The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Redwoods is a youth development program for youth ages 6 to 18. All of our sites offer a safe place for these children to learn, play and develop citizenship and leadership skills. Club programs and services promote and enhance the development of our members by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and a power of influence, which is the Youth Development Strategy of the Boys & Girls Clubs.
The Club focuses on five core areas of development: Sports, Fitness and Social Recreation, Character and Leadership Development, Health and Life Skills, The Arts, and Education and Career. Focusing on these areas provides the children who participate the opportunity to engage in programs that will enable them to develop positive self images and reach their full potential. Every day members are helped with their homework, participate in organized sports, arts and crafts projects, and enjoy a nutritious snack. In addition to regular Club activities, members often attend field trips, have interesting and relevant guest speakers, and have a regular schedule of prevention workshops and teen support groups.
Dedicated, compassionate professionals and volunteers staff the Club. The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Redwoods is steered by Liz Smith, Executive Director who has been a part of the local Club movement since 1995. The Board of Directors who also volunteer, dedicate many resources to see that the Club continues to grow and meet the community's needs.
WHAT WE STAND FOR!
We envision healthy, empowered and engaged youth who appreciate and respect themselves, each other, their families, the community and the environment.
We empower youth to reach their full potential as responsible, caring and productive citizens through professionally led programs and activities that are fun, positive and relevant in a safe, supportive and healthy environment.
Youth Development Strategy:
The philosophy underlying Boys & Girls Club programming is our Youth Development Strategy. This strategy defines how our youth development professionals and volunteers interact with young people. All programs and activities are designed to maximize opportunities for young people to acquire four basic "senses" which help them build self-esteem and grow into responsible and caring citizens. These four "senses" are:
• A SENSE OF COMPETENCE - the feeling there is something boys and girls can do well.
• A SENSE OF USEFULNESS - the opportunity to do something of value for other people.
• A SENSE OF BELONGING - a setting where young people know they "fit" and are accepted.
• A SENSE OF POWER OR INFLUENCE - a chance to be heard and to influence decisions.
The principles of the Youth Development Strategy are used when developing every program and activity. We seek to identify and incorporate ways to enhance programs and activities through the conscious utilization of these youth development principles.
When this strategy is fully implemented, self-esteem is enhanced and the environment is created which helps boys and girls achieve their full potential.