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Youth Development Strategy

Boys & Girls Clubs' programs are designed to maximize opportunities for young people to acquire four basic "senses" which help them build self-esteem and grow into responsible citizens. These four "senses" are: 

  • A sense of competence - Young people feel proud and confident when they acquire new skills and know they can do something and do it well.
  • A sense of usefulness - Young people know that satisfication of doing something of value for others.
  • A sense of belonging - Young people know they are welcome and feel they fit in and are accepted.
  • A sense of power and influence - Young people know their opinions are heard and valued and that they can influence decisions.


Core Beliefs
A Boys & Girls Club provides: 

  • A safe place to learn and grow.
  • Ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals.
  • Life-enhancing programs and character development experiences.
  • Hope and opportunity.

Core Program Areas

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Clifton offer programs in 5 core areas: 
  • Character & Leadership Development
  • Education & Career Development
  • Health & Life Skills
  • The Arts
  • Sports, Fitness & Recreation


The Boys & Girls Clubs of Clifton also offer some specialized initiatives, and social and cultural events.