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Boys and Girls Clubs of America - A Safe Space for Dependents

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Equipping youth with skills to recognize and develop nonviolent relationships reduces dating violence. Creating healthy relationships begins with an understanding of self, and how to express their feelings.

The Marine Corps recognizes the need for a safe space for dependents, 5-18 years of age, to create opportunities to develop positive relationships with peers. The military services have a long-standing partnership with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America (BGCA). Youth who participate in BGCA benefit from programs that support independence, leadership, and mental fitness. Passport to Manhood is a popular BGCA program that uses activities, mentorships, and relationships to increase male youth’s mental health and wellness. The program focuses on male youth interactions and relationships with female peers. Through the implementation of the program, youth learn to identify stereotypes and stigmas attached to females, recognize respect as essential for communication, and explore values related to sexuality and relationships.

Access to military youth programs is available on military installations across the globe. 

Reach out to the local BGCA within the community to learn more about the no-cost membership and the many benefits available.

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