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Core Programs

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Programs span the following six vehicles for development:

  • Character and Leadership Development
  • Education and Career Development
  • Health and Life Skills
  • The Arts
  • Sports, Fitness and Recreation

Character and Leadership Development

Empowers 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.

Youth of the Year

Highlights the academic, community, church and clubhouse achievements of our branch's outstanding youth via competitions at the local, regional and national levels.

Partnership Program

Our mentoring adults are Senior Partners, kids are Junior Partners. This program matches members of our Board, alumni and friends with teen members. 

Keystone Clubs

A nationally affiliated leadership development program for 14-17 year olds. The club meet weekly, planning and implenting and implement their own activities and projects with guidance from an adult advisor.

Keystone Council

Our youth advisory council is comprised of the officers of our four Keystone Clubs.

Torch Clubs

A nationally affiliated leadership development program for 11-13 year olds. The Clubs have objectives similar to Keystone Clubs and serve as a natural "feeder system" for Keystone.

ducation and Career Development

Enables youth to become proficient in basic educational disciplines, apply learning to everyday situations and embrace technology to achieve success in a career.

Junior Staff and Junior Leader Career Development

The Junior Staff component provides paid employment opportunities for deserving members 14 years of age and older. The Junior Leaders component provides volunteer opportunities for younger members who aspire to Junior Staff status. This program prepares members for leadership roles as professionals or volunteers.

Power Hour

A tutorial and homework assistance Program that includes remedial and academic enrichment. The Brain Factory is coordinated with and supplements the work of the schools.

Gerald A. Awes Scholarship

Provides up to $2,500 in annual academic and vocational scholarship assistance for eligible Club alumni.

Awards & Recognition

Builds self-esteem through the public recognition of members' achievements.

Career Beginnings

A three way venture between Boys & Girls Clubs of Oakland, Private Industry Council and Youth Employment Partnership. Begins at age 11; introduces youth to a wide variety of career options; and helps them to create personal and professional goals. Serves as a bridge between adolescence and first time work experience.

ealth and Life Skills

Develops 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.


A comprehensive national prevention program designed to instill anti-drug, anti-alcohol and anti-early sexual activity messages. This program helps members make smarter, more deliberate "moves" as they cope with being a youth in an increasingly hostile environment.

Health Screenings

Provides free medical examination to determine fitness for physically oriented programs and activities.


Promotes the development of healthy eating habits via the USDA free lunch and snack programs supplemented with periodic Clubhouse cooking classes.

The Arts

Enables youth to develop their creativity and cultural awareness through knowledge and appreciation of the visual arts, craft, performing arts, and creative writing.

Arts & Crafts

A positive leisure-time pursuit which promotes a constructive means of self-expression through painting, drawing, photography, ceramics, sculpting and other visual arts, and appreciation of all fine arts. 

Performing Arts

A positive leisure-time pursuit which promotes constructive means of self-expression which exposes youth to the fundamentals of dance, music and other forms of the performing arts.

Sports, Fitness and Recreation

Develops fitness, positive use of leisure time, skills for stress management, appreciation for the environment, and social skills.

Seasonal Tournaments

A collaboration of local Club organizations united for the purpose of providing structured inter-club activities, events, sport leagues, tournaments, and game room competitions.

Physical Fitness

Promotes basic fitness as a lifetime pursuit. Programs include nutrition education, baseball, basketball, flag football, and other sports activities including a Girls Sports program.

Skill Clinics

Provides members with concentrated exposure to professionals from the fields of athletics and fitness.

Game Room

Develops positive leisure-time pursuits, social skills and hand-eye coordination.

Camp Mendocino

A residential camping experience that takes youngsters, age 6 through 14 years, out of the inner city for 10 to 12 day camping