Dick Smith Youth Development Leadership Program


“Our youth of today are our leaders of tomorrow and champions for a better quality of life in our community.”

~Richard “Dick” Smith

As a long time Board Member and supporter of our Club, Dick believed in our youth and knew the importance of developing youths into future leaders in our community.

According to Dick, “It’s our job to get these kids off the street, keep them safe and teach them to become good citizens.

With this vision the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Rogue Valley established the Dick Smith Youth Leadership Development Program. This leadership program allows our kids to participate in programs that develop Good Character, Leadership, Community Service, Academic Success, Health and Fitness, Social Recreation and the Arts.

Programs that Work

Boys & Girls Clubs nurture our youth’s self-esteem by instilling in them a sense of belonging, usefulness, influence and competence. Our Clubs do this daily basis by providing relationships with caring adult professionals, age-appropriate well-rounded programming that is fun and interactive.

Our Club programs are based on the following core areas of development:

Key Elements for Positive Youth Development

Boys & Girls Clubs of America has identified certain elements that make it possible for Clubs to assure positive developmental experiences for Club Youth.

These elements are:

  • A Safe, Positive Environment
  • Fun
  • Supportive Relationships
  • Opportunities and Expectations
  • Recognition

Youth Development Outcomes

All Boys & Girls Clubs seek to help youth live full and satisfying lives.

Our Programs are in place to help our youth develop:

  • Positive Self-Identity
  • Health & Well-Being
  • Positive Values
  • Commitment to Learning
  • Social Competency
  • Community & Civic Involvement

You can learn more about any of the above programs by visiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of America Website.