The Goal:

We strive to provide a world-class Club experience that puts success within reach of every young person who walks through our doors, putting them on track to graduate from high school with a plan for the future. Our goal is for every Club member to:

  • Graduate from high school ready for college, trade school, military or employment.
  • Adopt healthy eating habits, engage in regular physical activity and avoid high-risk behaviors such as consumption of alcohol, tobacco and drugs.
  • Be an engaged citizen who cares about the community, registers to vote and models strong character.

Great Futures

What we teach:

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley provides a safe, caring environment for Club members during the summer and after school. We offer over 35 fun, educational programs that teach:

  • STEM
  • Creativity & Innovation
  • Health & Wellness
  • Fitness Programs & Team Sports
  • Outdoor & Environmental Education
  • Summer Learning Loss Prevention
  • Technology
  • Academic Enrichment
  • The Arts


Program details

(not a complete list):

It affords teens an opportunity to gain valuable leadership and service experience. They conduct activities in three areas: academic success, career exploration and community service.

Funded by: Carmax

Torch Clubs are charter small-group leadership and service clubs for boys and girls ages 11-13. A Torch Club is a powerful vehicle through which Club staff can help meet the special character development needs of younger adolescents at a critical stage in their development. Torch Club members learn to elect officers and work together to implement activities in four areas: service to Club and community, education, health and fitness and social recreation.

Funded by: Carmax

For Club members who haven’t participated in swim lessons with our organization before.

Funded by: US Swim Foundation

Montgomery Village Boys & Girls Club

The Montgomery Village Boys & Girls Club (MV) proposes a business program for 8-12 teen members (6th-12th graders) to introduce teens to Money Matters. They will participate in an extensive year-long program to work as junior staff members at the Montgomery Village Club.

Members in this program will train from Sept-Nov as junior staff, and then work as a company from Jan-Mar to operate a store in the Clubhouse. As a team, they will be responsible to manage and operate a special store, called “The Village,” which will sell light snacks. Profits from the sales will support field trips for MV members, many of whom cannot normally attend these outings.

The Village focuses on guiding and supporting teen members across three major units on personal finance matters. The members will act as a village and share their sense of ingenuity, cooperation, and responsibility to demonstrate how a village can support children in their own housing project.


  • Bolster confidence and self-esteem
  • Develop a sense of financial responsibility
  • Provide support to the MV community, at large

Funded by: Purses With Purpose

Halls/Powell Boys & Girls Club

Gen-Z Ladies would be an outlet for 35-40 Halls/Powell female members to focus on themselves while simultaneously learning about people from other walks of life. We hope to open their eyes to the world around them, to make them aware of what is happening in their community, and to show them what they can do to be a part of that. At the same time, we aim to teach our ladies leadership skills that will stay with them throughout life, and aid them in their quest for greatness. We hope to show them the potential each of them has, and how to use that potential to do good for their community.


  • Weekly discussions about influential woman in history
  • Leadership and service learning workshops lead by Purses with Purpose members
  • Read female-centric literature such as autobiographies, self-help, and fiction with strong female leads
  • Yearly retreat focused on team building and self-worth exercises

Funded by: Purses With Purpose

Vestal Boys & Girls Club

The Vestal Boys & Girls Club is seeking funding to support Girl Squad. This group is comprised of 25 elementary and middle school members who have completed the SMART Girls small group curriculum. We are hoping to supplement our SMART Girls programming and reach additional members with additional programming focused on peer relationships and future-focused goal setting.

This group was developed after recognizing a need in our ladies for additional social, emotional, and academic support in order to reach their full potential. We hope that by implementing the Girl Squad group, our members will be able to set goals, have a high concept of self, and be leaders who have a positive impact on their peers and community.

Funded by: Purses With Purpose

Since 1947, Youth of the Year has been Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s premier recognition program, celebrating the extraordinary achievements of Club members. Each year, one exceptional young person from a Boys & Girls Club rises to the role of National Youth of the Year. The National Youth of the Year serves as both an exemplary ambassador for Boys & Girls Club youth and as a strong voice for all of our nation’s young people.

2017 Youth of the Year – Diamond Love

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley

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. Through dynamic sessions, highly 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.

Funded by: Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth

The  program is designed to encourage healthy and active lifestyles for participants by offering water-safety courses, recreational pool activities, swim training as well as health and wellness education.

Funded by the Michael Phelps Foundation

The SMART (Skills Mastery and Resistance Training) Moves program is a nationally acclaimed prevention program originally developed in the 1980s with help from prevention specialists and Clubs around the country. Participants are exposed to various activities designed to hone their decision-making and critical-thinking skills, as well as learn how to avoid and/or resist alcohol, tobacco, other drugs and premature sexual activity.

Funded by: Department of Mental Health

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Within this quality, multi-level learn-to-swim program, the lessons will expand opportunities for at-risk students to learn to swim and to use the sport of swimming to expand fitness and recreational opportunities.

Funded by: USA Swimming Foundation

This program serves youth and teens at our Halls/Powell Club through breakfast program and a gardening program. The goal of the summer breakfast program is to provide a nutritious breakfast during the summer months, and school year breaks. The gardening program engages youth and teens in growing their own fresh fruits and vegetables, harvesting them to use to prepare healthy meals for cooking Club, and taking the food home to share with their families.

Funded by: Humana

The program allows youth the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of golf from a designated PFA golf professional in a Club environment. The PGA sports academy includes five weeks of instruction and a program-end trip to the Beverly Par 3 golf course. 50 members from our North Anderson club participate in this program.

Funded by: Professional Golfers’ Association of America (PGA) and United States Golf Association (USGA)

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The program focuses on hunger relief and healthy eating. We use funds to purchase healthy snacks for our NEAT club sites, food to cook healthy meals as a part of healthy habits, and summer breakfast meals for several clubs.

Funded by: Walmart

This program helps to combat summer learning loss with fun, interactive learning experiences designed for summer in the Club! Some 43 million children are not in a learning enriched summer environment and are in danger of losing up to two months of math and literacy ability. These losses are cumulative, growing summer after summer. By 5th grade, lower-income students can be up to two years behind their higher income peers, who can gain up to a month of knowledge each summer.

Funded by: Boys & Girls Clubs of America

These programs provide high school and college readiness programs for rising 8th graders. Includes parent workshops, local and multi-campus college tours, and a graduation celebration.

Funded by: Taco Bell Graduate for Mas

In Tennessee, 20.6% of children ages 10 to 17 are obese. This ranks Tennessee as the 4th highest state in the nation for childhood obesity. (Trust for America’s Health, 2011.) According to the Center for Disease Control, overweight children are more likely to become overweight adolescents and adults. Club FIT programming, offered at 11 Club sites, aims to battle the statistics for Club members by promoting healthy lifestyle behaviors.

Funded by: US Department of Education


Welcome to the next generation of Club Tech – My.Future, which currently includes the programs, Robo Tech, Clay Tech, Game Tech, and the new Internet Essentials. Internet Essentials are engaging and exciting project experiences that provide members of all ability levels with a foundation of technology skills that explore three central themes: building, exploring and communicating.

Funded by: Comcast


The Pipeline Program is designed to increase the number of youth from disadvantaged backgrounds who complete high school and enroll in post-secondary programs related to the healthcare industry.

Funded by: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for National Workforce Diversity Pipeline Program


Talent Search is designed to provide services to high school students in promotion of academic success.

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Funded by: U.S. Department of Education


YouthForce connects Knoxville teens with the local workforce through paid job skills training and job internships.The program serves students grades 9-12 in Knox County after school and during the summer months at our new teen center. The program includes the following components:

  • YouthForce University – an intensive, soft skills training program which teaches teens to apply for, obtain, and maintain a job. Trainings include: career exploration, interview skills, resume writing, financial literacy
  • Job Internships – 60 hours of paid job shadowing at local businesses
  • Technical Training – teaching teens specific job skills, giving them experience to obtain internship or employment
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Email applications to the YouthForce Director Rebecca McDonough at or call 865-232-1127 for information.

Funded by: United Way of Knoxville, Kiwanis, Bank of America, Walmart, PetSafe/ Radio Systems Corp.
Business Partnerships Include: Bank of America, Tindell’s Building Materials, Publix

Do Life Big.

2014-2015 Grants

  • 1st & 10 Foundation
  • Akima Club
  • Alcoa Foundation
  • Appalachian Regional Commission
  • Aslan Foundation
  • Bank of America Foundation
  • Blackberry Farm Foundation
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of America
  • – The Altria Group
  • – Bank of America Foundation
  • – Buffalo Wild Wings
  • – GAP Foundation
  • – ConocoPhillips
  • – JBP Foundation
  • – SouthFace Utility
  • – Kimberly-Clark
  • – Michael Phelps Foundation
  • – National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA)
  • U.S. Department of Justice:Office of Justice Programs(OJP)
  • – Old Navy
  • – Pro Golfer’s Association of America (PGA)
  • – United States Golf Association (USGA)
  • – WellPoint Foundation
  • – AmeriGroup Foundation
  • – Woodruff Foundation
  • Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation
  • Clayton Family Foundation
  • Col. R. McDonald Gray Foundation
  • Comcast Foundation
  • Cornerstone Foundation
  • Covenant Health
  • DOW Chemical Company
  • East Tennessee Foundation
  • Federal Funding
  • – US Department of Education
  • – US Department of Health & Human Services
  • Fifth Third Bank
  • Food Lion Charitable Foundation
  • Ft. Loudoun Medical Center
  • Gene & Florence Monday Foundation
  • George Johnson Foundation
  • Great Schools Partnership
  • Humana Foundation
  • Ijams Nature Center
  • Katherine Collins Roddy & J.P. Roddy, Sr. Fund
  • Knox County Health Department
  • Knox County Schools
  • Knox County: Defined Services for Non-Profits
  • Knoxville Community Development Corporation (KCDC)
  • Pacific Youth Foundation
  • Payless ShoeSource
  • PeyBack Foundation
  • Publix Super Markets Charities, Inc.
  • Sea Research Foundation
  • Share Our Strength
  • State of Tennessee
  • – TN Department of Education
  • – TN Department of Health
  • – TN Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
  • Taco Bell Foundation
  • Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth
  • The Allstate Foundation
  • The Jason Project
  • The Melrose Foundation
  • Three Rivers Market
  • United Way
  • – United Way of Blount County
  • – United Way of Greater Knoxville
  • – United Way of Loudon County US Bank
  • US Cellular
  • USA Swimming Foundation:- Make a Splash Partner Grant
  • Variety of Eastern Tennessee
  • Walmart Foundation
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