Power Hour: Making Minutes Count
The Boys and Girls Clubs of Black Hills are focused on academic success
for kids who need it most. Our professional staff is here to ensure that each member has the tools needed to reach graduation.
The Power Hour materials provide practical tips and best practices for recognition and incentives, behavior management, volunteer recruitment and training, collaboration with other organizations and use of technology and the Internet.
Triple Play: A Game Plan for the Mind, Body and Soul
More than just sports club. Triple Play, is a dynamic wellness program that demonstrates how eating right, keeping fit and forming positive relationships add up to a healthy lifestyle. We work our bodies, our minds, and our souls. We focus on sportsmanship, positive attitudes, improving our selves and each other. Whether we are playing volleyball, running on the track or having a potato sack race, we’re in it together.
Triple Play Parents Game Plan
Because parents play such a critical role in the development of a child's physical and social well-being, BGCA and Coca-Cola produced a tool, Triple Play Parents Game Plan, that can be used at home – where healthy habits start, are modeled and reinforced.
The SMART (Skills Mastery and Resistance Training) Moves program is a nationally acclaimed prevention program. More than simply emphasizing a "Say No" message, the program teaches young people ages 6 to 15 how to say no by involving them in discussion and role-playing, practicing resistance and refusal skills, developing assertiveness, strengthening decision-making skills and analyzing media and peer influence. The ultimate goal: to promote abstinence from substance abuse and adolescent sexual involvement through the practice of responsible behavior.
C.A.T: Clubs Against Tobacco
Clubs Against Tobacco is an age-specific tobacco prevention and education program for Club kids. C.A.T. teaches kids the risks of tobacco use in addition to how to handle peer and media pressure.
Youth of the Year
Club members who earn the youth of the Year title embody the values of leadership service; academic excellence; and healthy lifestyles. They exemplify the critical impact that Boys Girls Clubs have on the lives of young people.
Competition begins with each Club selecting a Youth of the Year between the ages of 14 to 18, who then participates in state competitions. State winners each receive a $5,000 scholarship and advance to regional competitions. Regional winners receive an additional $10,000 college scholarship, renewable for four years up to $40,000. Six youth, including five regional winners and a military winner, advance to the National Youth of the Year competition for a chance at an additional scholarship of $25,000, renewable up to $100,000 for four years. The National Youth of the Year represents all Boys & Girls Club youth.
Trips for Kids
Trips for Kids: Gears up for Great Futures bike program encourages Club members to gear up and get active by simply riding a bike. Trips for Kids provides fun-filled, daylong and afterschool mountain bike outings for our Club members across the Black Hills. The trips are led by our Ride Leaders who, with the help of our dedicated adult volunteers, teach local youth basic mountain biking skills, promote healthy living and environmental stewardship. The outdoors provide the perfect classroom to teach Club members skills that increase their appreciation and awareness of the natural environment.
Local youth will explore the beautiful Black Hills while they ride on some of South Dakota’s the premiere trails such as the 114-mile Mickelson Trail, Spearfish canyon Byway and Hot Springs Freedom Trail. Nearly all of the 1.2-million-arce National Forest is open to bikers and especially accessible for our Trips for Kids program. Trips for Kids provides the bikes, helmets, water bottles, bags and technical expertise to safely facilitate a fun-filled day on a bike. Come join us for some epic rides in our beautiful Black Hills!
Trips for Kids of the Black Hills is a member of Trips for Kids® International a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Marin County, California. Founded in 1988 and now operating in over 80 locations throughout the United States, Canada and Israel, Trips for Kids (TFK®) International has opened the world of cycling to over 100,000 at-risk youth through guided mountain bike rides and job training/earn-a-bike programs. All TFK chapters, modeled on the foundation of the original TFK Marin program, are managed and operated independently at the local level but share a common goal. Their mission is to use bicycles as a vehicle for lessons in confidence building, achievement, health, fitness and environmental awareness through the development of practical skills and the simple act of having fun.
We would not be able to do the work we do without the generous support of our Trips for Kids International Sponsors and are proud to be working in partnership with these companies. Please join us in saying thank you by patronizing their business whenever possible.