Healthy Lifestyles

Healthy Lifestyle programs encourage our members to adopt a healthy diet, practice healthy lifestyle choices and make a lifelong commitment to fitness.

Badges for Baseball

Created by the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice, Badges for Baseball is a juvenile crime prevention program. The program partners local Youngstown Police Department officers with Boys & Girls Club of Youngstown members. The officers serve as coaches/ instructors, but use baseball and relationship building as a way to teach important life lessons about teamwork, respect, communication and leadership.

High Yield Activities

High-yield activities are designed to provide youth with fun experiences that are hands-on, interactive and intentionally develop critical thinking and other skills. They are described as “fun with a purpose,” HYA help members gain new knowledge or skills and reinforce those learned in school.  Members; experience new ways to apply knowledge already gained; engage in creative expression; test their own solutions to real-world issues; and/or work in groups to achieve a goal.


The SMART Moves (Skills Mastery and Resistance Training) prevention/education program addresses problems such as drug, alcohol, and tobacco prevention.  The program teaches members how to say no by involving them in discussion and role-playing, practicing resistance and refusal skills, developing assertiveness, and strengthening decision-making skills.

Triple Play

A comprehensive health and wellness program strives to improve the overall health of Club members’ ages 6-18 by increasing their daily physical activity; teaching them good nutrition and helping them develop healthy relationships.  The three components of development include mind, body, and soul.