At Boys & Girls Club of Newark, we embody a culture of wellness with a holistic approach balancing physical health with emotional well-being. Our programs encourage healthy mindsets and behaviors with long-term, sustainable approaches towards prevention and education, creating a healthier generation.
Passport to Manhood focuses on boys receiving their own “passport” to underscore the notion that he is on a personal journey of maturation and growth. The program engages boys in discussions and activities that reinforce positive behavior. SMART Girls programming is designed to meet the development needs of girls through small-group prevention/education and self-esteem building. Girls explore their own and societal attitudes and values as they build skills for taking care of their bodies, understanding good health patterns, and developing positive relationships with peers and adults.
Under Triple PLay: Youth participate in daily fitness activities in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Members are given the opportunity to engage in fun and physically challenging activates that encourage them to meet the recommended 60 minutes of physical fitness a day. Youth also have the opportunity to participate in the Buffalo Wild Wings ALL STARS sports program including soccer, volleyball, basketball, step team, flag football, and golf teams.
The SMART (Skills Mastery and Resistance Training) Moves program is a nationally-acclaimed prevention program. Participants are exposed to various activities designed to hone their decision-making and critical-thinking skills, as well as learn how to avoid and/or resist alcohol, tobacco, other drugs and premature sexual activity.
“The Club gave my brothers and I the opportunity to play sports and get out of the house when we were kids, which was really important. I definitely think the Club helped me get to where I am today.”