At the Clubs, we recognize the lifelong importance of developing positive mental, emotional and physical health in the young people we serve.

With your help, we can support healthy minds and healthy bodies for our youth, their families, and our communities.

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities’ (BGCTC) Healthy Lifestyles strategy develops young people’s capacity to LIVE HEALTHFULLY by educating youth about fitness, nutrition, mental wellness, and making informed life decisions.

By supporting Growing Strong, Club kids throughout the metro will have the tools they need to navigate these important life decisions and cultivate a healthy lifestyle now and in the future.

Growing Strong: Cooking Program at Patrick Henry

The cooking program at our Patrick Henry Club has been a huge hit with the high school students. The group meets weekly to learn about healthy recipes, substitutions, and affordable nutrition. *Brianna often attends the program and told staff, “I like how we can all...

Growing Strong: Yin Yoga at Southside Village

We are thankful for a partnership with 612-Jungle yoga studio and our Southside Village Club. An instructor came in to talk to the kids about the practice and held a 30 minute Yin Yoga session. The members also participated in a collaborative exercise where they each...

Growing Strong: East Side Memorial Garden

With grant funding and volunteer support from the Saint Paul Garden Club, our East Side Club created a beautiful garden space to honor the memory of East Side youth that have passed away and to support the hopes and dreams of today’s youth. The garden is located in...

Growing Strong: Humanity Alliance

The Jerry Gamble Boys & Girls Club in north Minneapolis partners with The Humanity Alliance to reduce food insecurity in the Northside community—one of the many issues that has intensified for Club families during the COVID-19 pandemic. The collaboration between...

Growing Strong: Ethan

BGCTC prioritizes social-emotional learning activities to help youth and teens make healthy, positive choices, manage their emotions, and process issues they are facing in their communities. The Southside Village Club has seen great success while working with Club...

Growing Strong: Thomas

Thomas*, a high school freshman, has been attending the Little Earth Club for the past eight years. He enjoys coming to the Club to get exercise, help with homework, and life advice, and also to spend time learning with his peers and engaging in positive activities....

Growing Strong: Cooking at East Side

In non-pandemic times, BGCTC provides nutritious meals and snacks on-site to Club members Monday-Friday as part of our Healthy Lifestyles programming. Club staff empower youth to learn how to cook healthy meals at home as well take charge of their overall physical and...

Growing Strong: Sophia

Sophia*, a third grader at our Centennial Elementary Club, has been attending the Club’s virtual programs almost every day since last summer. She looks forward to Movement Monday each week and loves to participate in the Pokémon Training fitness videos. “It’s so fun...

Finding Support in Sharing

When kids arrive at Minneapolis’ Southside Village Club, one of their first activities is to sit down as a group for daily circle time. Circle time is part of BGCTC’s efforts to increase social and emotional learning in all youth and teens we serve. Each day, youth...

A Pioneer for Growth

Joshuah, a high school senior, is the first Club youth from the Little Earth community to be nominated for our Twin Cities Youth of the Year award. He has worked hard his entire life to make healthy decisions for himself and his community. Growing up in a struggling...

You can help make a difference TODAY by donating to Growing Strong! With a recurring monthly gift, your steadfast impact will be felt year-round by the youth and families we serve.

Our Healthy Lifestyles strategy develops young people’s capacity to live healthfully by educating youth about fitness, nutrition, and smart decisions. Healthy Lifestyles program activities focus on instilling positive conflict resolution techniques, engaging in positive behaviors, setting personal goals, and building resistance skills that nurture and strengthen youth at all ages of development.

  • We support the development of healthy bodies through nutrition, physical exercise and movement, making healthy choices, and connecting to nature.
  • We support the development of healthy minds through social and emotional learning (SEL), trauma-informed practices, resiliency interventions, and behavior interventions.

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