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 Brianna Mitchell
2017  Youth of the Year!!!
Brianna Mitchell is a ten year member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of
South Puget Sound, Lakewood Branch, and is a senior at Lakes High School. At the Club she is a member of Keystone, participates in SMART Girls, Healthy Habits, and drama programs. She is actively involved in volleyball, her school's student government, and community service. Brianna plans to attend Eastern Washington University to study psychology and pursue a career as a psychologist.

Brianna was named the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound 2017 Youth of the Year at the Legacy of HOPE event on February 16th. She will represent the organization at the Washington State Youth of the Year competition with 12 other teens representing their Clubs from across the State, March 21-23. As the BGCSPS Youth of the Year, Brianna will receive a minimum of a $5,000 scholarship.

Youth of the Year is Boys & Girls Clubs of America's premier youth leadership and recognition program, celebrating the extraordinary achievements of Club members. Candidates embody the values of leadership, service, academic excellence and healthy lifestyles. They exemplify the critical impact the Boys & Girls Clubs have on the lives of young people. Judges score each candidate based on their essays, interviews, public speaking and overall application. 

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 
Youth of the Year is Boys & Girls Clubs of America's premier youth leadership and recognition program, celebrating the extraordinary achievements of Club members. Candidates embody the values of leadership, service, academic excellence and healthy lifestyles. They exemplify the critical impact the Boys & Girls Clubs have on the lives of young people. Judges score each candidate based on their essays, interviews, public speaking and overall application. 

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.