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Many youth clubs are set up to provide young people with activities designed to keep them on off streets and out of trouble, and to give them a job and an interest in activity. Some youth clubs can have a particular compelling force, such as music, spiritual/religious guidance and advice or characteristics such as determination.
In the United Kingdom, Clubs for Young People (formerly known as the National Association of Boys' Clubs) is a national network of over 6,000,000 voluntary youth clubs, youth groups and projects. In the United States, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America is one of the most popular (or well known) youth clubs.
Projects and activities
Many youth clubs and projects are open to all people aged 10–21 and are places where young people can go to meet their friends, make new friends, and learn or try new activities. One can learn a new skill like music or computing, or possibly plan a trip away. You are also able to relax and listen to music or play pool, table tennis and much, much more - there are often activities specifically for girls and young women.
Youth clubs are there to help young people understand the world around them. They are there to advise young people with their future,to talk about the past and even help them with the present. Many clubs hold different sessions to educate young people about different topics regarding their health and worries, e.g. contraception. Youth clubs normally have a leader youth worker who normally organises trips or workshops for the young people to contribute in, e.g. Show Racism the Red Card. They can also hold charity events and even volunteer to do many different things. Youth clubs will sometimes help young people to gain qualifications for their life ahead, e.g. The Duke of Edinburgh's Award.
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