Great Futures Start Here at the Boys & Girls Club!
A welcome message from CPO / Program Director Debra Donatto:
We believe that ALL of our Members have the potential to BE GREAT and we make this possible by living our mission each and every day. I wanted to personally welcome you to our Club and I want you to know that we take the responsibility of working with your children very seriously. We want all of our Members to be prepared to make an impact in the world when they grow up and leave home.
These are the five keys we employ to ensure your children are having a top notch experience at our clubhouse.
- Safe, Positive Environment: Club staff, facilities, programs and age-appropriate settings create stability, consistency and a sense of physical and emotional safety for members.
- Fun: Clubs generate fun for members. Members develop a strong sense of belonging through connections they establish with staff and peers.
- Supportive Relationships: Club youth develop meaningful relationships with adults and their peers.
- Opportunities and Expectations: Club youth acquire physical, social, technological, artistic and life skills. Our Club encourages members to develop moral character and behave ethically. Our staff establishes and reinforces high expectations and helps young people to do well in school and pursue a post-secondary education.
- Recognition: We recognize and support young people’s self-worth and accomplishments.
Thank you for wanting to join our Club and please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Have a great day and know that my staff and I will do our very best everyday for your children.
To enroll your child(ren) in the Boys & Girls Club of Massena, please first review the Membership Handbook that appears below and then print out, complete and submit our BGCM Club Membership Application as well as the Parental Agreement
Responsibilities for Members
- Follow the Be Great Agreement and be respectful!
- Participate in ACADEMIC Core/POWER HOUR and other programs
- Have fun!
Parents or Guardians
- Be supportive of the Club.
- Be involved. Attend Program functions: ask questions: understand the Club’s methods.
- Volunteer to help.
- Communicate with the staff.
- All Members are to arrive at the club immediately after school, either by bus or parental drop off. If they are “walkers” at the school where Club is being held, they are allowed to go home & come back with parental consent.
Staff & Volunteers
- Treat all Members as individuals.
- Provide an atmosphere that is conducive to learning.
- Provide all Members with instruction at their appropriate levels.
- Provide a safe, positive, fun environment.
- Help Members learn to solve their own problems.
- Give 100% everyday to the job and to the kids who are at the Club!
The Club strives to help all of our Members in the following areas: Academic Success, Good Character & Citizenship and Healthy Lifestyles! The following Core Program areas are the guidebook to our daily activities at our location. Each and every day staff designs a program schedule that is full of exciting activities for over 450 young people to participate in daily. All Members receive a snack each day at the Club!
Sports, Fitness and Recreation: Developing fitness, positive use of leisure time, skills for stress management, appreciation for the environment and social skills. Members participate in daily indoor and outdoor sporting activities that teach good sportsmanship and teamwork.
The Arts: Enable youth to develop their creativity and cultural awareness through knowledge and appreciation of the visual arts, crafts, performing arts and creative writing. Members are given the chance to participate in daily Arts and crafts projects, music appreciation, digital art instruction and more.
Health and Life Skills: Developing young people’s capacity to engage in positive behaviors that nurture their own well-being, set personal goals and live successfully as self-sufficient adults.
Education & Tutoring: Enabling youth to become proficient in basic educational disciplines, apply learning to everyday situations and embrace technology. Additional focus on the Core curriculum will assist struggling students and help them to successfully pass in areas of concern. Additional support will be available for Members in accomplishing their homework, studying for test and accomplishing school projects.
Character and Leadership Development: Empowering youth to support and influence their Club and community, sustain meaningful relationships with others, develop a positive self-image, participate in the democratic process and respect their own and others cultural identities.
BGCM policy regarding harassment prohibits all Members from saying or acting out any language, gestures, or actions that cause harm or insult to others based on gender, race, ethnicity or other reason.
- Shoes must be worn at all times.
- Clothing, jewelry and other personal items (backpacks, gym bags, water bottles, etc.) shall be free of writing, pictures, or any other insignia which are crude, vulgar, profane or sexually suggestive: which bear drug, alcohol or Tobacco Company advertising, promotions and likenesses; or which advocate racial, ethnic or religious prejudice.
- Clothes shall cover all undergarments at all times.
- Skirts, dresses and shorts must be mid thigh, or have a 3-inch inseam.
Cell phones are allowed at the club, but must be turned down so as not to distract others. Ringtones must be appropriate for a school environment. No profanity and no suggestive sayings.
BGCM is a closed campus. This means you are never permitted to leave the club grounds unless you have an Early Release Contract that is current, or have a signed note from a parent or guardian. All Members need to have transportation home, unless they are students who are normally released as walkers and Club is being held at their school. Staff will call parental number on file if needed to verify situation.
If a Member is sick, they are encouraged to stay home. Members must be fever free for 24 hours without the use of any fever reducing medicine prior to returning. Members who become ill or injured at the club should report it immediately.
Medication taken at the Club:
BGCM has a Medication Distribution/Consent Form that must be filled out by the parent/guardian and the Health Care Provider. All medications are to be in a locked safe/cabinet with the signed consent forms.
BGCM is a “Nit Free” organization. No eggs, no nits. If a member is sent home for having lice, he/she may not return until they are nit free. Daily checks for a week after the infestation will be mandatory as a preventative.
Lost and Found:
All lost and found items will be taken to the local “Salvation Army” and dropped off (at the end of the year). The Club will have a designated Lost & Found box in the CPO’s office. Daily reminders will be made for children to check for their missing items.
Transportation applications/parental permission must be completed and brought to the school office prior to riding the transfer bus to attend Club. Members are to follow the transportation department Rules and Expectations. Any incidents that happen on the bus are to be reported to the CPO/Program Director.
Pick Up/Drop Off:
All Members are to be dropped off at the Club by the School District’s Transportation Department, or by parental drop off. No walking to the Club, unless pre-arranged. All Members are to be signed out daily by 6pm and have a parent/guardian to pick them up. Exceptions: students who are ordinarily “walkers” when Club is held at their school.
Reminder – Tobacco Free/Drug Free Zones:
The Club strictly enforces a no tobacco or drug/alcohol policy.
Non Discrimination Statement:
Boys & Girls Club of Massena does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex/gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, nor physical or mental disability in their programs, services, policies, hiring practice and administration.
BGCM Color Codes Breakdown:
“Action that needs to be noted *Redirection*
Minor – Being defiant notifications
1st offense write up’s
3 “Green Level” write up’s in a month = Yellow
Member may need redirection by Unit Director, or CPO/Program Director
Cussing (not F-word)
Small Confrontations/Minor Bullying
2nd offense write-up’s
2 – 3 “Yellow Level” write ups = RED
Red Level: (MUST NOTIFY THE CPO/PROGRAM DIRECTOR)
3rd offense write-ups
Unsafe for Member(s) or Staff
Stealing/Bodily harm or damage to property (Vandalism)
Disciplinary Actions Taken:
- All incidents resulting in a call home or suspension are reported to the Chief Professional Officer (CPO)/Program Director.
- All incidents resulting in suspension must have an incident form filled out: 1 copy for member’s file, 1 copy to parent/guardian, and must be entered into BGCM’s Member tracking/Visions database.
- Member’s Guidance Actions are determined by severity and quantity. Any member with a significant number of behavioral guidance’s will NOT be granted scholarships, or field trip permissions.
- Any member that receives a disciplinary write up, will lose Lounge and Computer Privileges (number of days determined by number of write ups).
- Any member participating in a BGCM Program that receives multiple write ups may be denied participation privileges.
When it becomes necessary for a Member to be placed on a Behavior Contract, a mandatory parent meeting is to be held with the CPO/Program Director. The member’s Handbook is reviewed, along with the “Be Great Agreement,” and the “Behavior Contract.” If the member violates the contract, he/she could be SUSPENDED/EXPELLED from the Club. Once returning to the club, if the behavior continues, the Member could be expelled indefinitely. To be determined by the CPO/Program Director.
The Club must be a safe and positive place for all of our members. It is the job of staff to ensure this happens, and the expectations we have for our staff and our members are high. Thank you for joining our Club, and for being a part of the GREAT things that are happening here.