Health & Life Skills

“One of my favorite stories came from our Culinary Arts program. The kids get as much out of the process of making food as they do eating it. One day, one of our kids said, “You know why I like culinary arts so much? Because I can cook for my brothers and sisters while my moms away” He was 14 at the time. Three years later, he e-mailed me and asked if the culinary arts program was still around. He wanted to get involved and keep doing it. He said it had hepled him become self-sufficient.”

-Katy Lagoni, Director, Participating Arts

SMART Moves is the Boys and Girls Clubs of America’s nationally acclaimed prevention program for young people ages 6 to 16. It is a creative, fun learning experience that provides children and teens with the knowledge and skills they need to grow up as healthy individuals and realize their full potential. All programs teach through hands-on learning experiences, as well as field trips.


SMART Moves: Skills Mastery and Resistance Training
A substance abuse prevention program delivered in age-appropriate components.

SMART Kids- All units
SMART Kids is a program for boys and girls ages 6-8. the goal of this program is to provide youth with the knowledge, skills, and self-esteem to help them make healthy choices and practice healthy behaviors while avoiding risky situations, including involvement with drugs, alcohol, and tobacco. Program runs: Lake Street campus- Mondays 4.15-5.00, Northeastern campus- Tuesdays 4.45-5.30, Douglass campus- 4.30-5.30

Start SMART-
Start SMART is a program for boys and girls ages 9-12. The goal of the program is to provide youth with the knowledge, skills, self-esteem, and peer support to make healthy choices and practice responsible behaviors. the program also teaches about the risks of using alcohol, tobacco, and drugs. Northeaster campus- Tuesday from 4.00-4.45, Douglass campus- Wednesday from 6.00-7.00

Promoting a positive self-image, SMART Girls stresses self-esteem and healthy decision-making in young women at the Club. This summer the program will focus on self-esteem, healthy relationship building, and safety awareness. Lake Street campus from 5.00-6.00

Healthy Habits Cooking Class
Healthy Habits is a program for boys and girls ages 9-11. The program teaches kids a knowledge base consisting of healthy food choices, portion control, and how to cook nutritious, balanced meals. Each session will include half an hour of instruction and one hour of cooking fun. Lake Street campus from 3.30-5.00

Teen SMART Girls
The Teen SMART Girls program is designed to prepare girls ages 13-16 to make healthy decisions and develop healthy attitudes, lifestyles, and relationships. This summer the program will focus on women’s empowerment. We will discuss dating violence, self-respect, relationship boundaries and self-defense. Lake Street Campus on Wednesday from 6.30-7.30.

Passport to Manhood
Young men at the Club are exploring positive decision-making, relationship building, leadership development and community involvement through the Passport to Manhood. Passport To Manhood is a very beneficial program for all middle school boys.