We believe healthy minds need the support of healthy bodies.
A future generation of active citizens begins by building healthy habits in our kids. Club programs develop daily fitness habits, offer nutrition education programs, encourage a positive use of leisure time, strengthen social and interpersonal skills, and help youth members understand the importance of healthy relationships. They also reduce stress and foster a general appreciation for the environment.
According to the Center for Disease Control, Texas ranks third in the nation for teenage pregnancies, behind Mississippi and New Mexico. Travis County is ranked number one in America for teen pregnancies. A recent study has found that youth who do not spend time in extracurricular activities after school are 37% more likely to become teen parents compared to youth who spend time in after school programs.
In Austin, 55% of BGCAA members are between 13 and 18 years old and are engaged in interactive Club activities like SMART Moves, SMART Girls and Passport to Manhood. These programs are all nationally recognized prevention programs that help young people resist alcohol, tobacco and other drug use, as well as premature sexual activity.