The Boys & Girls Club of West Chester/Liberty offers tested, proven and nationally recognized after-school and summer programs that provide youth with the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to pursue their dreams and succeed in adulthood. Our programs are carefully designed to support the achievement of youth so that they are ready to leave our Clubs at age 18 as productive, caring and responsible citizens.
Power Hour is our core program focused on academic success. In Power Hour, members spend as much time as necessary working on their homework, improving math or reading skills. Our Academic Coordinator has 18 years of high school teaching experience and 4 years of college teaching experience, works alongside the Lakota School District to monitor missing homework assignments, and provides added support for students with IEPs. Power Hour is also supported by a Youth Development Professional who specializes in math.
The Boys & Girls Club of West Chester/Liberty provides numerous art programs giving youth a voice through their creativity. Programs are designed to foster creativity in young people, and give them outlets for self-expression. From fine arts to performing arts, our programs have something that will inspire all members, unleashing creativity and building confidence. These programs are led by our Arts Specialist who received his art degree from High Point University in North Carolina and has more than three years of experience. Programs offered: Drama; Digital Art; Image Makers; Playlist; Creative Writing; Storytelling; Music Makers.
Great Futures Start with Academic Success!
Diplomas 2 Degrees
A college readiness program that provides a range of services to guide Club members as they work toward high school graduation and prepare for post-secondary education and career success. Club staff take youth on college tours, help them complete applications and resumes, and pair them with professional mentors from local companies.
Summer Brain Gain
Summer learning loss has a devastating effect on America's kids, especially those who don't participate in enriching summer activities. That's why BGCWCL offers summer Brain Gain – a fun, interactive learning program designed for summer in the Club! This program is comprised of one-week modules with fun, themed activities for elementary school, middle school and high school students that are aligned with common core anchor standards. In addition, Summer Brain Gain: Read!, a literacy program, complements the larger Summer Brain Gain curriculum.
Money Matters promotes financial responsibility and independence among Club members ages by building their basic money management skills. Participants learn how to manage a checking account, budget, save and invest. They also learn about starting small businesses and paying for college.
Junior Staff is a practical small-group program that assists Club teens 13 to 18 in exploring a career. Junior Staff provides teen members with age-appropriate skill-building opportunities and hands-on Club work experience in four areas: career development, apprenticeship, customer service, community service. Through participation in Junior Staff, teens will develop interpersonal skills, a strong work ethic and a sense of community engagement while experiencing on-the-job Club work.
Great Futures Start with Healthy Lifestyles!
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.
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.
Triple Play is a family of focused fitness programs designed to impact the mind, body and soul. It strives to improve the overall health of Club members ages 6-18 by increasing the number of hours per day they participate in daily physical activity, teaching them about good nutrition and strengthen their ability to interact positively with others and engage in healthy relationships.
Great Futures Start with Citizenship & Character!
Keystone Club is the Boys & Girls Club Movement’s most dynamic teen program. It affords teens an opportunity to gain valuable leadership and service experience. Programs focus on: academic success, career exploration and community service. Keystoners can often be found assisting the community with food and clothing drives for the homeless apart of their civic engagement responsibilities; hosting an end of school year rally for graduating seniors to foster higher graduation rates; or sponsoring career fairs that educate youth about work ethic and careers. Coupled with the priceless foundations of strong leadership and good character, there are no limits to what Keystoners can achieve.
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. Each year, Torch Club members from all over the country take part in a service-learning experience through the National Torch Club Project.
Youth of the Year
Youth of the Year is a recognition program designed to foster a new generation of leaders, fully prepared to live and lead in a diverse, global and integrated world economy. Each year, one exceptional young person from BGCWCL rises to the role of Youth of the Year. The Youth of the Year serves as both an exemplary ambassador for BGCWCL youth and as a strong voice for all of our nation’s young people. The journey to being named National Youth of the Year begins locally and progresses to state, regional and national levels.