5 Core Programs
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County provides a wide range of programs and activities that meet the needs of the youth in our community. Our five core program areas allow us to engage young people in activities with adults, peers, and family members that enable them to develop self-esteem and to reach their full potential. Based on physical, emotional, cultural, and social needs and interests of girls & boys, and recognizing these principles, the Club offers tested, proven and nationally recognized programs in five core program areas:
Character & Leadership
Helping youth become responsible, caring citizens and acquire skills for participating in the democratic process is the main thrust of these programs. They also develop leadership skills and provide opportunities for planning, decision-making, contributing to Club and community and celebrating our national heritage.
Education & Career Development
These programs help youth create aspirations for the future, providing opportunities for career exploration and educational enhancement.
Health & Life Skills
These initiatives 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.
Programs in this core area enable youth to develop their creativity and cultural awareness through knowledge and appreciation of the visual arts, crafts, performing arts and creative writing.
Sports, Fitness and Recreation
These Club programs help develop fitness, a positive use of leisure time, reduction of stress, appreciation for the environment and social and interpersonal skills.