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EDUCATION AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT
Power Hour
Making Minutes Count helps Club members ages 6-18 achieve academic success by providing homework help, tutoring and high-yield learning activities and encouraging members to become self-directed learners.


Summer Brain Gain
Summer learning loss has a devastating effect on America's kids, especially those who don't participate in enriching summer activities. The summer program includes a fun, interactive learning program to keep our kids thinking!
 
STEM
STEM programming is offered at all of our sites and closes the opportunity gap in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) with innovative and creative programs and activities for youth. After-school and summer learning environments provide unique opportunities to advance STEM knowledge and increase interest in STEM-related careers. 
 
NASA’s BEST(Beginning Engineering Science and Technology) k-8 is curriculum that inspires student interest in STEM by leveraging NASA Missions.  The program emphasizes the pedagogy associated with the Engineering Design Process, in order to apply it as a problem solving tool in a teamwork environment.  The program is series of nine missions/activities that focus on engineering design, process and measurement. The program engages students in the NASA mission, Rockets, Rovers, Robots and Living in Space while teaching disciplined thinking, teamwork, measurement and data analysis and presentation
 
Science Explorer teaches youth about everyday phenomena through a set of experiments and lesson plans. Using ordinary materials, youth develop skills such as measuring, classifying, predicting, experimenting, and forming hypotheses. Life science and environmental science are also introduced. 
 
College Bound Kids is offered at all of our sites.  Click here to learn more.
 

SPORTS AND RECREATION
Triple Play
Triple Play, is a comprehensive health and wellness initiative, strives to improve the overall health of members, ages 6-18, by increasing their daily physical activity, teaching them good nutrition and helping them develop healthy relationships. 
 
Mind
Healthy Habits is the "Mind" component of the Triple Play program. The Healthy Habits curricula is designed to teach young people about the benefits of developing healthy habits such as eating smart and being physically active; equip young people with skills to adopt healthier habits by participating in fun and engaging learning activities both at the Club and at home; and encourage young people to take small steps toward positive behavior changes.
 
Body
The "Body" component of Triple Play promotes becoming more physically active through fun daily fitness routines. Curricula/programs include Daily Challenges and Triple Play Leadership Clubs (formerly Sports Clubs). These resources encourage youth to become more physically active through fun fitness routines. Triple Play Leadership Clubs infuse small-group leadership and service into active play.
  •  Yoga is offered at the main site by trainers from YogaWorks.
  •  Athletics is offered at all sites as kids learn the fundamentals of various sports.

Daily Exercise is part of the daily activity where kids are encouraged to participate in at least 20 minutes of exercise every day.
 
Soul
The "Soul" component of the Triple Play program encompasses the social recreation activities that are critical to positive youth development. This includes strengthening interpersonal skills, positive behavior and good character through social recreation programs.

HEALTH AND LIFE SKILLS
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 in three age groups. Through dynamic sessions, highly participatory activities, field trips and mentoring opportunities with adult women, Club girls explore their own and societal attitudes and values as they build skills for eating right, staying physically fit, getting good health care and developing positive relationships with peers and adults.

 
Passport to Manhood
Passport to Manhood promotes and teaches responsibility in Club boys ages 8-17. Passport to Manhood consists of 14 sessions, each of which concentrates on a specific aspect of manhood through highly interactive activities. Each Club participant receives his own “passport” to underscore the notion that he is on a personal journey of maturation and growth. Passport to Manhood represents a targeted effort to engage young men in discussions activities that reinforce positive behavior.
 

THE ARTS
Drama Matters – is a drama education program and was developed in collaboration with Turner Network Television. Everett Essex, our Drama Coordinator, teaches theater and drama at most of our sites.  Through fun theatrical activities members learn how to overcome their fears of being in front of an audience and gain confidence.  They are able to express themselves through performing.  Members perform shows throughout the year.
Arts & Crafts – the Club provides fun crafts for the kids to explore their creative sides.  Each participant will participate in fun projects and end up with a beautiful craft to take home.
Dance – classes are provided at some of our sites where the staff teaches areas of dance that are close to their hearts.  Hip hop is a popular genre, however, the Club has offered African Dance, Step, Tap and ballet in the past.   Dance classes may vary by site, check the calendar for exciting new dance programs.
Image Makers – is a beginner program for the novice photographer.   ImageMakers has three components: a photography programming resource guide full of fun, creative activity ideas for three skill levels; a Web site featuring resource tools and fun interactive games; and an annual photography contest that provides local, regional and national recognition
Film – The kids will produce movies and short films.  They will collaborate with the drama program so the kids can perform in front of the camera.  They edit their movies on the computers and produce DVDs.  To view some of these short films visit the links below.

http://www.youtube.com/user/jbev82#p/u/2/hg3XuFfsu94

http://www.youtube.com/user/jbev82#p/u/8/2gaVgLM6qL4

http://www.youtube.com/user/jbev82#p/u/7/jbYg9AbWdr4
 
Art Exhibit – Every year in December the Clubhouse holds a spectacular Art Showcase where Club members from all of our sites are able to express themselves through various artistic outlets.  The large activity room at the main Clubhouse is transformed into an art gallery/poetry lounge setting in order for guests to experience the true ambiance of an art show.

The event includes an art gallery which displays photography and art in eight different categories including: monochromatic drawing, multicolored drawing, pastel, watercolor, oil/acrylic paint, mixed media, sculpture, collage, and a group project. 

Judges from our community select art pieces from four different age groups to be entered into the BGCA National Fine Arts Exhibit and the BGCA National Photography Exhibit.

The event includes performances from the visual and performing arts programs, including dance, singing and Spoken Word, (a combination of poetry and artistic expression).
 

CHARACTER AND LEADERSHIP
Torch Club is leadership development for members ages 11-14. Members plan and participate in community service projects. A Torch Club is a powerful vehicle through which Club staff can help meet the special character development needs of younger adolescents at a critical stage in their development. 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.  At the elementary schools the Torch Clubs are the leaders at their sites and help staff plan and implement fun activities and projects for the rest of the members.

Youth of the Month is an opportunity for students to shine.  Each month one boy and one girl at each site are chosen by staff to be highlighted for their positive attributes and participation. 
 
Youth of the Year is one member selected from each site who has shown consistent leadership and positive character through the year.  Each year the Club recognizes all the kids at the Annual Youth of the Year Luncheon where all of the Club’s board members, donors and community leaders attend to celebrate our youth.

 
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Highlighting the Club's Off-Site Locations
Main Site
 
The Club’s Main Site has been located on Remmet Ave. since 2004, where it was transformed from a mortuary into the great facility that it is today. The Main Site is the center of all the sites and contains the Club’s administrative offices as well as all the regular member programs.

There are more than 150 children who attend the after-school program at Main Site each day and during the summer camp program, there are more than 250 members who participate in various programs.

Programs that are held at Main Site include Healthy Habits, Tae Kwon Do, hip hop dance, African drum, science, literacy, Kids In Control, art, sculpting, photography, drama, sports (basketball, soccer, and baseball), guitar and drum, film production and editing, Passport to Manhood, Smart Girls, Torch Club, Positive Sprouts, music, College Bound, financial literacy, and community service and leadership.

What differentiates the Main Site from the Club’s other eight locations is that the Positive Sprouts and Health Habits programs are unique. Members plant seeds and learn about maintenance, soil balance, and harvesting. California State University, Northridge (CSUN) students have become involved with the Healthy Habits program at the Club. They teach and introduce members to uncommon recipes with healthy fruits and vegetables.

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Blythe Elementary School


Blythe Elementary School has hosted a Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley after-school program since 2006; there are more than 100 children who attend the program daily. This site holds programs in Smart Girls, Passport to Manhood, cooking, and College Bound.

Smart Girls is a program designed for girls to help them build social skills and life skills. The Smart Girls program provides help on how to overcome the challenges of maturing into strong adolescent girls. Smart Girls has been designed around girls’ needs and it ranges from body issues to dealing with friendship conflicts. Through a variety of activities, such as dance, teambuilding, and arts, the girls learn leadership skills, how to cooperate with others, and how to become a more confident individual. 

The Passport to Manhood program provides young boys with a mentor to encourage them to try new things, build self-confidence, and reinforce ethical standards. Young boys are taught teamwork, self-reliance, and confidence on how to handle difficult challenges. 

The cooking program teaches kids how to be cautious while cooking and step-by-step instructions on how to cook a variety of easy foods. The goal is to teach children how to cook their favorite foods without having to depend on other people. 

College Bound provides Club members with the opportunity to explore how college works and how to prepare themselves for post-high school educational opportunities. They participate in exciting and creative activities, such as pep rallies and college trivia games. The children brainstorm ideas about their future, what it takes to achieve them, and they are taught about the different colleges, available scholarships, and other aspects related to preparation for a successful university, college, trade/technical, or vocational school experience.
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Reseda Elementary School

 
Reseda Elementary School has been an off-site location of the Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley since 2007 and there are more than 100 children who attend the after-school program daily. This site holds programs in Ultimate Journey, NASA/science, photography, arts and craft, Smart Girls, reading, College Bound, and Junior Achievement.

The NASA Goddard Space Flight Center designed a NASA/science program to provide Club members with information about the engineering design process. The activities performed in this program are done in teams and are related to national science, mathematics, technology, and engineering standards. 

The reading program is a new activity that introduces enjoyable and engaging ways of book reading. Members create their own comics, story lines, and are taught new techniques to help them comprehend what they are reading. Members also have the opportunity to attend book fairs and educational events to enhance their interest in book education.

Junior Achievement is one of the newest programs at this site and is designed to inform Club members various ways to save money, how to manage money, and all about bank accounts. This program provides guidance to the participating Club members and gives them the opportunity to practice their math skills through a series of different games and assignments.

“We try our best to improve each Club member’s social and developmental knowledge and capability, such as social skills, self-esteem, and leadership skills. Our main objective is for the students to enjoy themselves and have a memorable experience with their friends, peers, and coaches by participating in safe and experimental activities,” said Juan Carlos Diaz.

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Hale Charter Academy Middle School

 
Hale Charter Academy Middle School has been an off-site location of the Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley for two years and there are more than 35 young people who attend the after-school program daily. This site holds programs in Healthy Habits, Triple Play, Power Hour, Passport to Manhood, art, Smart Girls, and Street Smarts programs.

The Healthy Habits and Triple Play programs help members make balanced nutritional choices while they participate in fitness and social recreation activities. Power Hour provides Club members with strategies, activities, resources, and information to create engaging homework help and tutoring.

The Passport to Manhood program is a service project for young boys to learn the importance of giving back to the community. Each Club participant receives a passport to emphasize his personal journey of maturation and growth. This program encourages members to participate in discussions and activities that reinforce character, leadership, and positive behavior. The Smart Girls program is designed to encourage a healthy attitude and lifestyle to enable early adolescent girls to develop to their full potential. 

The art programs include drawing, painting, printmaking, collage making, mixed media, and sculpture. These programs provide Club members with the opportunity to develop their creative and cultural awareness through knowledge and appreciation of the variety of arts.

The Street Smarts program uses Club staff, peer leaders, parents, and community representatives to teach young people, ages 6 to 15, how to say “no” to substance abuse and adolescent sexual involvement. Club members participate in discussions and role-playing, practice resistance and refusal skills, develop assertiveness, strengthen their decision-making skills, and analyze media and peer influence. The ultimate goal of this program is to promote abstinences from substance abuse and adolescent sexual involvement through the practice of responsible behavior.

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Highlighting the Club's College Bound Program
College Prep Program for Middle- and High-School Students


The Club’s College Bound program is a college preparatory program that provides middle- and high- school students with academic case management (guidance, encouragement, and resources they need to obtain their educational goals), tutoring, test prep, resources and support to ensure graduation and a post-secondary education. The College Bound program is taught at Canoga Park, Cleveland, and Chatsworth High Schools, Hale Middle School, and the Club’s Main Clubhouse. 

This program has been taught at Canoga Park since 2011. From Windsong Trust, the Club has been able to expand the program to Cleveland and Chatsworth High Schools late last year. Both Hale Middle School and the Club’s Main Site began offering this program during the last school year.

The approximate daily average attendance at Hale Middle School is 30 members; 60 members at Canoga Park High School; and 30 members each at Cleveland and Chatsworth High Schools.

College Bound is unlike any other program that the Club provides because the staff includes college students and recent graduates who are dedicated to the academic success of Club members. The program provides all the resources and tools needed for them to achieve their goals, however large or small. In addition, the Club provides members campus exposure and the opportunity to meet professionals on a monthly basis in order broaden their horizons. 

According to the College Bound Director Liliana Lozano, “Another great aspect of College Bound is that no student is turned away. College Bound is available to 9th-12th graders, students in magnet programs, honors, residential, and students who need credit recovery. The staff believes in all the students and are dedicated to help them achieve their full potential.”

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Highlighting the Club's Off-Site Locations
Canoga Park High School

 
Canoga Park High School has been an off-site location of the Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley for six years and there are more than 120 young people who attend the after-school program daily. This site holds programs in life skills, leadership, college bound, arts, triple play, power hour, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). 

The Life Skills and Leadership programs are for young people ages 14 to 18 and include activities that focuses on academic success, career preparation, and community service. Club members engage in positive behaviors that nurture their own well-being and set personal goals. The College Bound program helps middle- and high- school students prepare for college, encourage them to plan for their future, and develop the skills needed for their desired profession. 

The arts programs include guitar, fine arts, theatre, film, and photography. These programs provide Club members with the opportunity to develop their creativity and cultural awareness through knowledge and appreciation of the variety of arts. 

The Triple Play program helps members make balanced nutritional choices while they participate in fitness and social recreation activities. Power Hour provides Club members with strategies, activities, resources, and information to create engaging homework help and tutoring. This program encourages members at every age to become self-directed learners. The STEM program consists of science, technology, engineering, and math. Club members receive the opportunity to participate in activities and experiments to develop critical life skills to pursue a career in the STEM fields.

Canoga Park High School has the largest number of participants and staff members in the Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley's high school sites. There are more than 25 Boys & Girls Club programs in which Club members can participate. What is unique about this site is they have an indoor soccer arena and fitness center that no other sites have.

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Our Lady of Peace

Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley is proud to announce our partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of Burbank and Greater East Valley to provide after-school programs on the campus of Our Lady of Peace in North Hills.  This program is for grades K-8. More details and registration can be found here.
 


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