Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia - Health & Life Skills
To promote healthy lifestyles, our members learn positive behaviors and how to resist peer pressure in order to that nurture their own wellbeing and help them become successful adults. They also learn how to set and achieve personal goals, and how to live successfully as an adult.

Passport to Manhood

Passport to Manhood represents a targeted effort to engage young boys 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 use 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 the 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 18. Through dynamic sessions, participatory activities, field trips and mentoring opportunities with adult women, Club girls explore their own and societal attitudes and values as they build skills for eating right, staying physically fit, getting good health care and developing positive relationships with peers and adults.

SMART Moves (Skills Mastery and Resistance Training)

SMART Moves uses a team approach that involves Club 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. The SMART programs include SMART Kids for ages 6–9, Start SMART for ages 10–12, Stay SMART for ages 13–15, and SMART Parents.

Triple Play

Triple Play is a dynamic wellness program that demonstrates how eating right, keeping fit and forming positive relationships add up to a healthy lifestyle.The program is designed to incorporate healthy living and active learning in every part of the Club experience for members between the ages of 6-18. 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.