To help young people resist the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs and postpone sexual activity.
Young people need viable solutions that enhance their life skills, build their resiliency, improve their health and strengthen their leadership skills.
Boys & Girls Club members ages 6-15
SMART Moves (Skills Mastery and Resistance Training) is a nationally acclaimed comprehensive prevention program that helps young people resist alcohol, tobacco and other drugs and avoid premature sexual activity. The program features interactive, small-group activities designed to increase participants’ peer support, enhance life skills, build resiliency and strengthen leadership skills. This year-round program uses age-specific modules that engage Club staff, parents, community members and older teen members in a team approach to prevention.
- SMART Kids, ages 6-9, focuses on building self-esteem, positive social skills and the skills to avoid drugs and other harmful influences.
- Start SMART, ages 10-12, presents information and skills needed to resist pressures to get involved in alcohol, tobacco, other drugs or sexual activity. Group members analyze influences from the media and from peers; they also practice resisting peer pressure.
- Stay SMART, ages 13-15, provides information about alcohol, tobacco, other drugs and sexuality and helps teenagers develop skills to make healthy choices. Teens practice problem solving, decision making, stress reduction techniques and strategies to resist peer and media pressures.
- SMART Parents involves parents as partners in prevention.