The Boys & Girls Club of Wayne/Johnston Counties is helping local youths be successful in school and successful in life through three United Way-funded programs: Aim for Success, SMART Moves and Triple Play

“Aim for Success offers club members activities, strategies, guidance and support to improve their academic and cognitive skills, increase their knowledge about the importance of civic involvement, develop positive relationships with peers and adults, improve their psychological well-being and sense of self, become more knowledgeable about the pathways to attending college and better prepare them for future schooling and careers,” said Charity Johnson, chief operations officer.

Activities under this program include power hour, career launch, project learn, junior staff, Torch Club, Youth of the Year, summer brain games, money matters and Project Learn.

She said SMART moves is a prevention and education program for children and youth ages 5 through 15 that addresses problems such as drug and alcohol abuse and premature sexual activity.

Activities under this program include SMART Girls, Passport to Manhood, Street Smart and SMART Kids.

“Triple Play is a comprehensive health and wellness program that strives to improve the overall health of club members (ages) 6 through 16 by increasing daily physical activity, teaching them about good nutrition and helping them develop healthy relationships,” Johnson said.

She said to make sure that all the club members have great futures, the club has adopted the Formula for Impact, a research-based theory of change that describes how individual clubs as a whole can positively influence the lives of young people.

“We provide an experience that assures success within reach of every young person who comes through our doors, with all members on track to graduate from high school with a plan for the future, demonstrating good character and citizenship and living a healthy lifestyle,” Johnson said.

“We provide opportunities for our youths such as college tours, STEM camps, drumming up character and gang prevention training — all of which help our youths be successful in school and in life.”