Five Key Elements We Impact
The level of impact a Club has on young people depends on how often and how long members participate, as well as how well the Club implements the following five key elements:
Safe, Positive Environment: Club staff, facilities, program and age-appropriate settings create stability and a sense of physical and emotional safety for members. The Club provides structure and clearly defines acceptable behaviors.
Fun: The Club provides a place for young people to learn, play, and grow. Games, activities, and peer interactions keep the atmosphere fun and light. Educational games and group exercises help make learning fun.
Supportive Relationships: Club youth develop meaningful relationships with peers and adults. Staff members actively cultivate such relationships to ensure that every member feels connected to one or more adults and peers.
Opportunities and Expectations: Club youth acquire physical, social, technological, artistic and life skills. Staff members establish and reinforce high expectations and help young people do well in school.
Recognition: Clubs recognize and support self-worth and accomplishments. The Club showcases young people’s achievements.