The Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County are proud participants of Triple Play which is a dynamic wellness plan for the Mind, Body and Soul that demonstrates how eating right, keeping fit and forming positive relationships create a healthy lifestyle for Club members. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has taken a strong interest in this programming approach because it is in line with its Steps to a Healthier US initiative. Through the comprehensive Triple Play program strategy, Club professionals help boys and girls better understand nutrition, from counting calories to determining reasonable portion sizes. Members receive coaching in sports leagues and fun activities that develop their coordination and leadership skills. Organized social recreation activities strengthen character, increase confidence and enhance the ability to relate well to others.
SMART MOVES - This nationally acclaimed comprehensive prevention program helps young people resist alcohol, tobacco and other drug use, as well as premature sexual activity. SMART Moves features engaging, interactive, small-group activities that 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 are: SMART Kids, for ages 6-9; Start SMART, for ages 10-12; Stay SMART, for ages 13-15; and SMART Parents. SMART Leaders, a peer leader/booster program for older teens, and F.A.N. Club (Family Advocacy Network)
SMART GIRLS - SMART Girls is a small-group health, fitness, prevention/education and self-esteem enhancement program designed to meet the developmental needs of girls ages 8-12 and 13-17. Through dynamic sessions, highly participatory activities, field trips and mentoring opportunities with adult women, Club girls explore their own and societal attitudes and values as they build skills for eating right, staying physically fit, getting good health care and developing positive relationships with peers and adults.
PASSPORT TO MANHOOD - Passport to Manhood promotes and teaches responsibility in Club boys ages 11-14. Passport to Manhood consists of 14 sessions, each of which concentrates on a specific aspect of manhood through highly interactive activities. Each Club participant receives his own “passport” to underscore the notion that he is on a personal journey of maturation and growth. Passport to Manhood represents a targeted effort to engage young boys in discussions activities that reinforce positive behavior.
DATE SMART - Date SMART is a supplement to SMART Girls and Passport to Manhood, and an exciting new resource for Club members ages 13 to 18. Through fun and easy-to-use sessions, members learn how to achieve mutually supportive relationships free of violence and abuse. The program also encourages youth to become community advocates for relationships that promote equality and respect while combating the attitudes and behaviors that lead to dating, sexual and domestic violence.