Our Youth Development Philosophy is an asset based approach from the work done by the Search Institute. The Institute identified 40 developmental assets, and the more assets each youth develops the stronger the probability of the youth making the successful transition to adulthood. Boys & Girls Club programs directly affect 21 of these 40 assets. Assets such as a caring adult, positive outlook on their future, diverse experiences, being challenged, and being in a safe environment.
Boys & Girls Club Staff comprise a mixture of full time and part time professional staff. Program staffing ratios are guided by state licensing and Club policy. The higher ratios are for older teens (15:1), and lower ratios are for preschoolers (10:1). Typically students are grouped in classes of 20-25 students with a head teach and teacher assistant. The Club also partners with numerous organizations to provide lead staff for various specialized programming. Lastly, the Club utilizes volunteers to supplement and enhance Club staffing. All Club staff and regular volunteers go through Club and State background checks before working with youth.
Our nationally-recognized, evidence-based initiatives impact children in three essential ways: academic success, character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. A youth development strategy that includes sports and games underlies all of our programs and fosters a sense of belonging, competence, and usefulness.
Transportation – At various times during the year, and at various program staff the Club provides transportation for our members. All transportation is provided by the Club's school buses or contracted private bus companies. All buses, internal or external, must meet NJ Department of Transportation requirements and pass inspections every six months. All buses are driven by CDL drivers. Typical transportation includes.
- From local schools to our Centre Street or Spruce Street Community Centers for our After School program.
- For field trips in our After School, Summer Camp and Teen programs.
- For Trenton Middle School students from area bus stops to our Centre Street Community Center for drop in MS programs M-F during the school year.
- For Teens at Trenton, Ewing & Lawrence High Schools to pick up after school to our Spruce Street Community Center for drop in Teen programs M-F.
- For Trenton Teens from various community bus stops for to/from transportation to our Spruce Street Community Center from 4:30 to 8:30 pm M-F during the school year.
Specific Transportation schedules are found on the specific program pages.
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