What We Do

Every day after school and all day during the summer, youth participate in fun and educational activities that focus on learning how to make vital life decisions, succeed in school and prepare for self-sufficiency when they become adults. On any given day, hundreds of youth participate in programs offered at one of our six Club sites located throughout Florence, Darlington, and Williamsburg Counties.

Our Clubs provide diverse activities that meet the interests of all youth. Core programs engage young people in activities with adults, peers and family members that enable them to develop self-esteem and reach their full potential. Based on the physical, emotional, cultural and social needs and interests of girls and boys, and recognizing developmental principles, Clubs offer activities in five core program areas: Education & Career Development; Character & Leadership Development; Health & Life Skills; The Arts; Sports, Fitness & Recreation.

Since 1964 the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee Area has provided youth with programs to help them become responsible citizens and tomorrow’s leaders. By using the youth development strategy created by Boys & Girls Clubs of America, all programs strive to instill these qualities in members:

  • A Sense of Competence – the feeling there is something every boy and girl can do well
  • A Sense of Usefulness – the opportunity to do something of value for other people
  • A Sense of Belonging – a setting where children know they have a place and where they “fit” and are accepted
  • A Sense of Influence – a chance to be heard and to influence decisions

Developed by Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Project Learn uses a variety of methods to incorporate academically helpful activities into a child’s routine: homework help and tutoring, high-yield learning activities, parent and adult involvement, collaboration with schools, and incentives.

High-Yield Learning Activities (HYLAs) include discussions with knowledgeable adults, leisure reading, writing activities, helping others, and games that sharpen cognitive skills. These HYLAs give children the knowledge, skills and attitudes for a positive self-identity, academic achievement, cultural awareness, employability, social & emotional maturity, civic involvement, health & well-being, and a moral compass.

In 1998, Columbia University published a report on Project Learn. They reported that Project Learn participants increased their overall grades by 11%, and had 15% higher grades overall compared to non-Club youth. Participants also decreased their absences by 66%, and missed 87% fewer days compared to non-Club youth.

BGCPDA ~ PO Box 93 ~ Florence, SC 29503 ~ 843-662-1142