of our members who participated in nutrition classes said they have a greater understanding of healthy eating.

of our members receive free & reduced lunch.

of our members participated in sports, fitness and social recreation programs last year.

Our Strategy

Our Healthy Lifestyles strategy develops young people’s capacity to live healthfully by educating youth about fitness, nutrition and smart decisions. Activities focus on instilling positive conflict resolution techniques, engaging in positive behaviors, setting personal goals, and building resistance skills that nurture and strengthen their minds and bodies.

Featured Program

Garden Initiative

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities have recently launched a garden initiative as a component of our Healthy Lifestyles programming. This new program is part of a farm-to-table education initiative to incorporate a STEM and garden-based nutrition program.

Healthy Lifestyles Programs

The overarching goal of the Kids Feeding Kids program is to ensure that the participating children receive the essential nutrients, as well as the nutritional education, to grow into healthy and productive members of society. The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities achieves this goal by providing daily meals, cooking classes, and gardening opportunities through a unique program called Kids Feeding Kids.

Promotes and teaches responsibility to boys ages 8-17. Passport to Manhood consists of 14 sessions, each of which concentrates on a specific aspect of manhood through highly interactive activities. Passport to Manhood represents a targeted effort to engage young men in discussions and activities that reinforce positive behavior.

Skills Mastery and Resistance Training (SMART) Girls is a small-group health, fitness, prevention/education and self-esteem enhancement program designed to meet the developmental needs of girls in three age groups. 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 as well as adults.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities understand the importance of sports and sports leagues. Not only do they empower youth and promote higher self-esteem, sports also motivate students to partake in other invaluable programming. For these reasons – along with the numerous physical benefits include maintaining a healthy weight, preventing chronic diseases, and learning the skills necessary to maintain a healthy lifestyle throughout their lives – the Clubs offer numerous sports leagues and active opportunities for Club members.

Triple Play, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities’ comprehensive health and wellness initiative, strives to improve the overall health of members, ages 6-18, by increasing their daily physical activity, teaching them good nutrition, and helping them develop healthy relationships.

Voyageur is a year-round Environmental Education Center located in Mound, Minnesota that is owned and operated by the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities. It is situated on 110 acres of forested, rolling hills overlooking Little Long Lake. Voyageur runs a residential summer camp for Club members to learn about the natural world and their place in it. Camp Voyageur runs June through August. Club members also visit Voyageur on weekends as well as school release days.

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