Health & Life Skills

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Fresno County offers health and life skills programs that help youth achieve and maintain a healthy and active lifestyle.  This core program area develops members capacity to engage in positive behaviors that nurture their own well-being, set personal goals and live successfully as self-sufficient adults.



SMART Kids Ages 6-9, Start SMART 10-12, Stay SMART 13-15, 16-18

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. Passport to Manhood 6–9, 10-13.



Skills Mastery and Resistance Training

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.


Triple Play

Triple Play is a comprehensive health and wellness initiative that 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.  The program has three components, Health Habits (Mind), Daily Challenges (Body), Leadership Club (Soul).


Triple Play: Healthy Habits

Triple Play Healthy Habits focuses on the “Soul” component as a nutritional education program for youth ages 6-18.  Healthy Habits emphasizes good nutrition, regular physical activity and improving overall well-being.


Passport to Manhood

Passport to Manhood promotes and teaches responsibility while reinforcing positive behavior in male Club members ages 11-14. Passport to Manhood consists of 14 small-group sessions, each of which concentrates on a specific aspect of manhood through highly interactive activities. Each participant is issued his own “Passport” to underscore the idea that he is on a journey of maturation and personal growth.


Street SMART

Boys & Girls Clubs Street SMART initiative consists of three components designed to help young people ages 11-13 effectively resist gangs and violence, resolve conflicts and be positive peer helpers in their communities. It also allows them the opportunity to hold annual events that celebrate anti-gang, anti-violence themes. Street SMART serves as the National Project for Torch Clubs annually.


Safer Choices

The Central Valley Community Foundation provided funding for two evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programs for youth in the City and rural county Clubs sites. Safer Choices is a comprehensive teen pregnancy prevention program developed to educate teens on healthy relationships, parent-child communication, decision making, refusal skills, sexual transmitted infections, and other challenges that teens face.


The Phoenix Program

The Phoenix Program educates members on how to develop refusal skills and avoid gang involvement.  Members learn about media manipulation, gateway drugs, decision making, and setting goals.