Boys & Girls Club of Danville
LocationBoys & Girls Club of Danville
850 N. Griffin Street
Danville, IL 61832
Mailing AddressATTENTION: Rickey Williams, Jr., Executive Director
Boys & Girls Club Of Danville
850 N. Griffin Street
Danville, IL 61832
Telephone Numbers and Contact informationPhone: (217) 446-4315 Service, Intake, & Administration
Fax: (217) 446-6885 Web Page: www.bgcdnv.org
Operating Agency: Boys & Girls Club of Danville (Private, Non-Profit )
Person In Charge: Executive Director : Rickey Williams, Jr.
Hours: Monday-Friday 2:15 PM-6:30 PM. Summer hours are Monday-Friday 9:00 AM-5:00 PM, early drop off option @ 7:45 AM and/or late pick up @ 6:
Eligibility: Youth Grades 1-12
Fees: Membership $25 school year/$50 summer.
Intake Process: Turn in membership fee along with membership application.
Service Area: Danville-year round; Vermilion County-summer
The Programs: Character and Leadership Development: empowers youth to support and influence their Club and community, sustain meaningful relationships with others, develop a positive self-image, participate in the democratic process and respect their own and others' cultural identities. (Community service projects, Keystone Club, Torch Club, Member of the Month, Youth of the Year) Education and Career Development: enables youth to become proficient in basic educational disciplines, apply learning to everyday situations and embrace technology to achieve success in a career. (Computer Lab, Reading Club, Tutoring, Power Hour - homework assistance, and Job Ready. Health and Life Skills: develops young people's capacity to engage in positive behaviors that nurture their own well-being, set personal goals and live successfully as self-sufficient adults. (Personal hygiene, beauty workshops, substance abuse prevention, pregnancy prevention, and Positive alternative lifestyles.) The Arts: enables youth to develop their creativity and cultural awareness through knowledge and appreciation of the visual arts, crafts, performing arts and creative writing. (Multi-cultural appreciation, visual and performing arts, photography, poetry, puppetry, dance, storytelling, and journalism.) Sports, Fitness and Recreation: develops fitness, positive use of leisure time, skills for stress management, appreciation for the environment and social skills. (Intro to various sports, board games, game room tournaments, Spring Basketball League, golf , birthday parties, community beautification, garden club, camping, fishing, hiking and park visits.) REQUIRED PROGRAMS: The Arts Members develop creativity and cultural awareness through the use of visual arts, crafts, performing arts, and creative writing. Participation in artistic programs and field trips exposes them to the many facets of the arts and their impact on culture. Character & Leadership Development Youth for Unity (all ages): This initiative teaches young people and youth development professionals to promote/celebrate diversity, and combat/prevent prejudice, bigotry and discrimination. Keystone Club (ages 14-18): Keystone Clubs are chartered leadership and service clubs. Keystoners elect officers and plan and implement their own activities in four areas: service to club and community, unity, free enterprise and social recreation. Torch Club (ages 10-13): Torch Clubs are chartered leadership and service clubs. Torch Club elect officers and plan and implement activities in four areas: service to club and community, education, health and fitness, and social recreation. Youth of the Year (ages 14-18): Eligible members participate in a competition where they write essays, give a 3-minute presentation, and undergo an interview process. Our YOY then competes at the State YOY Competition. Eligibility Requirements: 14-18 years old, maintain a B average or higher, Club membership for at least 2 years, and community service. Education & Career Development Power Hour (all ages): A comprehensive program designed to raise the academic proficiency of Club members. Power Hour helps Club members become more successful in school by providing homework help and supplemental activities. Health & Life Skills SMART Moves - Skills Mastery & Resistance Training (all ages): This comprehensive prevention program teaches young people to resist alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use, as well as premature sexual activity. The SMART Family includes: SMART Kids (ages 6-9), Start SMART (ages 10-12), Stay SMART (ages 13-15), and SMART Parents (any age), as well as special initiatives SMART Girls (girls ages 8-12 and 13-17) and Street SMART (all ages) which are outlined below. SMART Girls (girls ages 8-12 and 13-18): This program enhances girls' physical and emotional well-being and increases their self esteem. Through dynamic sessions, highly participatory activities, field trips and mentoring with adult women, Club girls explore their own attitudes and values as well as those held by society. They build skills for eating right, staying physically fit, and maintaining good health care, while also developing positive relationships with peers and adults. Street SMART (ages 12-18): This program counteracts the negative lures of gangs, violence and 'street' influences on young adolescents, while building awareness and resistance skills to make intelligent choices. Sports, Fitness, & Recreation Includes indoor and outdoor programs that provide safe outlets for participants to try new skills and interests, build friendships, find their place in a group and gain developmentally relevant experiences. Sports and group games are used to emphasize the importance of exercise and safety while providing members with fun and challenging activities. Supplemental Programs The Arts Arts & Crafts (all ages): Members use a wide-variety of mediums to create artwork as well as engaging in special group projects and initiatives such as 'Know Your Neighbor, Know Your World'. Club Choir (all ages): Members learn to sing various types of American music as well as styles from around the world. They then perform at Club and community events. Talent Show (all ages): Members demonstrate their special abilities in this annual competition. Winners are chosen in music, dance, and an 'other' category. The grand champion is then submitted to be considered to compete in the National BGCA Talent Search. Drama Club (ages 8-18): Members learn the basics of acting and play production. They will actively participate in writing, producing and acting in the end of the year play. Character & Leadership Development Boy Scouts (ages 7-10): Provides an opportunity for boys to learn leadership skills as well as respect for self, others, the community, and nature through various indoor and outdoor activities. Girl Scouts (ages 6-17): Provides an opportunity for girls to learn leadership skills as well as respect for self, others, the community, and nature through various indoor and outdoor activities. Passport to Manhood (ages 12-17): This program introduces male members to the various facets of becoming a man. It teaches them the importance of personal responsibility and public accountability. Education & Career Development Computer Courses (all ages): Members are given the opportunity to learn keyboarding skills, internet usage, digital photography and music, as well as various other software programs. We also have SAT & ACT preparation software to help our high school students prepare for college entrance exams. Tutoring Program (select members of all ages): Thirty-six members are chosen based upon a combination of a Club pre-test in reading and math, their grades from the previous quarter, and recommendations from teachers, staff, parents, or the children themselves. They then receive individual tutoring each week to help boost their academic performance and self-esteem. Book Club (ages 8-12): Members will collectively select books to read throughout the year. Discussions regarding themes, characters, plots, etc. will be held following the completion of each book. Health & Life Skills Cavity Free Zone (ages 6-10): The Club partners with Crest to teach our younger members the importance of oral hygiene, proper brushing techniques, and eating nutritious foods. Style, Charm, & Grace (ages 6-13): Members are taught proper etiquette and engage in public speaking in order to learn how to conduct themselves as young ladies and gentlemen. The program culminates with a banquet in which each participant demonstrates what he/she has learned. Gardening Club - During late spring and summer, members work with staff from the University of Illinois Extension Service to prepare the soil, select and plant various seeds, maintain the garden, and harvest their produce. They also learn the importance of portion size and nutrition. Home Economics/Cooking (all ages): Members learn kitchen basics such as measuring and baking, as well as how to prepare simple dishes. MethSMART (all ages): The Boys & Girls Club of Danville was one of 20 sites chosen nationally to pilot this new program, which focuses on the dangers of methamphetamine use and the consequences it has for users, their families and communities in which they live. Sports, Fitness, and Recreation Boys & Girls Club Basketball League (ages 11- 18): Members have weekly practices, play other local teams in our Spring & Summer sessions, host and travel to play other Boys & Girls Club Teams, and participate in the annual Dustbowl Tournament. Golf (ages 10-14): Ten members who have demonstrated good behavior and an interest in the sport receive golf lessons twice a week from local supporters. They are taught fundamentals and those who excel culminate the season with an actual game. Gymnastics (girls ages 8-10): Due to limited space, female members interested in learning this sport undergo a try-out process in which they are judged on sportsmanship, ability, and cooperation. Those who make the 'team' participate in weekly classes and have an end of the year performance where they showcase what they have learned. Knitting & Crocheting (ages 8-12): Members learn knitting & crocheting basics and finish with a culminating project. Volleyball (ages 11-18): Members learn the basics of playing and coaching volleyball. They are then encouraged to pursue the sport in a school-based or intramural league. Chess (ages 10-12): Members learn the fundamentals of chess and participate in tournament play.