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Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis provides a safe haven for young people from distressed communities across Indianapolis. Our Clubs are surrounded by some of the most challenged neighborhoods in Indy. 81% of Club members qualify for free or reduced lunch and 50% come from single-parent households. The Clubs fill a real need for a safe place to learn, grow and play. In order to give youth who need us most the opportunity to join, each child gets a school-year membership for only $15.

Programs

Explore innovative programs designed to empower youth to excel in school, become good citizens and lead healthy, productive lives.

Character & Leadership DevelopmentEducation & Career DevelopmentHealth & Life SkillsThe ArtsSports, Fitness, and Recreation
Youth of the Year: A youth recognition program for Club members. The program promotes and celebrates service to Club, community, and family; academic performance; moral character; life goals; and poise and public speaking ability.

Keystone Club: A chartered leadership and service Club for boys and girls ages 14-18. Keystoners elect officers and implement activities in six areas: service to Club and community character and leadership development, education and career exploration, unity, free enterprise and social recreation.

Torch Club: Torch Clubs are chartered, small-group character and leadership clubs for boys and girls ages 11 to 13. Torch Club is a “club within the Club,” helping to meet the special character-development needs of younger adolescents at a critical stage in their life.

Power Hour: A comprehensive homework help and tutoring program.
Career Launch: Encourages Club members to assess their skills and interests, explore careers, make sound educational decisions and prepare to join the workforce.

My.Future: A program that helps to develop Club members’ proficiency in computer software and technology through programs such as Essentials, Robo Tech and Clay Tech.

Money Matters: Promotes financial responsibility and independence.

Graduate for Man: Provides counselors to improve graduation rates and academic goal-setting.
FIRST Lego League: A competition for elementary and middle school-aged kids to creat problem-solving robots.

SMART Moves: The SMART Moves (Skills Mastery and Resilience Training) prevention and education program addresses problems such as drug and alcohol use and premature sexual activity. SMART Moves uses a team approach that involves Club staff, peer leaders, parents and community representatives. Young people ages 6 to 15 engage in discussion and role-playing, practicing resilience and refusal skills, developing assertiveness, strengthening decision-making skills and analyzing media and peer influence. The ultimate goal is to promote abstinence from substance abuse and adolescent sexual involvement through the practice of responsible behavior.

Healthy Habits: Designed to incorporate healthy living and active learning in every part of the Club Experience, Healthy Habits emphasizes good nutrition, regular physical activity and improving overall well-being. The program, for ages 6 to 15, is the Mind component of Triple Play: A Game Plan for the Mind, Body and Soul.

National Fine Arts Exhibit Program: Encourages artistic expression among Club members through drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, mixed media, and sculpture.

Image Makers National Photography Program: Encourages Club members to learn and practice various forms of photography.

Music Program: Club members have the opportunity to learn about music and practice with musical instruments including guitars, drums, and keyboards, with skilled instructors and volunteers.
Field Trips & Guest Speakers: Club members experience field trips to museums and theater productions as well as guest speakers who visit the Clubs to share a skill or lead an activity.

Basketball Leagues: Promote good sportsmanship and the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of the game.

Triple Play: Triple Play is a dynamic wellness program that demonstrates how eating right, keeping fit and forming positive relationships add up to a healthy lifestyle. Triple Play takes a holistic approach to health and wellness in three key areas:
Mind: Helps Club members develop a knowledge base to acquire healthy habits, such as making smart food choices, understanding appropriate portion sizes and creating fun and balanced meals.
Body: Encourages young people to be physically active through fun daily fitness, including games and activities to get them moving. Daily fitness challenges give youth of every age a chance to play longer and harder at a variety of games.
Soul: Provides social recreation programs and activities that strengthen interpersonal skills, foster good character and develop positive relationships and cooperation among young people. Club youth acquire a healthy self-concept and belief in their self-worth, and cope well with positive and adverse situations.

Gamesroom: A place where kids can play board and table games, compete in a tournament, or learn a new activity with friends. The room is filled with pool tables, air hockey, ping pong, and a variety of other games.

Aquatic Program: Offers our Club members the opportunity to learn to swim as well as enjoy fitness activities in an indoor pool (at two of our Club facilities).