Programs & Services

our core programs

The Boys & Girls Club of Greater New Bedford's programs nurture confidence and self-esteem in children and youth and helps to promote healthy emotional and social development.
Our programs involve young people in activities that provide opportunities for personal expression, leadership, community involvement, volunteerism, planning and decision making.

triple play

Triple Play, BGCA’s first comprehensive health and wellness program, developed in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, strives to improve the overall health of Club members ages 7-18 by increasing their daily physical activity, teaching them good nutrition and helping them develop healthy relationships.

The Mind component encourages young people to eat smart through the Healthy Habits program, which covers the power of choice, calories, vitamins and minerals, the food pyramid and appropriate portion size. The Body component boosts Clubs’ traditional physical activities to a higher level by providing sports and fitness activities for all youth. The Soul component helps build positive relationships and cooperation among young people.

gymnasium/physical fitness

Sports is an important part of the Boys & Girls Club experience.  Sports, fitness and recreational programs develop healthy well-being, encourage a positive use of leisure time, develop skills to manage stress, learn respect for peers, team building and nurture important social skills.


Helps Club members be more successful in school by providing homework help and tutoring by encouraging members to become self-directed learners.

healthy habits

Known as the Mind component of Triple Play, the Healthy Habits program is designed to incorporate healthy living and active learning in every part of the Club experience. From the gym to the learning center to the arts and crafts room, the central themes of good nutrition, regular physical activity and improving overall well-being are emphasized.

Club youth who participate in Healthy Habits will understand the benefits of eating smart and being physically active. Lessons in the Healthy Habits program include Stamp Out Proportion Distortion, Eating for Energy, and Building Healthy Bones and Teeth. 


Bumper pool, billiards, air hockey, gockey and other games and tournaments improve motor skills, teach structure through rules and regulations as well as foster good sportsmanship and fair play.


The mission of the Boys & Girls Club library is to excite and inspire members to read in a quiet, supervised setting. Thanks to Baker Books members have hundreds of titles to choose from and a cozy place to read.


Get children excited about reading; improves children's literacy skills; provides greater access to books and opportunities for reading with an adult; and supports literacy development at home. America Reads is a program in which work-study eligible students work in a one-on-one situation with academically at-risk children living in low income communities.  The program increases each child's literacy skills to grade level, self-esteem, and reading and writing scores on State Standards Testing.  UMass-Dartmouth students come on a daily basis to help tutor/mentor our members in the Club.

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