Health & Life Skills


An outgrowth of the popular SMART Moves program, SMART Girls is a health, fitness, prevention/education and self-esteem enhancement program for girls ages 8-17. The program focuses on issues specific to female Club members and is designed to encourage healthy attitudes and lifestyles that will enable those members to develop to their full potential. From interactive role playing to more tailored mentoring, girls are given the opportunity to explore personal and societal values as they build skills for eating right, staying fit, getting good health care and developing positive relationships. 



This nationally acclaimed comprehensive prevention program helps young people resist alcohol, tobacco and other drug use, as well as premature sexual activity. The program features engaging, interactive small group activities designed to increase participants' peer support, enhance their life skills, build their resiliency and strengthen their leadership skills. This year-round program encourages collaborations among Club staff, youth, parents and representatives from other community organizations. The program’s components include: SMART Kids, for children ages 6-9, Start SMART, for youth ages 10-12, Stay SMART, for youth ages 13-15 and SMART Parents, for parents of Club members participating in SMART Moves. 

Street SMART

Street SMART counteracts the negative lures of gangs, violence and "street" influences on young adolescents ages 11-13. While building awareness and resistance skills, participants develop the confidence and knowledge to make intelligent choices. Street SMART’s three modules teach young people how gangs work and how to resist being recruited, how to recognize and resolve conflicts peacefully and how to become positive peer helpers. Participants reinforce what they have learned and share it with others by organizing community events that promote the positive messages of Street SMART. 

SMART Leaders

SMART Leaders is a 2-year booster program that follows from Stay SMART (for Skills, Mastery, and Resistance Training). Stay SMART is a curriculum-based program for 13-to 15-year-olds that teaches a broad spectrum of social and personal competence skills to help youths identify and resist peer and other social pressures to smoke, drink, and engage in sexual activity.  Both are components of SMART Moves, a comprehensive drug and sexual activity prevention program offered through the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA).

The SMART Leaders program reinforces the skills and knowledge learned in Stay SMART's 12 sessions: 1) gateway drugs, 2) decision-making, 3) advertising, 4) self-image and self-improvement, 5) coping with change, 6) coping with stress, 7) communication skills, 8) social skills: meeting and greeting people, 9) social skills: boy meets girl, 10) assertiveness, 11) relationships, 12) life planning skills.  SMART Leaders encourages participants to stay involved in prevention activities and to be positive, drug-free role models for their peers.

SMART Leaders Section one, involves five small group sessions consisting of role-playing and videotapes about identifying different peer pressures to use drugs and engage in sexual activity and learning to resist those pressures.  SMART Leaders II is taught in three 1 1/2-hour sessions using a video format, with one session dedicated to resisting alcohol, one session to resisting drugs, and one to resisting early sexual activity.  Participants are encouraged to become involved in other programs and activities at the BGCP and to encourage their peers to be drug free.