Services and Programs

In over 55 years of service in vulnerable communities, Boys & Girls Clubs of Puerto Rico has become a movement that helps eradicate poverty from a multigenerational perspective. Its educational, comprehensive development and socio-emotional support programs and experiences impact children and youth from two months to 18 years of age, as well as their families. For adults 18 years and old, it also offers job training and employability. Last year the organization served more than 12,000 children, youth and families; and employs over 300 professionals on the Island. It has 19 service centers: 8 Head Start and Early Head Start centers in San Juan and 11 Clubs located in Las Margaritas, Luis Llorens public complexes in San Juan, and F.D. Roosevelt public complex in Mayaguez; San Lorenzo, Carolina, Arecibo, Aguas Buenas, Bayamón, Loíza, Isabela and Vieques.

Three Pillars

Our Educational, Social and Economic pillars work to reduce the education gap, increase proficiency, support and address trauma and crisis, and work with economic mobility.

Educational Pillar

Assistance in Assignments and Tutoring: It aims to close the academic gap between children and young people aged 6 to 18 years. The program seeks the comprehensive development of children and youth through experiences in science, technology, language arts, engineering, fine arts, and mathematics, based on a learning community that includes family, school staff, as well as Club leaders. Participants will increase their academic and personal skills, graduating from high school and continuing post-secondary studies, and later joining the country’s workforce.

Post-secondary support: Career exploration and college preparation

  1. Plan for the future: MyFuture is BGCA’s mobile-friendly social platform with access to over 250 Boys & Girls Clubs program activities in areas such as STEM and leadership. At each Club 40 or more participants complete daily activities to earn badges.
  2. Transition to University: is an academic support initiative for first-year college students, designed to ensure their successful transition from high school to college.

STEM:The activities are designed to expose and motivate participants aged 6 to 18 to careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). It includes the development of experiments, community projects, and the development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

Art: A year-long program where participants receive planned and structured weekly art instruction. Our strategy is to integrate visual arts and language arts to improve the reading, writing, listening and speaking skills of participants.

Club Bilingüe: The Bilingual Club strengthens the English language closing the gaps their participants face that could turn into barriers with finding and maintaining jobs. This gives participants per Club an advantage due to the opportunities that this Bilingual Club brings them in supporting them with going from poverty into economic security.

D2D: A program to aid participant in archiving their high school diploma through modules and lessons, this program impacts 144 participants per semester.

Joven del Año: Our signature effort to foster a new generation of leaders, fully prepared to live and lead in a diverse, global and integrated world economy. This program impacts 90 participants per year and it’s divided into three steps: Youth of the Month – Leadership Recognition Program, Junior Youth of the Year – Leadership Readiness Program, and Youth of the Year – Leadership Development Program.

Social Pillar

Passport to Manhood: Explores Masculinity, Identity and Self-Esteem Influenced by Culture in Children Ages 8-17

Girls’ Circle: A program in which 60 female teenager participants foster self-esteem, connection with peers and expression of emotions through verbal sharing and creative activities.

Torch Club: Torch Clubs are chartered, small-group character and leadership Clubs for boys and girls ages 11 to 13. This close group program impacts 40 participants per year per Club.

Juntos Sanamos: A psychological intervention for 24 participants per Club that starts with the assessment of the participants, followed by a 15-session program, promoting the wellbeing of victims of violence and trauma using a combination of play, art, dialogue and therapy to develop emotional management skills.

Programa de alimentos: ​Food Program enable our kids and youth to receive a daily hot and nutritionally balanced meal that for most represents their last meal of the day. During its first four years of operations, 566,851 hot meals have been served to children, young people, and adults. Nutritious foods provide energy, enhance cognitive skills and influence healthy development and optimal functioning of the body and mind.

Our Food Program provides an average of 121,703 hot meals to our participants every year.

Triple Play (NYRR): Triple Play is a dynamic wellness program that is designed to help youth create opportunities to take charge of their personal health and wellness. This program has 3 main components Healthy Habits, Daily Challenges and Social recreation.

Keystone: Provides leadership development opportunities for young people ages 14 to 18. Youth participate in activities in three focus areas: academic success, career preparation and community service.

¡JUST4U! The program’s goal is to develop life skills such as hygiene, personal care and self-esteem through a series of interactive workshops through which 10 participants per Club in their pre-adolescent stage (9-12 years) and from low-income homes develop the aforementioned skills and thus increase their well-being and improve their quality of life.

Economic Pillar

Project Makers– This program aims to develop the entrepreneurial skills of participants aged 9 to 18. They participate in practice exercises, basic concepts on personal budgets are discussed, and what credit is and how it works is explored. They also begin to develop a small business project while applying the concepts discussed throughout the program.

Ehub: This program for adults (over 18 years old) teaches sales projections, business accounting, and financing. The goal of this program is for participants to design and develop a business idea.

Job Ready:This program for adults (over 18 years old) teaches sales projections, business accounting, and financing. The goal of this program is for participants to design and develop a business idea.

EMPower: A workforce development program that provides training and opportunities for professional development, along with the social and soft skills necessary to search for and maintain jobs in the local labor market in the fields of hospitality, customer service, Java Development, IT and digital marketing.

YouthBuild: EMPower YouthBuild will use a one-year curriculum to provide education, construction-skills training with a construction plus elderly caregiver pathway to cohorts of 42 youth per year (84 over two-year project period), aged 16-24. The program will cover four locations at Boys & Girls Clubs of Puerto Rico Clubhouses in San Juan, Aguas Buenas, Arecibo and Carolina. Classroom-based instruction will be provided in Clubhouses from 8am -1pm and hands-on construction training will occur in mobile units on Clubhouse parking lots. The 52-week curriculum will consist of three 5-hour academic days incorporating GED or high school diploma instruction in a project learning setting, a 7-hour construction day, and 5 hours on Fridays for supports and enrichment.EMPower YouthBuild will be implemented over a three-year period thanks to a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.

Vimenti School

Our educational programming is strengthened from Vimenti School for the communities that our center in Ramos Antonini impacts.