West Valley Boys and Girls Club Great Futures Start Here




 

Art Classes –the Club provides the following art classes: Drawing and Painting.   The fine art programs also teach the teens about cultural diversity and appreciation as they participate in cultural events and lessons. 
Hip Hop Dance –Hip Hop Dance is offered at Main Site-Teen Center and Canoga Park High School
Music – We provide music classes at the Main Site-Teen Center.  A professional music teacher teaches Guitar, band, and drums.   The band performs at various venues and records their music in the digital arts program.  Band performances are held periodically at the club.
Theatre Arts – Members learn fundamentals of theater and acting techniques. 
Spoken Word/Poetry – Members express themselves through poetry and they learn how to perform their pieces.  Spoken Word/Open Mic nights are planned throughout the year.
Digital Arts – The complete digital arts program is offered at the Main Site-Teen Center.  Once Club members have participated in these programs, they can submit their digital artwork to the annual Club Tech Digital Arts Festivals competitions.
Digital Music- The teens in the music program produce and record their music and edit on the computers to produce CDs. 
SMART Moves is a Boys & Girls Clubs of America national prevention program that focuses on the following areas:
  • Start SMART & Stay SMART– Drug and alcohol awareness & prevention.
  • SMART Girls – Adolescent girls learn to develop healthy lifestyles and attitudes.
  • Passport to Manhood – Adolescent boys learn to develop healthy lifestyles and attitudes.
  • Street SMART – Consists of three modules: Gang Awareness and Resistance, Conflict Resolution & Positive Peer Helpers.
     
Torch Club – Leadership development program for members ages 11-14. Members plan and participate in community service projects. Program offered at Both Middle School sites; Hale Charter Academy and Main Site Teen Center.


Keystone – Leadership development program for members ages 15-18.  Members plan and participate in community service projects and attend the BGCA National Keystone Conference. Program offered at all three high School sites; Canoga Park High School, Cleveland High School and Chatsworth High School.

Community Service and Social Awareness Events – All Members in both Torch Club and Keystone lead various community service projects throughout the year, such as Beach Cleanups, Anti- Bullying and Anti –Tobacco Campaigns.

 
Power Hour – Gives members opportunity to get help with homework in all subject areas.
 
Spelling Bees(Middle School only) conducted at each site annually. 

STEM
Mad Science  Offered at both Middle school sites; Hale Charter Academy and Main Site Teen Center and Canoga Park High School Science Explorer- this program 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.
Money Matters – This program involves small group activities, interactive games, and special tools to helps teenagers build money management skills and financial literacy.
Robotics – Offered at Both Middle School locations; Hale Charter Academy & Main Site Teen Center.This program allows youth 10-14 to explore their engineering and creative sides; while building various robotics using the LEGO Mindstorms kit.
CyberPatriot (Canoga Park High School) sponsored by Beyond the Bell – is the premier national high school cyber defense competition that is designed to give hands on exposure to the foundations of cyber security. CyberPatriot's goal is to excite students about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education. Within the preparation of the competition, students will be introduced new ideas about cyber security through a free educational program called CyberNEXS. Students will learn about various topics in windows and linux systems including, but not limited to, virus detection, vulnerabilities, computer patching, and data servers.
Ten80 Student Racing Challenge – (Canoga Park High School) sponsored by U.S. Army The Ten80 Student Racing Challenge: NASCAR STEM initiative™  is a project-based STEM curriculum, support network and optional competition league created by educators, engineers and industry partners over the last decade.  Students learn through hands-on engineering activities creating and developing a 1:10 scale model race car. This curriculum is open to student grades 9-12.
JV InvenTeams (High School) sponsored by Beyond the Bell & MIT – Lemelson-MIT JV InvenTeams are groups of students who are encouraged to lead creative and productive lives, through invention. Students are encouraged to develop their hands-on skills with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). Participants are challenged to design a new product, or perfect an existing one, that can be beneficial to humanity as a whole. Inventions typically involve making an existing item’s manufacturing process better for the environment, or creating a similar item from materials which are recycled or have less of an environmental impact.



COLLEGE BOUND
The College Bound program is designed to firstly, ensure that our members graduate from high school and encourage them to think about and plan for education beyond high school graduation.  The program introduces the concept of going to college to the younger members while helping teen students in middle school and high school decide career paths and prepare for college.  The program encourages kids to plan for their future and develop the necessary skills for their desired profession.  Participants are introduced to the process of choosing and applying for Universities and how to apply for financial aid and scholarships. To learn more about College Bound program please click here.


TRIPLE PLAY is a holistic three-pronged comprehensive health, fitness and wellness initiative design to address the poor eating habits, physical inactivity, and alarming obesity epidemic that is threatening the lifelong health and wellness of youth in our community. The three major components of TRIPLE PLAY and their goals for youth are:
MIND
Healthy Habits -Nutrition education covering the power of choice.
BODY
Sports
Dance
Yoga - (Canoga Park High School & Main Site Teen Center)
Recreational Activities
Weight room and Fitness center – (High School only)
SOUL
Social recreation engages Teens in a variety of activities that encourage achievement, cooperation, positive relationships with others, and age appropriate positive social skills.



SOCIAL RECREATION AND EVENTS
Club Talent Show
-Twice a year the members show off their talent to an audience.
Holiday Events – Every holiday the Club has special events, ie: Haunted House on Halloween, Holiday Party in December, St. Patrick’s Day Fest, Easter Treasure Hunt, Memorial Day Parade Float Decorating, 4th of July Picnic, etc.
Fun Friday Events – Fun activities every Friday including: guessing jars, Carnivals, Relay Races, Dances, Auctions etc.
Culture Month – A whole month is dedicated to educating members on diversity, which focuses on the history, art, food and traditions of each culture.


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