In the teen center at Boys & Girls Clubs Metro Phoenix, program manager of the Swift Kids Branch, Evelia McClarty explains what it has to offer teens. All locations are open M-F. On the youth side they are open from 7 AM to 6 PM and the teen center is open 12 PM to 8 PM. All the programs fall into three areas; Academic Success, Character and Citizenship and Healthy Lifestyles. The Passport to Manhood and Smart Girls programs teach teens about becoming men and women. They also do a financial literacy program, Money Matters, with skills covering budgeting money and managing a bank account.
When kids register for the Day Camp programs, the youth are provided breakfast, lunch and snacks and the teens are provided dinner in the evening.
McClarty says it is important to keep both youth and teens engaged throughout the summer and Boys and Girls Clubs do that with their educational programs and activities. The teen program at McClarty’s center sees 60-75 teens come through on a daily basis.