Get ideas for three of the fastest growing career fields right now.
Teens have a lot on their minds, including these five topics chosen by the 2023 Keystone Conference Steering Committee.
National Volunteer Week is the third week of April! Get ideas from our friends at DoSomething.org in this new post.
Learn more about creating safe afterschool environments where trans youth can thrive PLUS learn how Tier 2 National Trainers can be entered to win $500 for completing the new LGTBQ+ specialization.
Get inspiration from this year's SMART Girls Expo to host your own event, with top tips from the organizers.
Get tips for helping teens understand the importance of using their vote and how they can get involved in the democratic process.
Learn what high schoolers should be doing in the Fall to support their college goals, from their Freshman to Senior year.
Learn the warning signs of online radicalization, who is at risk, and how to prevent it in this new ClubX Blog post.
Teens have a lot on their minds, including these five topics chosen by the 2022 Keystone Conference Steering Committee.
New data from The Trevor Project on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health shines a light on why Pride is still important, plus resources from BGCA and others to support your work.
Learn more about an exciting resource that supports youth self-esteem and confidence from our partners at Dove.
Resources for those who work with youth on coping with crisis for teens, younger youth, and en Español
Learn more about Adulting Day, the Boys & Girls Club of Vernon's powerhouse annual event for 12th graders
Hear stories from BGCA's 2022 National Days of Advocacy plus get leadership and service resources you can use with youth
Four ideas for helping youth follow their passions and explore career opportunities for National Careers Week
Hear Boys & Girls Clubs of Milwaukee staff Nancy K.'s top four tips for running Money Matters with teens in this new ClubX Blog post.
Resources to help guide youth through tough conversations about school shootings, featuring Be There and others from BGCA
Tie dye is back in fashion and allows for lots of creativity as a fun arts project with youth. See some of our favorite ideas in this link roundup!
More than 2,000 teens aged 16–19 lost their lives in car crashes in 2019. Learn more about keeping teens safe on the road from the BGCA UPS Road Code National Ambassadors!
News about the impact of social media, particularly Instagram, on the mental health of young people has recently made headlines. But what does it really mean, and how does it impact our work in afterschool?
Six ways to incorporate Workforce Readiness programming and principles throughout your afterschool program.
Read how one Club is putting books in their community's hands and how you can start a Little Free Library through your afterschool program.
The three categories of youth behavior and ways afterschool professionals should respond, featuring BGCA's Behavioral Support Toolkit.
Find ideas on making your programming more dynamic and relevant than ever, including two new Passport to Manhood resources.
Some reports suggest there may be a rise in self-harming behaviors in youth. Learn what self-harm is, why some engage in it, and what we can do to help.
Five topics that today's teens told us they care about and why, plus how afterschool can cultivate youth voice.
One strategy for increasing teen membership afterschool is to invest in tween members now. Learn about four areas to keep in mind as you develop a tween strategy in this new ClubX Blog post.
The high-profile violence against Black Americans during interactions with police continue to occur. Get resources to support the youth in your care, featuring the Passport to Manhood and NEW Smart Girls Growing Up Black Discussion Guides.
Video and text of the poem performed by the National Youth Poet Laureate at the Presidential Inauguration
The latest research on teens and how they are coping with COVID-19 plus the new BGCA resource SMART Moves: Emotional Wellness Teen Expansion Pack that can help.
Tips on how to talk about elections and politics with young people without crossing ethical or legal lines.
Today we are joined by Kate Buechner, member of the Workforce Development team here at BGCA, to learn more about how career programming doesn't have to stop even if we can't be physically together. In youth development, we talk a lot about meeting youth where they are. So, what do we do when where they are isn’t at... Continue Reading →
The high-profile violence against Black Americans during interactions with police continue to occur. When it occurs in our local communities, youth may be directly impacted. Increasingly, the trauma has expanded across the country with social media and news coverage. Either way, part of our role as supportive youth development professionals is to help youth to... Continue Reading →
We are SO EXCITED for the 2020 National Virtual Keystone Conference! To get us motivated BGCA's Senior Director of Programs Val Killebrew is here to give us guidance on how to help youth take action about what they are passionate about. Youth of America are purpose driven and motivated to act on causes they believe... Continue Reading →
Tiffany Thornton, BGCA's Senior Director of Youth Development Services, brings a powerful story of lifting teen voice today. Our nation has been surrounded by images of protests, calls for change and an increased awareness of the prevalence of bias, injustice and systematic racism. The teens at the Boys & Girls Club of Corvallis in Oregon... Continue Reading →
At Boys & Girls Clubs of America, we offer many Targeted Programs to support our three Priority Outcome Areas of Academic Success, Good Character and Citizenship, and Healthy Lifestyles. Programs like Summer Brain Gain, Keystone, and Triple Play. One of my personal favorites? UPS Road Code! If you aren't familiar, UPS Rode Code is BGCA's... Continue Reading →
This blog post was written by Stacy Ruff, BGCA's Director of College & Career Programs and includes a free excerpt on the traumatic impact of racism on young people from the American Academy of Pediatrics upcoming publication, Reaching Teens, 2nd Edition. I certainly can’t speak for everyone but for me last week, and particularly this... Continue Reading →