Boys & Girls Clubs of Indian River County maintain three club sites in Indian River County: Vero Beach, Sebastian and Fellsmere. We nurture young people's self-esteem by instilling in them a sense of belonging, usefulness, influence and competence. Clubs do this after school and in the summer by providing young people with one-on-one relationships with caring adult professionals and fun, age-appropriate, well-rounded programming.
The programs are for members ages 6-18 and fall into the six core areas listed below. These nationally vetted programs are run at all three sites. The most popular programs are Project Learn (which reinforces and enhances the skills and knowledge learned at school); Power Hour (which gives members time to start, if not finish, their homework while at the clubs); the family of SMART programs (which focus on reducing experimentation with drugs, alcohol, tobacco, premature sexual activity and gang resistance); Healthy Habits (which promotes good nutrition, regular physical activity and overall well-being); and NetSMARTZ (which teaches youth how to safely use the Internet).
During the school year we are open from when school adjourns to 6:30 p.m. During the summer we are open from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. During calendar year 2012, 1,416 members were served.
Measurable outcomes are based on providing our young people with positive self-identity; educational competency; social, emotional and cultural competencies; commmunity and civic involvement; health and well-being; and moral compass.
Character & Leadership Development
We empower young people to support and influence their community, sustain meaningful relationships, develop a positive self-image, participate in the democratic process and respect their own and others’ cultural identities.
Education & Career Development
We enable young people to become proficient in basic educational disciplines, apply learning to everyday situations and embrace technology to optimize employability.
Health & Life Skills
We develop young people’s capacity to engage in positive behaviors that nurture their own well-being, set personal goals and develop the skills necessary to live successfully as self-sufficient, contributing adult.
We empower young people to develop their creativity and cultural awareness through knowledge and appreciation of visual, tactile, and/or performing arts.
Sports, Fitness & Recreation
We develop fitness, positive use of leisure time, skills for stress management, and social and interpersonal skills.
At Boys & Girls Clubs of Indian River County, we add a sixth core program to our list...volunteerism. We believe it is important for our youth to understand and appreciate the importance of giving back to the community, as well as providing a safe and structured outlet for earning community service hours.
To learn more about the specific core areas, click here.
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