Boys & Girls Club Youth Development

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The Boys & Girls Club Organization follows the Youth Development Strategy. This strategy describes how the impact of youth development professionals and volunteers interact with young people. All programs that are implemented purposes are to maximize opportunities and assist with the young people attaining the five basic senses; a sense of competence, a sense of usefulness, a sense of belonging, a sense of power and influence.
The programs that the Boys & Girls Club offer to assist with the members of the club acquiring the five senses are Manhood, Smart Girls, Smart Moves, Triple Play Program, and Net Smartz. Passport to Manhood program promotes character building, leadership, positive behaviors these elements are taught through the males
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The Boys & Girls Club serves the youth to enable them to reach their full potential by providing them services to enhance their personal development and leadership skills, character building, education, and career goals. (few spaces back) 1 out of every 5 children is living in poverty, 15.1 million children get left home unsupervised every day, 3p.m to 7p.m Juvenile crime rates escalate, 3 out of 10 kids are obese or overweight, and 1 out of 5 students will not graduate on time. This is why organizations such as the Boys & Girls Club that provides activities for the youth is very essential to the urban community.
Without youth programming in the urban communities it can be the cause of the decline in the youth development, increase violent acts, and sexual evolvement. The youth that experience some type of abuse, poverty, neglect will engage in some type of criminal
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Numerous studies have shown that when teenagers are left to do whatever they want they do not always make the best choices. Between the hours of 3pm-6pm, people under the age of 18 are more likely to become victims of a crime.
After-school programs appear especially appropriate in prevention efforts because research has documented that many youth are unsupervised during after-school hours; putting them at a greater risk of engaging in deviant activity. Boys & Girls Club offers youth to be exposed to new and positive activities that are supervised by responsible and caring adults.
During the semester I learned numerous techniques inside of my Issues of Delivery and System course that assisted with my success inside of my practicum. In a regular week interning at the Boys & Girls Club, I attend staff meetings, review emergency procedures, help the students with their homework, facilitate group activities, and support the student’s emotional and social needs.
I incorporated the content by learning from my Issues and Delivery course into my Field Practicum by being a well active listener, being patient, being an observer, and being able to facilitate group

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