Programs at The Boys & Girls Club

Building the future.

The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Durham offers an affordable after-school program that provides a safe place for youth ages 6 - 18 to learn and play. For just $10 a year, we continue to engage our youth in positive programming. We offer many different programs here at The Boys & Girls Club to ensure that they are in the best possible environment for development, growth, and fun! Some are offered year-round, while others are seasonal. There's always something going on at the Club!

Calendar of Events

Character & Leadership Development

Healing the Gap

As the news media and statistics will show you, relationships between the community and police departments across the country are struggling. In an effort to combat this serious issue, our Boys & Girls Club has partnered up with the Durham Police Department to create a safe place for our Club Members and police to build healthy relationships and mend broken trust. Each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, the Durham PD comes to The Boys & Girls Club to play basketball, checkers, chess, draw, tell stories, laugh, and cry with our Club kids. It is a mentorship that is like no other. We aren't sure who is learning more, our kids, or the cops! Our program has been featured on several news outlets. Check us out on WRAL and ABC11.

Checkers Club

Thanks to some champion checkers players that volunteer with us on a weekly basis, some of our Club members are taking part in our checker program, where they learn how to play the game, and how to apply the same game strategies to life. As one of our teachers was overheard saying, "when you are learning, you are winning." We could not agree more.

Guitar Program

Sean Maroney of WNCN has been a great partner to The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club. With his help, we have successfully implemented a weekly guitar program. Students join together to learn guitar basics; they ocassionally have opportunities to win their very own guitars.


The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Durham is proud to offer an intentional, relational Mentorship Program to all of our enrolled students. This program helps our children with life skills and behavior management. Our mentors are trained and supported to ensure that they are engaging in positive youth interaction that will enrich our students. Having a positive role model to look up to makes a huge impact on young students. Many local university students participate in this program, as well as community volunteers.

Education & Career

The Reading Program

The Boys & Girls Club is passionate about education; when we see some students struggling more than others, we know that we need to take action. That's where The Reading Program comes in. Based on a pre-test score, specific students are taken to The Reading Program. Club members are developing new attitudes toward reading and learning. Frustrated students who could not read without a tutor’s assistance are now excited students, reading independently and answering questions correctly. We have broken The Reading Program down into three, effective options for Club Members to get the help they need. Read more about The Reading Program.


The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club is pleased to offer SMART Girls, a program that encourages girls to become empowered, successful young women. This program provides a curriculum that is filled with exciting and fun learning opportunities, and allows young girls in our Club to learn about empowered women who have made a difference in their communities. This program teaches young girls important things they may need to learn about their development, but may not hear anywhere else. 

Junior Staff

Junior Staff members assist Club members ages 13 - 18 in exploring a career in youth or human services, particularly the Boys & Girls Club work. Young people prepare for future roles as human service professionals by participating in career development activities, discovering the importance of community service, building customer service skills, and completing a Club apprenticeship. Clubs that implement this program make an investment in the development of the Club members' interpersonal skills, work ethic, and sense of community responsibility.

Sports, Fitness, & Recreation 

Triple Play

Triple Play is a popular fitness and health program that teaches how eating right, keeping fit, and forming positive relationships add up to create a healthy lifestyle. The goal of the Triple Play program is to improve Club members' knowledge of healthy habits, increase the number of hours per day they participate in physical activities, and strengthen their abilities to engage in positive relationships. Program components include: Health Habits Nutrition Curriculum, daily physical challenges, sports clubs, Triple Play games, and social recreation.

Cheer Squad

The Boys & Girls Club partners with neighboring colleges and universities to bring professional training to fun activities. Our cheerleading squad is led by volunteers who cheer in high school or college. The cheerleaders for The Boys & Girls Club practice once a week, and participate by cheering on our basketball team at each game!


Our Boys & Girls Club basketball team, Save Sports, just recently won the 17u USSSA Basketball Championship! At the Club, we have different age groups playing and practicing basketball skills each week. Volunteers and staff take pride in teaching the discipline and leadership that comes along with learning a sport. It's a great program, and their hard work pays off in the championship games!


To find out more information about any or all of these programs, contact our Boys & Girls Club office at (919) 682-7842, or stop by our Club at 810 N. Alston Avenue, Durham NC 27702.