Health & Life Skills

These 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.


The SMART Moves (Skills Mastery and Resistance Training) education and prevention program addresses problems such as drug and alcohol use and premature sexual activity. The program uses a team approach involving Club staff, peer leaders, parents, and community representatives. The ultimate goal is to promote abstinence from substance abuse and premature sexual involvement through the practice of responsible behavior.

 Passport to Manhood

Passport to Manhood promotes and teaches responsibility while reinforcing positive behavior in male Club Members ages 11 to14. Passport to Manhood consists of 14 small-group sessions, each of which concentrates on a specific aspect of manhood through highly interactive activities. Each participant is issued his own “Passport” to underscore the idea that he is on a journey of maturation and personal growth.


An outgrowth of the popular and effective SMART Moves program, SMART Girls is a health, fitness, prevention/education, and self-esteem enhancement program for girls ages 8 to 17. The program is designed to encourage healthy attitudes and lifestyles that will enable early adolescent girls to develop to their full potential.

Sports, Fitness, & Recreation

Children love to play!

The Boys & Girls Clubs provide a safe place to learn, grow, and play – all while having fun! Our seven clubs in Wake County have many sport-specific and non-sport-specific programs designed to help youth:
Develop fitness
Develop a positive use of leisure time
Reduce stress
Appreciate the environment
Develop social and interpersonal skills
Engage in positive behaviors
The Boys & Girls Clubs also have a summer day camp for youth ages 6-18. Activities include sports, social recreation, educational enrichment, arts, field trips, and much more, including our 162-acre camp in Nash County. For more information on all the fun recreational activities available to Members, contact your local club!