Health & Life Skills

Our Health & Life Skills programming develops 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.


NetSmartz teaches Internet safety skills through engaging multimedia activities and offline interaction with Club professionals in three age-appropriate modules:

==> Clicky’s Web World – ages 6 to 7

==> NetSmartz Rules – 8 to 12

==> I-360 – 13 to 18

Topics include personal safety, shopping safety and ethical use of the Internet. Clicky’s Web World and NetSmartz Rules are available online at YNet Kids Town. I-360 is available on YNet, our Web site for teens. BGCA collaborated with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children to develop NetSmartz.

Program Description: An Internet safety program that teaches club members how to be safe on the Internet.

Program Location(s): Great Oak, Alberhill & Murrieta Clubhouses


Triple Play is a dynamic wellness program currently offered in Boys & Girls Clubs that demonstrates how eating right, keeping fit and forming positive relationships add up to a healthy lifestyle. The goal of the Triple Play program is to improve Club members’ knowledge of healthy habits; increase the number of hours per day they participate in physical activities; and strengthen their ability to interact positively with others and engage in positive relationships.

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Program Description: A health and wellness program designed to empower young people (for ages 6 - 15) to make informed decisions about their physical, mental and social well-being.

Program Location(s): Great Oak, Alberhill & Murrieta Clubhouses


The SMART Moves (Skills Mastery and Resistance Training) prevention/education program addresses the problems of drug and alcohol use and premature sexual activity. Based on proven techniques, the program uses a team approach involving Club staff, peer leaders, parents and community representatives. More than simply emphasizing a "Say No" message, the program teaches young people ages 6-15 how to say no by involving them in discussion and 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 .

Program Description: A drug and alcohol educational program that focuses on self-esteem and good decision making.

Program Location(s): Great Oak, Alberhill & Murrieta Clubhouses


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 10-15. The program is designed to encourage healthy attitudes and lifestyles that will enable early adolescent girls to develop to their full potential. Through dynamic sessions, highly participatory activities, field trips and mentoring opportunities with adult women, Club girls explore their own and societal attitudes and values as they build skills for eating right, staying physically fit, getting good health care and developing positive relationships with peers and adults.

Program Description: Focuses on teaching girls self-esteem and self-worth in a group setting.

Program Location(s): Great Oak, Alberhill & Murrieta Clubhouses