SMART Programs

SMART Programs

Our array of SMART Programs 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.

 

SMART Moves Goal
To help young people resist the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs and postpone sexual activity.

Program

  • Boys & Girls Club members ages 6-15
     
  • SMART Kids, ages 6-9, provides youth with the knowledge, skills and self- esteem to help them make healthy choices, practice healthy behaviors and avoid risky behaviors and situations, including involvement with alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.
     
  • Start SMART, ages 10-12, provides young people with the knowledge, skills, self-esteem and peer support to help them make healthy choices, practice responsible behaviors, avoid using alcohol, tobacco and other drugs and postpone sexual activity and practice abstinence first.
     
  • Stay SMART, ages 13-15, provides young people with the knowledge, skills, self-esteem and peer support to help them make healthy choices, practice responsible behaviors, avoid using alcohol, tobacco and other drugs and postpone sexual activity.

 

SMART Leaders Goal
To help teens become positive role models for their peers and keep them involved in SMART Moves after they complete the Stay SMART component of the program.

Program

  • Boys & Girls Club members who have completed the Stay SMART component of SMART Moves.
  • SMART Leaders is a two-year peer leader/booster program designed to prepare teens to become leaders in their Club and community. Participants engage in educational discussions about alcohol, tobacco and illicit drugs and are encouraged to recruit other youth for the program. Components include:
    • SMART Leaders I: is a five-session, small-group program followed by a prevention involvement component in which the SMART Leaders youth participate as peer leaders and positive role models in prevention-related and other general activities in the organization.
    • SMART Leaders II: is a flexible small-group discussion program plus involvement component for youth who have completed SMART Leaders I.

 

SMART Girls Goal
To help girls develop and adopt a healthy attitude and lifestyle, as well as acquire and maintain a positive self-concept, sound decision-making skills and mentor relationships

Program

  • Female Club members ages 8 to17
  • SMART Girls is a health, fitness, prevention/education and self-esteem enhancement program for girls. The program is designed to encourage healthy attitudes and lifestyles that will enable adolescent/teen girls to develop to their full potential. SMART Girls offers a module for girls ages 8-12 years and a module for girls ages 13-17 years. Each module consists of two components:
    • Part One: It’s your Body examines media influences on attitudes about females, personal values in dating relationships, date violence, date rape and sexual harassment, sexually transmitted diseases, sexual myths and truths, getting regular gynecological care, and the physical and emotional changes girls experience.
    • Part Two: Take Care of your Body identifies ways to attain healthy eating habits, meet specific nutritional needs, develop basic cooking skills and become physically fit and active. It also emphasizes the importance of knowing how to use the health care delivery system.

 

Date SMART Goal
To allow Club members to examine their feelings about dating and relationships, as well as encourage teens to become community advocates for relationships based on equality and mutual respect.

Program

  • Boys and girls ages 13 to 18
  • Date SMART is intended to increase young people’s understanding and build the skills they need to achieve healthy relationships free of violence and abuse. Club members increase their ability to help friends and family members who may be experiencing dating, sexual or domestic violence.
  • The Date SMART program includes 10 fun, engaging and easy-to-use sessions:
    • Friendship and More
    • True Love
    • Abuse and Respect
    • Strong Men and Strong Women
    • Meeting of the Minds
    • What is sexual assault?
    • Going Out, Breaking Up and Good Communication
    • Speaking Up for Violence-Free Relationships
    • Dating Jeopardy
    • Celebrating New Relationships and Building Support