Boys & Girls Clubs of Arlington
Health & Life Skills Youth Programs

SMART Moves (Skills Mastery and Resistance Training)

This nationally acclaimed comprehensive prevention program helps young people resist alcohol, tobacco and other drug use, as well as premature sexual activity. The program engages youth in interactive group activities designed to increase participants' peer support, decision-making and critical-thinking skills, build their resiliency, and strengthen their leadership skills. This year-round program encourages collaborations among Club staff, youth, parents and representatives from other community organizations. The program’s components include: SMART Kids, for children ages 6-9; Start SMART, for youth ages 10-12; and Stay SMART, for youth ages 13-15. 


An outgrowth of the popular SMART Moves program, SMART Girls is a health, fitness, prevention/education and self-esteem enhancement program for girls ages 8-17. The program focuses on issues specific to female Club members and is designed to encourage healthy attitudes and lifestyles that will enable those members to develop to their full potential. From interactive role playing to more tailored mentoring, girls are given the opportunity to explore personal and societal values as they build skills for eating right, staying fit, getting good health care and developing positive relationships. 


Street SMART

Street SMART counteracts the negative lures of gangs, violence and "street" influences on young adolescents ages 11-13. While building awareness and resiliency skills, participants develop the confidence and knowledge to make intelligent choices. Street SMART’s three modules teach young people how gangs function and how to resist being recruited, how to recognize and resolve conflicts peacefully and how to become positive peer helpers. Participants reinforce what they have learned and share it with others by organizing community events that promote the positive messages of Street SMART. 

Second Step

Second Step Violence Prevention Program is an innovative violence prevention programThe curriculum teaches youth to recognize anger, handle anger in appropriate ways, exercise conflict resolution skills, and work with youth to develop empathy for others. The Committee for Children and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) completed an evaluation of the research-based strategies found in the Second Step program. The program has shown to increase social skills and teach youth to handle day-to-day conflicts without violence. Moreover, both institutions documented that the program “decreased physical and verbal aggression in second and third grade students.”  



“Together Everyone Achieves Meaning” This special program helps adolescent girls to develop an understanding and appreciation of their bodies and the physical, emotional and social changes they are experiencing.  The program also focuses on teaching positive healthy habits in the areas of nutrition and personal hygiene. Additionally, the girls gain the knowledge; decision-making skills; self-discipline; self-esteem; and peer support to help them abstain from early sexual activity and other risky behaviors, while building positive peer relationships with female peers.


Passport to Manhood

The passage from boyhood to manhood is challenging, requiring adolescent males to understand and manage many issues and transitions. Passport to Manhood addresses critical issues that young men face during this time, such as ethics, decision-making, wellness, ideas about fatherhood, employment and careers, cooperation and conflict, diversity, relationships and self-esteem.