The Boys & Girls Club of Elgin provides life-enhancing programs within five core program areas:
Programs in this core program area enable youth to become proficient in basic educational disciplines, apply learning to everyday situations, and embrace technology to achieve success in a career. Activities include homework assistance, tutoring, computer skills training, job shadowing, cooking club, and various other educational games and activities.
Programs in this area develop young people’s capacity to engage in positive behaviors that nurture their own well-being, set personal goals, and live successfully as self-sufficient adults. Activities include drug education, gang resistance, cultural appreciation, diversity training, and peer chat.
Programs in this core program area empower youth to support and influence their Club and community, sustain meaningful relationships with others, develop a positive self-image, participate in the democratic process, and respect their own and others’ cultural identities. Activities include teen dances, garbage clean-up projects, leadership conferences, and other various community service projects.
Programs in this area enable youth to develop their creativity and cultural awareness through knowledge and appreciation of the visual arts, crafts, performing arts, and creative writing. Activities include arts and crafts, digital photography, digital movie-making, digital music-making, choir, mural making, and dance club.
Programs in this area develop fitness, positive use of leisure time, skills for stress management, appreciation for the environment, and social skills. Activities include basketball competition, games room tournaments, outdoor games and activities, fitness activities and training, field trips, and much more.