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Academic & Leadership Development

Academic & Leadership Development Programs

SMART MOVES (Skills Mastery and Resistance Training) is a prevention and education program that addresses the problems of youth involvement in drug and alcohol abuse, and premature sexual activity. The program uses a team approach involving club staff, peer leaders, parents and community representatives. The program involves youth (7-15) in discussions, 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.

KEYSTONE CLUB is a small-group, leadership development club for youth 14-18 years old. It helps them become responsible citizens and acquire skills for participating in the democratic process. It helps to develop leadership skills and provide opportunities for planning, decision making, contributing to the club and the community. Members elect officers, choose their own activities and plan and implement community service projects.

TORCH CLUB is a small-group leadership development club that targets 11-13 year olds. This club helps our children to develop a positive self-image, to build and sustain meaningful relationships with others while participating in the democratic process and learning to respect others. Members of this club “graduate” to the Keystone Club when they turn 14.

POWER HOUR is an educational enhancement program that has three “circuits”: educational enrichment activities in the form of “Power Pages” (skills reinforcement and practice); help with homework and finishing assignments; and, tutoring to gain proficiency in specific areas such as math or language arts. The program is offered in small groups and individual sessions.

PROJECT LEARN reinforces and enhances the skills children learn in school during the time they spend at the club. Staff provide “high-yield learning activities” which include leisure reading, writing activities, discussions with knowledgeable adults, helping others, homework assistance and tutoring. It also includes games such as Scrabble, Upwords, and software like Math Blaster to assist in the development of members’ cognitive skills.

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