Teen Members ages 13 - 18 years old enjoy their own Club within a Club in the Teen Center. The space is complete with computer stations, a social recreation area, space for homework and projects and a lounge area. Teens have plenty of space to relax after school with friends in a teen-only environment where they can work on homework, play video games or pool, go on the computer or just hang out.
Follow Teen Coordinator, Jose Roman, on Facebook or Twitter @WBGCteencenter and learn about specific activities taking place in the Teen Center.
Opportunities available for teens include:
- Leadership building programs
- Post high school education preparation
- Career exploration
- Volunteering opportunities
- Technology and arts programs
- Homework help
- Sports and Dance teams
- Junior Staff job opportunities
- Friday teen nights and teen only hours from 6 - 8pm Mon through Thursday
Curriculum based, teen-only programs include:
Career Launch: Career Launch is a fun and exciting program that prepares teens for the working world. Club teens 13-18 years old embark on a journey to explore careers, make sound educational decisions and find success in the world of work. Staff members work with teens in small groups to build their job-search skills and job readiness. Teens get experience job searching, filling our resumes and going on mock interviews.
Junior Staff: Through participation in Junior Staff, teens will develop interpersonal skills, a strong work ethic and a sense of community engagement while experiencing on-the-job Club work.
Money Matters: Money Matters promotes financial responsibility and independence among Club members ages 13-18 by building their basic money management skills. Participants learn how to manage a checking account, budget, save and invest. They also learn about starting small businesses and paying for college.
Diplomas 2 Degrees: The Diplomas 2 Degrees (d2D) program is a post secondary education readiness initiative designed to prepare members for post-secondary education (trade school, community college or a four year college or university) and career success. The program includes: supporting young people with step-by-step progression to become college ready; providing experiences such as college tours that familiarize teens with post-secondary opportunities; assisting teens in pursuing and securing financial aid; fostering supportive relationships between teens and adults who can provide ongoing support through the young person's college or post-high school experience.
Keystone Elite Club: The Keystone Elite Club is a chartered leadership and service club for boys and girls ages 14 to 18 years old. Keystoners elect officers, choose their own activities and plan and implement community service projects. The photo on the right features some of our Keystone members at the 2015 National Keystone Conference held in Florida.
Passport to Manhood: Passport to Manhood promotes and teaches responsibility in boys ages 13-18 years old. The program concentrates on a specific aspect of manhood through highly interactive activities. Each participant receives his own "passport" to underscore the notion that he is on a personal journey of maturation and growth.
Date SMART: Date SMART is intended for teens, 13-18 years old. The program helps a young person examine their feelings about dating and relationships and helps them build the skills they need to achieve healthy relationships free of violence and abuse. Through participation in Date SMART, Club members increase their ability to help friends and family members who may be experiencing dating, sexual or domestic violence. Reailtyworks is incorporated into a portion of this program.
SMART Girls: SMART Girls is a small-group health, fitness, prevention/education and self esteem enhancement program designed to meet the development needs of girls ages 13-18 years old. Girls participate in hands-on activities and go on field trips while building skills for eating right, staying physically fit, getting good health care and developing positive relationships with peers and adults. SMART Girls also incorporates a segment where the girls are placed into real life situations while given RealCare Babies, a computerized infant simulator that requires realistic care. This program, Realityworks, is a researched proven prevention program that helps young people realize first hand the consequences of teenage parenting.
Youth of the Year: The Youth of the Year program recognizes service to the Club and community, academic performance and contributions to family and spiritual life. The Club selects a local Youth of the Year who competes to become the Massachusetts Youth of the Year. The winner then participates in regional and national Youth of the Year competitions where they have the opportunity to win scholarships and meet high-ranking public officials, including the President of the United States. Learn more about our current Youth of the Year, Janessa Ayala, and the Youth of the Year dinner.