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When you invest in kids…

You change the life of a boy or girl right here in our community
National statistics

1 in 5 kids won’t graduate on time

At the Boys & Girls Club

Kids spend at least 30 minutes doing homework every day.

Kids have daily access to tutors.

Teens set goals for graduation.

National statistics

3-7 p.m. juvenile crime escalates

At the Boys & Girls Club

Kids and teens find a safe, fun place to go after school.

Life-enhancing programs help kids explore new ideas.

Caring professionals build supportive relationships.

National statistics

3 out of 10 kids are obese or overweight

At the Boys & Girls Club

Kids get a healthy dinner.

113 kids worked in our Club garden in the past year.

Kids spend at least 30 minutes daily in the gym.

Kids eat 11 percent more veggies than their peers in a national survey.

National statistics

1 out of 5 children lives in poverty

At the Boys & Girls Club

Kids in difficult situations get one-on-one mentoring.

Free lunch is served daily in the summer.

Teens get assistance with college and job applications.

A $25 annual membership makes the Club accessible to all kids.

You can improve the life of a child in our community.
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Your support provides:

  • A safe place, particularly for kids and teens who may be left alone after school
  • A daily dose of fun to keep kids coming back
  • Life-enhancing programs that help kids explore new ideas and possibilities
  • Caring professionals who build supportive relationships with kids
  • Hope and opportunity to build self confidence and brighter futures

Learn more about Who we are and What we do.

 


Club youth program strategies that work and kids love

Daily homework time:  Every Club member participates in at least 30 minutes of homework time – or other brain building activities — every day after snack. Activities included homework, reading or mind challenging games such as checkers.

Caught doing good: Staff launched the Be Great program to catch Club members “doing great” things such as being helpful to others, being kind to someone or participating at a high level of engagement while demonstrating positive leadership. Each member has a Be GREAT card that staff signs whenever they catch a member in a positive behavior. Members who receive 50 signatures in a month are invited to the Be GREAT Party of extended Club hours as a reward for positive behavior. Be GREAT reward cards also earn members the opportunity to require staff to dress up in funny, whacky outfits, rent the Teen Center movie theater and other fun privileges. The result: less bullying, proud kids and proud parents.

Power Points for participation: Club members earn power points for participation in core programs and time spent reading or doing homework. New this year, Club members can spend points weekly in the Power Point Store or accrue points quarterly for more significant purchases. Every month, the Club member with the highest points earns a trip with two or three friends and a staff member of choice. Trips include an afternoon at the Headwaters Science Center, BSU Recreation Center, Glazed and Amused, Bemidji Bowl or a trip to the mall. Power Points are so popular that it can be a challenge for the Club to keep up the prizes.

Learning for fun: At the Club, kids have the opportunity to learn and play with games like Math Dodge Ball, Jeopardy, Scrabble, crossword puzzles and Sudoku games.  At least 15 hours of Club programming each week focuses on high yield activities that incorporate fun and learning.

Learn more about Who we are and What we do.