What We Offer!
Rule number one is almost everything at the club must be fun.
A Safe Place
The club is a safe place where young people engage in positive activities with adult mentors who deeply care.
Club members have the opportunity to learn, grow, give back to the community, discover their needs, set goals and meet new friends.
A Full Schedule of Great Activities
From simple games to leadership opportunities, we offer a wide range of activities, contact us about our programs.
Boys & Girls Clubs strive to meet the youth development needs in their communities. Stop by, meet our staff, and learn more about what we have to offer.
About Our Programs
The Boys & Girls Club of Bethlehem provides diversified activities that meet the interests of all young people. Core programs encourage activities with adults, peers, and family members that enable kids to enhance self-esteem and fulfill their potential. Based on the physical, emotional, cultural, and social needs and interest of boys and girls, and recognizing developmental principals, the Club offers diversified program activities in six areas:
Character & Leadership
We empower young people to support and influence their communtiy, sustain meaningful, relationships, develops a postive self-image, participate in the democratic process and respect thier own and others cultures.
TEENSupreme® Keystone Clubs
Keystone Clubs are chartered small group leadership development clubs for young people ages 14-18. Keystoners elect officers, choose their own activities and plan and implement community service projects. A national charter entitles a Keystone Club to participate in regional and national Keystone conferences. The TEENSupreme Keystone Club program is sponsored by the Taco Bell Foundation.
National TEENSupreme Keystone Conference
Keystone Club members from across the country gather in a different city each year to develop leadership skills, exchange ideas, debate and discuss current issues, and make friends. Each year, Keystoners select a national project for local Keystone Clubs to complete. The combined action of hundreds of local Keystone Clubs throughout the nation results in a project of national significance. The National TEENSupreme Keystone Conference is sponsored by the Taco Bell Foundation.
National Youth of the Year
Sponsored by The Reader’s Digest Association, the National Youth of the Year Program is designed to promote and recognize service to Club and community, academic performance and contributions to family and spiritual life. Clubs select a Youth of the Year who receives a certificate and medallion then enters state competition. State winners receive a plaque and enter the regional competition. Regional winners receive a $2,000 scholarship and enter a national competition held in Washington, DC. The National Youth of the Year receives an additional $8,000 scholarship and is installed by the President of the United States.
This small-group leadership development program, sponsored by the Metropolitan Life Foundation, is targeted for youngsters ages 11 to 13. Within some 339 Torch Clubs across the country, members elect officers and plan and implement their own activities and community service projects. Each Torch Club receives an official charter from Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
Education & Career
We enable young people to become proficient in basic educational disciplines, apply learning to everyday situations and embrace technology to optimize employability.
Project Learn reinforces and enhances the skills and knowledge young people learn at school through “high-yield” learning activities at the Club and in the home. Based on Dr. Reginald Clark’s research that shows fun, but academically beneficial activities increase academic performance, these activities include leisure reading, writing activities, homework help and games like Scrabble® which develop young people’s cognitive skills. Project Learn emphasizes collaborations between Club staff, parents and school personnel. Formally evaluated by Columbia University, Project Learn has been proven to boost the academic performance of Club members. JCPenney Afterschool is the sponsor of Project Learn.
A comprehensive homework help and tutoring program, POWER HOUR is designed to raise the academic proficiency of Club members ages 6-12.
This internationally recognized, award-winning program leads Club members ages 6-12 on a fun-filled journey into the amazing world of plants and animals. The Ultimate Journey motivates young people to develop an understanding of and sensitivity to the environment, helping them build the knowledge and motivation to protect our natural resources.
CareerLaunchTM is a career exploration and mentoring program for teens ages 13-18. This program includes the CareerLaunch Web site that allows teens to take an interest survey, explore careers, identify training or college requirements, seek out financial aid and play skills-building games. There’s also an easy-to-use Career Exploration Quick Reference Guide with a broad range of career planning and job skills activities that Club staff or volunteers can use with teens. The CareerLaunch Portfolio contains a Teen Tips booklet with helpful interviewing and on-the-spot job tips. This program is made possible through a partnership between Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the Gap Foundation.
This program, the result of a partnership between Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the Corporation for National Service (AmeriCorps), provides education awards to Club members ages 17 and 18 and Club alumni ages 19-24 who serve their Clubs and communities. CLUBService recognizes young people’s service, helps them access higher education opportunities and encourages them to pursue future careers as Club professionals.
Health & Life Skills
We develop young people’s capacity to engage in positive behaviors that nuture their own well-being, set personal goals, and develop tje skills to live succesfully as self-sufficient, contributing adults.
The SMART Moves (Skills Mastery and Resistance Training) prevention/education program addresses the problems of drug and alcohol use and premature sexual activity. Based on proven techniques, the program uses a team approach involving Club staff, peer leaders, parents and community representatives. More than simply emphasizing a “Say No” message, the program teaches young people ages 6-15 how to say no by involving them in discussion and role-playing, practicing resistance and refusal skills, developing assertiveness, strengthening decision-making skills and analyzing media and peer influence. The ultimate goal: to promote abstinence from substance abuse and adolescent sexual involvement through the practice of responsible behavior.
An outgrowth of the popular and effective SMART Moves program, SMART Girls is a health, fitness, prevention/education and self-esteem enhancement program for girls ages 10-15. The program is designed to encourage healthy attitudes and lifestyles that will enable early adolescent girls to develop to their full potential. The SMART Girls program is sponsored by the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, Inc.
Cavity-Free Zone was developed in response to the recent U.S. Surgeon General’s report on oral health which revealed a silent epidemic of oral disease in America, especially among disadvantaged youth. Underwritten by Crest, Cavity-Free Zone aims to improve the oral health of Club members ages 6-18 nationwide. Through oral health educational program materials, a Web site and collaborative efforts with local dental schools, dental societies and other health care agencies, Cavity-Free Zone will be a catalyst for change in providing dental services to disadvantaged youth.
We enable young people to develop their creativity and cultural awareness through knowledge and appreciation of visual, tactile, and/or performing arts.
ImageMakers: National Photography Program
Funded by the Circuit City Foundation, this comprehensive photography program encourages girls and boys to learn and practice photography, expressing themselves in creative and innovative ways. The national initiative delivers a state-of-the-art photography curriculum, provides photographic resources and opportunities for Club members to compete on a national level. ImageMakers provides local, regional and national recognition through an annual photography contest. Winning photos will be displayed nationwide at museums as well as at B&GCA’s annual National Conference.
The Circuit City Foundation ImageMakers funding is being passed through to 60 Boys & Girls Clubs nationwide to help them implement a photography curriculum. Ten additional sites were selected for grants to strengthen and highlight excellent photography programs in place. All Boys & Girls Clubs across the country receive the ImageMaker resource guide and materials.
National Fine Arts Exhibit
Sponsored by L’Oreal, this contest, which encourages creativity through a variety of media, is made up of local, regional and national exhibits. Young people are encouraged to create artwork in any of the following categories: monochromatic drawing, multicolored drawing, pastels, water color, oil or acrylic, print making, mixed media, collage and sculpture. Artwork selected through a national competition is displayed at B&GCA’s annual National Conference.
Sports, Fitness & Recreation
We develop fitness, positive use of leisure time, skills for stress management, appreciation for the environment, and social and interpersonal skills.
FITNESS AUTHORITY®, a new small-group program sponsored by The Sports Authority, Inc., promotes fitness in all youth. FITNESS AUTHORITY provides a fun-filled, motivating fitness experience for members. There is a 12-week curriculum for each of three age groups: FITNESS SQUAD, 6-9; FITNESS MASTERS, 10-14; and FITNESS ALL-STARS, 15-18. Weekly sessions cover every aspect of fitness, drawing upon themes of sports culture and history, self-esteem, nutrition and physical fitness. The annual FITNESS AUTHORITY Club-Wide Pentathlon competition allows Club members of all ages to demonstrate and test their fitness levels.
Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA
This national youth basketball initiative, launched by the NBA and the WNBA, connects players, parents and coaches. The program, which is supported by an all-star Advisory Council as well as Boys & Girls Clubs of America and other national youth organizations, provides unique information within its training guide curriculum. Subjects include advice for coaches from the first practice to the final game, ideas on creating a positive and fun environment for youth and tips for players ranging from skills to sportsmanship.
Daily Challenges (Triple Play)
Fitness and fun combined make Daily Challenges a non-competitive, yet challenging, popular series of programs. The Jackie Joyner-Kersee Challenge helps girls build new skills via a fun fitness circuit. The Michael Jordan Invent-A-Sport Challenge encourages creativity and fitness, allowing youngsters to create their own game or sport, illustrate and demonstrate the activity and play with peers. In the Ken Griffey Jr. Home Run Challenge, members build basic motor skills through throwing, catching and running games. The Dawn Staley Basketball Challenge offers instruction and practice in dribbling, assisting and shooting. The Jump Rope Challenge improves strength, skills and endurance as participants jump “against the clock.”
Through ClubTech, and thanks to a more than $100 million donation from Microsoft, B&GCA is providing Clubs with the tools to make Club members and staff effective technology users. Every Club will receive a comprehensive package of the latest Microsoft products – a combined $88 million software gift. With another $12.3 million in cash, B&GCA is developing technology programs that will give members basic computer skills; introduce them to digital movie making, music making, photography, graphic design and Web development; and guide staff in using technology to enhance all program offerings. ClubTech also includes extensive technology training opportunities for Club staff at all professional levels.
These initiatives emphasize community mobilization and family involvement as strategies Clubs can use to better serve more young people and broaden the impact of all Club programs.
Boys & Girls Clubs of America had its beginnings in 1860 with several women in Hartford, Connecticut. Believing that boys who roamed the streets should have a positive alternative, they organized the first Club. A cause was born. In 1906, several Boys Clubs decided to affiliate. The Federated Boys Clubs in Boston was formed with 53 member organizations. In 1931, the Boys Club Federation of America became Boys Clubs of America.
In 1956, Boys Clubs of America celebrated its 50th anniversary and received a U.S. Congressional Charter. To recognize the fact that girls are a part of our cause, the national organization’s name was changed to Boys & Girls Clubs of America in 1990. Accordingly, Congress amended and renewed our charter.
Gary was raised in Philadelphia where he graduated from Frankford High School with athletics on his mind. His father however, sent him to Staunton Military Academy, which he admits was the worst and best year of his life. His time there prepared him for Moravian College where he excelled in football as both a player and team captain and where he graduated with a B.A. in Business and Psychology. Juggling a tough schedule and being mentored by inspiring coaches still are the backbone to what drives Gary today – motivating kids to become their best!
Lisa was born and raised on the south-side of Bethlehem. She is a graduate of St. John Capistrano, Freedom High School, and Northampton Area Community College. She spent several years at Sayre Child Care and was hired as Program Director of the Boys and Girls Club of Bethlehem 25 years ago. As Director of Operations she wears many hats. She is passionate, committed and has dedicated her life to improving the lives of others.
Winston graduated from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 2010 with a B.A. in Developmental Psychology. A club member since 2001, Winston takes his responsibility as a mentor and role model to local youth seriously. He enjoys the daily benefits and challenges that come with making our local youth great!
Scott was raised in Bethlehem and is a Freedom High School graduate. He attended the Boys and Girls Club in the early 80’s and eventually became involved in various positions within the organization, including Playground Director and Pool Manager at Yosko Park. As Program Director he organizes many programs for the kids and is a constant source of inspiration.
Kimberly grew up in Warren County, New Jersey. She earned her Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts and Women’s Studies at Bucks County Community College in 2004 and then attended Temple University in Philadelphia. After a brief time in the Poconos, Kimberly moved to Bethlehem and hasn’t looked back! She is passionate about providing educational experiences for all children.
Melody also known as Melo, is a graduate of Liberty High School, and Northampton Community College with a degree in Criminal Justice. She spent several years volunteering at the club, and now has joined full time as a Program Director. She is very dedicated to the children, and is committed to always instilling greatness to the kids at the club.
Board of Directors
Bruce A. Palmer
Daniel G. Nigito
Immediate Past President
Vice-President Marketing & Communications
Vice-President Property Management
Michael E. Riskin
Vice-President Human Resources
James T. Barnes
Edward F. Broczkowski, Jr.
James A. JeBran
Martin E. Coleman
Michael V. Palos
Lawrence G. Shea, Jr.
Robert E. Ternosky
Matthew T. Tranter
Board of Directors – Emeritus
*John M. Genova
*Thomas R. Hall
Daniel G. Kelly, II
Robert W. Lawrence
David M. Lobach, Jr.
*Thomas J. Maloney, Esq.
William B. McCoach, Jr.
Kenneth J. Rampolla
Jan W. Ruhle
*Halfred C. Smith
*Bernard J. Story
Mrs. Virginia L. Williamson
John W. Yerk
Stephen C. Zarnas
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UNIT/BRANCH DIRECTOR (2)
Directs/manages overall daily operations of the designated Clubhouse with the primary concern for programs and service delivery, supervisions and training of staff, facilities management, community relations and membership administrations.
- Four year degree from an accredited college or university, or equivalent experience.
- A minimum of five years work experience in a Boys & Girls club or similar organization planning and supervising activities based on the developmental needs of young people, or equivalent experience.
- Demonstrated ability in personnel supervision, facilities management and the recruitment and retention of key personnel.
- Strong communication skills, both oral & written.
- Ability to deal effectively with members including discipline problems.
- Working knowledge of budget preparation, control and management.
- Skills in fundraising events.
- Demonstrated ability in working with young people, parents and community leaders.
PROGRAM DIRECTOR (2)
Responsible for overseeing the delivery of a broad range of programs within a designated Clubhouse, such as Education, Special Education, Social Recreations, Arts & Crafts and Physical Education. Plan, develop, oversee implementation and supervise programs and program staff.
- Four year degree in related field from an accredited college or university, or equivalent experience.
- A minimum of five years work experience in a Boys or Girls Club or similar organization planning and supervising activities based on the developmental needs of young people.
- Strong communication skills, both verbal and written.
- Group leadership skills, including an understanding of group dynamics.
- Demonstrated organization, staff and project management abilities.
- Mandatory CPR and First Aid Certifications.
Works with Chief Professional Officer and Board to plan and execute resource development strategies and monitor progress against goals. Supports CPO in positioning Board to cultivate and solicit major gifts and grants for individuals, corporations, foundations, United Way, government agencies and others.
- Bachelor’s from accredited college or university preferred.
- A minimum of three years work experience in non-profit agency operations, specifically in fund-raising field, sales/marketing or equivalent experience.
- Considerable knowledge of fund-raising techniques and sources of funding for non-profit agencies and organizations.