Boys & Girls Clubs help young people reach their potential

Written by Chronicle Staff. Posted in Community News & People in the News, Featured

Published on June 30, 2021 with No Comments

The nine clubs that make up the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana help children reach their greatest potential by offering tutoring, homework help, plus access to technology, and college/career-readiness programs.

 Academic programs at the club:

  • Encourage engagement in learning at an early age
  • Complement regular school-day activities
  • Enhance academic performance
  • Foster positive study habits and self-discipline
  • Provide guidance and resources to keep members on track as they transition through school and on to college or career

Clubs offer one-of-a-kind programs like aviation classes, college tours, free after school homework help, college application assistance and more! Members are getting to hear from local professionals and explore a wide variety of career options. 

Clubs are also making sure kids achieve social, emotional, and physical wellness. From building confidence to providing healthy snacks and activities, clubs are committed to teaching kids to form healthy habits for life.

Healthy lifestyles programs:

  • Promote the importance of leading a healthy and productive lifestyle
  • Encourage positive decision-making for physical, social and emotional development
  • Teach good sportsmanship
  • Promote social and interpersonal skills through fun activities fostering connections between peers as well as staff
  • Educate members and their families on the importance of life-long healthy behaviors, empowering youth to avoid tobacco, alcohol and drugs

Through local partnerships, clubs are able to provide classes that promote drug free lifestyles, healthy eating and overall healthy lifestyles. Girls can be a part of SMART Girls which provides an avenue for young girls to talk about adolescence and becoming a woman. Boys can participate in Passport to Manhood and learn to lead a life that is respectful and talk through any hardships of becoming a man. Clubs also offer free, healthy meals/snacks every day after school. 

Through quality programming, professional staff and dedicated volunteers, our Clubs guide youth in becoming productive, caring, responsible citizens. We foster accountability and support young people in developing leadership skills while understanding the value of giving back to their community.

 Good character and citizenship programs:

  • Promotes the development of a positive self-image and strong character
  • Teaches positive and effective strategies for responding to conflict
  • Encourages the development of meaningful relationships with others
  • Empowers youth to support and influence their Club and community
  • Teaches respect for their own culture and the cultures of others

Members can join Torch or Keystone Clubs which allow youth the opportunity to run concession stands, volunteer in their community and work with local partners to build relationships. Clubs also participate in Youth of the Year, the premier national recognition program for Boys & Girls Clubs of America members, which honors and celebrates young people who have distinguished themselves by rising above challenging circumstances.

Local Boys & Girls Clubs

Duneland Club

52 W. 100 N.

Chesterton

219-926-9770

Lake Station Club

3350 Indiana St.

Hobart

219-963-9200

Portage Club

5895 Evergreen Avenue

Portage

219-762-4613

South Haven

723 Long Run Road

Valparaiso

219-759-2565

Valparaiso Club

354 W. Jefferson Street

Valparaiso

219-462-2182

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