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Life Skills

These initiatives develop our youth members’ capacity to engage in positive behaviors that nurture their own well-being, set personal goals and live successfully as self-sufficient adults. Programs focus on building self-esteem and decision-making skills to help participants make well informed choices.


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Money & Time Management

Money Matters

Sponsored by the Charles Schwab Foundation, Money Matters promotes financial responsibility and independence among Club members ages 13 to 18. Participants learn how to manage a checking account, create a budget, save and invest, start small businesses and pay for college.


Power Hour

Power Hour: Making Minutes Count provides youth with the strategies, activities, resources and information to become self-directed learners. The program helps improve young people’s academic performance and encourages them to graduate from high school, pursue a post-secondary education and develop a lifelong love of learning.



Career Readiness


Sponsored by Gap Inc., CareerLaunch encourages Club members ages 13 to 18 to assess their skills and interests, explore careers, make sound educational decisions and prepare to join our nation’s work force. Club staff and volunteers work with teens individually or in small groups to build their job-search skills and job readiness.

Junior Staff

This program assists Club members in exploring a career in youth development or human services. We hire several of our high school students to serve as part-time Junior Staff at each Club. The experience allows them to participate in career development activities, discover the importance of community service, build customer service skills and complete a Club apprenticeship.