The Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley offers diverse activities that meet the interests of youth. Every day, an average of 550 San Fernando Valley youth stream through one of our doors and participate in academic, social, and recreational programming.
Together, we are guided by the passion to inspire and enable the youth who need us most. Our vision is to build the community’s social and economic fabric by ensuring the academic and career success of every member that walks through our doors.
We provide safe environments during critical hours of the day – after-school until 6 p.m. During this time, we support youth with their homework, encourage them to participate in moving their body for 30 minutes, and ensure access to healthy snacks. Every day, our members have an opportunity to get involved and learn something new.
We achieve this by providing programs with impact that appeal to our members, strengthen their academic performance, build character, encourage healthy lifestyles, and meet the basic needs of our young people.
Our core programs engage young people in activities that enable them to develop self-esteem and reach their full potential. We strive to base programs on interests, and the physical, emotional, cultural, and social needs of our youth. Our team of Young Development Professionals (YDPs/Couch) delivers programs that recognize youth development principles and practices.
Special initiatives and programs focus on social and educational enhancement to help youth achieve Academic Success, Develop Good Character and Citizenship, and engage in Healthy Lifestyles.
We know our programs are making a meaningful difference with positive outcomes in regard to attitudes and behaviors about achieving academic success, developing good character and citizenship, and practicing healthy lifestyles.
To date we proudly share that 74% of alumni say the Club kept them out of trouble, 66% say they became more committed to their education because of the Club, and 87% of alumni say the Club was one of the best things available to them growing up in the community.
Education & Career Development
programs reinforce what youth learn during the school day, while creating experiences that invite them to fall in love with learning and enable all youth to be effective, engaged learners who are on track to graduate with a plan for their future.
We offer many programs including:
STEM & Technology Lab
State-of-the-art computer access, computer training, educational games, 3D printing internet safety program.
A career development a program for kids ages 11-14.
Additional Educational Activities
Newspaper activities, writing contests, geography fun, and much more.
Helps young people on a path to graduation and the pursuit of higher education.
STEPS and KOLLAB
Focused on exploring career opportunities and entrepreneurship through our workforce development program.
While youth have fun, we are weaving in opportunities for youth to apply their academic skills by participating in these diverse programs.
program (digital, fine, applied, and performing) encourages the member’s imagination and self-expression.
Help youth develop knowledge and understanding of specific art forms while developing communication, critical thinking, and creativity.
We are helping youth express themselves through a multitude of Arts programming.
Youth are eager to be involved in music, dance, drama, and fine arts, and have been involved with community Art shows, theater performances, and talent shows.
Program participation has increased by 40% with these enhanced activities.
Health & Wellness
programs provide opportunities for youth to enhance relationships with themselves and others, regulate emotions, and solve problems. We accomplish this by teaching them how to develop social-emotional skills, build positive attitudes, and skills for healthy decision-making.
Groups explore a range of health topics and behaviors, including substance abuse, sexual behavior, and violence to help them cope with the changes from childhood to adolescence to becoming caring, productive, and responsible adults.
Some of our annual programs include:
Goals for Growth
Goal setting program for 8-12-year-olds.
A Financial Literacy program for kids ages 11-14.
Provides members with the knowledge, skills, and self-esteem to help them avoid risky behaviors and situations including tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs.
Prepare girls ages 10-15 to make positive decisions and to develop healthy attitudes and lifestyles.
Helps young people ages 11-13 successfully identify, resist, and resolve negative conflict.
Passport to Manhood
Character & Leadership Development
programs build leadership with self, leadership with others, and leadership with the community while gaining the confidence and abilities they need to create meaningful change.
Youth of the Year (YOY)
Members at each site are selected monthly to be their Youth of the Month participant. The eight selected members at each site between September and April then compete to be the site’s Youth of the Year. The winners are all invited, along with their families, to attend the Youth of the Year Event in May and be recognized for their character and leadership development. Our High School members then compete with other Clubs in the Los Angeles area and have an opportunity to go on to win a national competition.
KeyStone & Torch Clubs
Leadership development programs for kids in high school and middle school. This year we will look to launch a new leadership program for our elementary school aged members.
Club members are actively involved in planning and implementing service projects that serve their community and beyond.
Sports & Recreation
programs promote healthy development. We support members and schools through an array of psychomotor programs.
These programs and activities include:
Fitness Authority Competition
Ping Pong, Foosball, Air Hockey, and Table Games
Tournaments, Special Events, Field Trips