Club Programs


The Arts

Art After School
In this partnership we will be learning the fundamentals of art, taught by a professional artist in weekly workshops.  We will
also visit the Tacoma Art Museum, and wrap it all up with an exhibition of the students work.

National Fine Arts Program
This is a year-round program that encourages artistic expression among club members ages 6-18 through drawing, painting, print making, collage and mixed media. Artwork will be displayed at
local and regional exhibits.

Photography Club
Experiment with pinhole cameras, developing your own film and printing your own pictures. We will enter our best works into the National Boys & Girls Club Photography Exhibit.

Arts and Crafts
Weave lanyards, draw, paint, paper mache’, bead jewelry and explore your creative side.  We will be crafting as well as trying
out fine art mediums such as pastels, pencil, charcoal,
watercolors and oil paints. 

Dance Class 
A range of dances from Jazz, Lyrical and ballet.  Let’s learn and have some fun together.  We will perform our dances in front of
an audience as a finale.  No experience needed.  

Drama Club
Participate in Theatre exercises and games.  Learn different
drama techniques and skills. Finally, put it all together at the
end in a grand finale play to perform in front an audience.

Health and Life Skills

Healthy Habits  
Go on an adventurous nature hike, make a food pyramid, and participate in a snack burn-off all while learning about nutrition, exercise, and how to incorporate sensible diets into an active lifestyle.

Smart Moves
This program addresses the problems of drug and alcohol use and premature sexual activity and teaches young people how to say no. This program includes discussion, role playing, practicing resistance and refusal skills, developing assertiveness, strengthening decision-making skills and analyzing media and peer influence.  It’s educational and fun at the same time.

Smart Girls
A program for girls to come together to discuss issues that are relevant to their lives, share experiences and learn from each other, under supervision of caring professional staff.

Boys to Men/Guy Talk   
Learn about health and fitness, self-esteem and promoting healthy attitudes and lifestyles all from a guy’s perspective. Join us for guest speakers, games, role plays and some male bonding.

Friday Night Movie 
We will rent the hottest blockbuster and pop some popcorn. Come and join us-kick back and enjoy! 

Monthly Birthday Bash  
Join us in celebrating all of our Club member’s birthdays that have occurred in that month with cake, singing and lots of fun. 

Teen Late Night  For members 6th grade through age 18     

Technology

BOTT Building Opportunity Through Technology
Have fun in the computer lab learning new skills
Youth of the year
Congratulations Adaiya Granberry
2015  Youth of the Year!!!
Adaiya is a senior at Wilson High School and has attended the D.A. Gonyea Branch for four years. Adaiya was a Club member in elementary school and has returned since being in high school. Besides being the ASB President of her senior class, Adaiya is the Vice President of Key Club, has taken several AP Courses and plays on the women’s soccer team at Wilson. Adaiya enjoys spending her free time at the Gonyea Branch. From being a part of the Keystone program, to being a member of Junior Staff and participating  in SMART Girls, Adaiya says she has found herself and who she wants to be in the future because of the Club. After graduating, Adaiya wants to attend Boston College and become a financial consultant to help small businesses.
Character and Leadership Development

Youth of the Month 
Youths of the Month are chosen on the basis of their participation, sportsmanship, school improvement and are nominated by their peers, volunteers and staff.

Youth of the Year 
Designed to promote and recognize service to club and community, academic performance, and contributions to family and spiritual life. Potential for scholarship money for college!
 
Small group leadership development clubs for youth ages 11-13 that selects its own officers chooses its own activities and plans and implements its own community service projects. 

Small group leadership development club for youth ages 14-18 that elects its own officers chooses its own activities and plans and implements its own community service projects.

Sports, Fitness and Recreation

Northwest Youth Sports Alliance: 
NYSA is  a partnership between Boys & Girls Clubs and Metro Parks that was established in 2005 to streamline and standardize youth sports resources for parents and players in Tacoma.  

Daily Games room Tournaments  
Foosball, Power Prop, Blow Soccer and other games make up our daily games room tournaments. 

Education and Career Development                 

Get help with your homework while earning power points and work your way towards great incentives.  Each week you will have the chance of spending or saving your Power Hour Points on Fridays.  

Project Learn
Through Project Learn, club staff use all areas of the club to create opportunities for high yield learning activities. These activities often include reading and writing projects, educational games such as Scrabble and math bingo, and homework and tutoring help.

Goals for Graduation
Participate in goal setting sessions, create an action plan, and follow through to achieve success in the future.  Goals for Graduation allows kids ages 6-15 to set short and long term goals in order to reach their own ultimate dream. 

Junior Staff Ages 12-18 
Fill out a job application to become a Junior Staff. Go through an interview process and you may be chosen to help out with activities at the Club and even learn office skills and how to run an effective program. It’s a great way to get that “first job/volunteer” experience and make contacts for future job references.