Our Approach

Community Boys & Girls Club of Wilmington is committed to changing lives in our community. Our approach is to measure how much Club kids and teens are achieving; using that data, we can then determine how effectively the Club experience helps Wilmington’s youth build great futures.

Engage. Inspire. Empower.

Rule #1 for almost everything that happens at the Club is that it must be FUN!

The Club serves as a safe place where young people can come to enjoy themselves and hang out with their friends with supervision. Club members have the opportunity to learn, grow, and give back to the community. They achieve this while discovering their potential, setting personal goals, and meeting new friends. We provide activities from simple games to leadership opportunities.

Our Five Focuses

01 Character and Leadership Development

02 Education and Career Development

03 Health and Life Skills

04 Fine Arts Education

05 Sports, Fitness, and Recreation

Character and Leadership Development

Helping youth become responsible, caring citizens and acquire skills for participating in the democratic process is the main thrust of these programs.

They also develop leadership skills and provide opportunities for planning, decision-making, contributing to Club and community, and celebrating our national heritage. Our staff guide, encourage, and support youth as they play and work individually and together, with peers and adults, to develop appropriate communication skills, critical thinking, and problem-solving capacities.

Program examples:

Torch Club, Keystone Club, and Youth of the Year

Education and Career

We implement the programmatic strategy “Every Member, Every Year.”

This approach is designed so that all Clubs, no matter their size or resources, can partner with youth, parents, schools, and other community stakeholders to achieve our priority outcome of academic success.

Our aim with strategy is to ensure that all Club members graduate from high school on time, ready for post-secondary education and a 21st-century career. We assist youth with homework in our after-school program, as well as provide training to assist in developing helpful computer skills for their educational needs.

Program examples:

Power Hour, Project Learn, and Summer Brain Gain

Health and Life Skills

Health and life skills initiatives develop 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.

Youth are encouraged to exercise, eat healthily, and learn hygiene, along with other healthy living habits which will keep them healthy as they progress in life.

Program examples:

Smart Moves, Smart Leaders, Smart Girls, Street Smart–Violence and Gang Prevention, Healthy Habits, and our Community Garden

Fine Arts

Exploration of the creative part of themselves allows youth to find expression in both verbal and nonverbal ways. The arts provide various vehicles for the positive channeling and expression of feelings.

Youth are exposed to visual and performing arts through our partnerships with a multitude of arts organizations in the community. They observe and participate in all forms of musical performance, storytelling, plays, as well as drawing and painting. Field trips to inspirational artistic venues such as museums and performances onsite allow the youth a wealth of exposure to the arts.

Program examples:

Image Makers Photography, National Fine Arts Exhibit Program, Digital Arts Suites, and Music Makers.

Sports, Recreation, and Fitness

Sports, Fitness and Recreation programs help develop a positive use of leisure time while aiding in the reduction of stress, appreciation for the environment, and social and interpersonal skills.

Our youth have the opportunity to engage in daily physical activities to promote healthy lifestyles.

Program examples:

Healthy Habits, Daily Fitness Challenges, First Tee of Greater Wilmington, and PAL Basketball