Passport to Manhood represents a targeted effort to engage young boys ages 8 to 14yrs. in discussions and activities that reinforce character, leadership, and positive behavior. Each participant receives a “passport” to underscore the notion that he is on a personal journey of maturation and growth. Each of the program’s 14 sessions uses interactive activities to focus on a specific aspect of character and Manhood. It also includes a service project where boys learn the importance of giving back to their local community.
SMART Girls is a small-group health, fitness, prevention/education, and self-esteem enhancement program designed to meet the developmental needs of girls in three age groups, spanning ages 8 to 18yrs. Through dynamic sessions, participatory activities, field trips, and mentoring opportunities with adult women, girls explore their own and societal attitudes and values as they learn critical life skills like healthy eating, the importance of taking care of their physical and mental health as well as developing positive relationships with peers and adults.
The SMART Moves (Skills Mastery and Resilience Training) prevention and education program addresses drug and alcohol use problems and premature sexual activity. SMART Moves uses a team approach that involves MVBGC staff, peer leaders, parents, and community representatives. Young people ages 6 to 15 engage in discussion and role-playing, practicing resilience and refusal skills, developing assertiveness, strengthening decision-making skills, and analyzing media and peer influence. The ultimate goal is to promote abstinence from substance abuse and adolescent sexual involvement through the practice of responsible behavior.