Character and Citizenship
For countless generations, parents have dreamed of their children becoming tomorrow's leaders. The stark reality is that kids are growing up in a world where more youths are involving themselves in drug use and violent crimes than ever before. By creating partnerships with schools, community leaders and parents, and by hiring caring staff, Boys & Girls Clubs create a network and culture in which everyone embraces the importance of building character and becoming a good citizen.
The comprehensive programs at Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Oregon promote good character and citizenship, playing a critical role in helping youth understand and address problems they face today For example:
- Our YOUTH OF THE YEAR program recognizes service to Club and community, academic performance and contribution to family life.
- Leadership and service groups like TORCH CLUB (for youths ages 10-12) and KEYSTONE CLUB (for youths ages 13-18) engage young people to become leaders through service to their Club and community.
- Our SMART MOVES (Skills Mastery and Resistance Training) program helps youths resist drug use and premature sexual activity through small-group activities that increase participants' peer support, enhance their life skills, build their resiliency and strengthen their leadership skills.