and drug use to youth. The program also focuses on self-esteem, goal setting, positive decision making and peer pressure refusal skills.
Positive Action provides youth participants with the skills to build protective factors. This program teaches positive actions for the physical, intellectual, social and emotional areas of the self. Studies have shown that this program improves behavioral outcomes by reducing alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use.
Comin' Up Gang Intervention
This progressive gang-intervention program serves more than 700 gang-involved youth between the ages of 13-24 years old in Fort Worth communities. In partnership with the City of Fort Worth, the program provides needs-based services and activities in an effort to reduce gang violence and influence positive change.
Comin' Up provides career, education and life guidance for youth involved in gangs. Open late at night in hard to reach communities, this program offers real solutions to difficult situations. Staff, trained to deal with young people who realize they need a second chance, work collaboratively with the court system, police, and educational partners.