About Our Clubhouse Programs

At Boys & Girls Clubs of Marin and Petaluma (BGCMP), we serve more than 5,300 youth ages 6-18 and 70,000 meals annually at 15 Clubhouses throughout Marin County and Petaluma. BGCMP strives to enable all young people; especially those who need us most to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. Our promise to Marin and Petaluma youth: to provide a safe, positive place and have a significant impact on their lives.

The true work of Boys & Girls Clubs – the heart of what we do—lies fittingly at the center of our Formula for Impact. To create the optimal outcome-driven Club experience, BGCMP provides high-yield activities and targeted programs, actively encouraging young people to attend more frequently, and employ Five Key Elements for positive youth development. In recent years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America has made great strides in becoming a leader in outcomes measurement in the youth-serving sector, building the capability of Club organizations to collect and use data to gauge our positive effect on youth members. Based on youth development research and more than a century of Clubs’ own experiences, BGCA articulated a new theory of change in 2010. The Formula for Impact guides Clubs in helping youth achieve outcomes in three priority areas: Academic Success, Good Character and Citizenship, and Healthy Lifestyles.

Positive Self Esteem
Boys & Girls Clubs subscribe to the theory that programs should provide youth with a Sense of Belonging, a Sense of Usefulness, a Sense of Competence, and a Sense of Power or Influence. When this has been established, the self-esteem of youth will be enhanced.

Five Key Elements for Positive Youth Development

  • A safe, positive environment to learn and grow
  • Fun
  • Ongoing and Supportive relationships, with caring adult professionals
  • Life-enhancing programs and character development experiences; creating opportunities and expectations for development
  • Hope, Opportunity, and Recognition for youth

Boys & Girls Clubs of America Clubhouse Programs Offered

Education & Career

DIY STEM 2.0: Hands-on STEM activities for Tweens!
Do It Yourself STEM brings all the fun of scientific exploration into members hands as they work with peers to create cool artifacts that demonstrate scientific principles!

Diplomas to Degrees (d2D)
Diplomas to Degrees (d2D), BGCA’s new college readiness program, provides a range of services to guide Club members as they work toward high school graduation and prepare for post-secondary education and career success.

Summer Brain Gain: READ!
Supported by Staples, Summer Brain Gain: READ! is a 12-week summer reading program to improve the reading skills of youth with a new book presented each week per age group.

The My.Future initiative transforms the way young people use technology in Clubs. Supported by Comcast, My.Future encourages youth to develop digital literacy and earn certifications, or digital badges, as they progress through the learning experiences. Starting with “Essentials,” My.Future provides Club youth with foundational technology skills, then advances to “Extensions” where youth could learn robotics, game design and even online journalism based on their interest pathways.

Power Hour: Making Minutes Count
Power Hour: Making Minutes Count provides Club professionals with the strategies, activities, resources and information to create an engaging homework help and tutoring program that encourages Club members at every age to become self-directed learners.

BE GREAT: Graduate
This program uses the early warning signals — attendance, behavior and course failure — to identify youth at risk of dropping out of school.

Junior Staff: Cultivating Tomorrow’s Club Professionals Today
Junior Staff is a small-group program that is both practical and user friendly. It assists Club members ages 13 to 18 in exploring a career in youth or human services, particularly Boys & Girls Club work.

Project Learn
Project Learn reinforces the academic enrichment and school engagement of young people during the time they spend at the Club.


Project is an effective, research  driven solution that differentiates instruction in foundation reading skills and accelerates student achievement; all in an engaging, interactive, online learning environment. The program continuously evaluates each youths exact skill level, learning temperament and learning pace. Based on this information, the adoptive content system automatically delivers the right level of skill inspiration and practice to keep learners in the zone of proximal development.

Character & Leadership Development

Torch Club

Torch Clubs are chartered, small-group leadership and service clubs for boys and girls ages 11 to 13. A
Torch Club is a powerful vehicle through which Club staff can help meet the special character development needs of younger adolescents at a critical stage in their life.

Keystone Club
Keystoning is the Boys & Girls Club Movement’s ultimate teen program. This unique leadership development experience provides opportunities for young people ages 14 to 18. Youth participate, both in and out of the Club, in activities in three focus areas: academic success, career preparation and community service. With the guidance of an adult advisor, Keystone Clubs aim to have a positive impact on members, the Club and community.

Youth of the Year
Since 1947, Youth of the Year has been Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s premier recognition program, celebrating the extraordinary achievements of Club members. Each year, one exceptional Club member is selected to be the National Youth of the Year. The National Youth of the Year serves as both an exemplary ambassador for Boys& Girls Club youth and as a strong voice for all of our nation’s young people.

Health & Life Skills


The SMART Moves (Skills Mastery and Resistance Training) prevention/education program addresses problems such as drug and alcohol use and premature sexual activity.

  • Passport to Manhood
    Passport to Manhood promotes and teaches responsibility in Club boys ages 11 to 14. Passport to Manhood consists of 14 sessions, each concentrating on a specific aspect of character and manhood through highly interactive activities
  • SMART Girls
    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.

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

Healthy Habits: A Triple Play Program
Designed to incorporate healthy living and active learning in every part of the Club experience, Healthy Habits emphasizes good nutrition, regular physical activity and improving overall well-being.

The Arts

ImageMakers National Photography Program
This year-round program encourages Club members ages 6 to 18 to learn and practice black-and-white, color, digital and alternative process photography. The ImageMakers National Photography Program Resource Guide is full of fun, creative activity ideas for three skill levels, contains a brief, user-friendly guide for advisors and details information about the annual photography contest that provides local, regional and national recognition.

National Fine Arts Exhibit Program
This year-round program encourages artistic expression among Club members ages 6 to 18 through drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, mixed media and sculpture displayed at local and regional exhibits.

Sports, Fitness & Recreation

Triple Play: A Game Plan for Mind, Body and Soul
Triple Play, a comprehensive health and wellness program, strives to improve the overall health of Club members ages 6-18 by increasing their daily physical activity, teaching them good nutrition and helping them develop healthy relationships.

How to register?

Space is limited and registration is first come, first serve. In order to register your child for a specific after-school program or summer camp, please contact the site director on the Clubhouse page.