Positive Action

Funded by Community Health Resources Commission

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Carroll County will implement the evidence-based program Positive Action to help improve student well-being and readiness to learn.

What is Positive Action?

Positive Action is based on the intuitive philosophy that we feel good about ourselves when we do positive actions.

  • Our thoughts lead to actions and those actions lead to feelings about ourselves which in turn lead to more thoughts.
  • When this cycle is negative, students do not want to learn. When this cycle is positive, students want to learn.
  • The essence of the program is to emphasize those actions that promote a healthy and positive cycle. The Positive Action program works through these concepts in a systematic way.

The Positive Action Curriculum Consists of 6 Units (Topics)

  1. Philosophy and Self-Concept: Thoughts – Actions – Feelings About Self Circle
  2. Healthy Body and Mind: Physical Positive Actions, Intellectual Positive Actions
  3. Self-Management: Managing Yourself Responsibly
  4. Social Skills: Getting Along with Others
  5. Self-Honesty: Being Honest with Yourself and Others
  6. Self-Improvement: Improving Yourself Continually
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Program Impact

Positive Action helps students improve social, emotional, behavioral, and academic behaviors. Standardized tools will enable tracking of student progress toward both immediate and long-term outcomes. The Positive Action program measures:

  • Increased Self-Regulation: Can you calm yourself and implement a healthy coping skill?
  • Improved Emotion Identification: Can you verbalize how you are feeling?
  • Increased Pro-Social Interactions: Can you have healthy interactions with your peers?
  • Increase Altruistic Behavior: Can you show compassion for others?
  • Decrease in Aggressive Problem Solving: Can you use appropriate problem-solving skills?
  • Decrease in Risky Behavior: Can you engage in healthy behaviors?

Empower your potential with positive actions!


Positive Action will be implemented at five Boys & Girls Club locations:

  1. Westminster Clubhouse (71 E. Main St., Westminster, MD 21157) Serving: Friendship Valley, Robert Moton, Cranberry Station, William Winchester and Westminster Elementary Schools; East Middle School, West Middle School, and Crossroads; Westminster High School, Winters Mill High School and Gateway School.
  2. North Carroll Clubhouse (1400 Panther Drive, Hampstead MD. 21074) Serving: North Carroll Middle School, Shiloh Middle School and Manchester Valley High School.
  3. Sykesville Middle School Site (7301 Springfield Ave., Sykesville, MD 21784) Serving: Sykesville Middle School.
  4. Northwest Middle School Site (99 Kings Dr., Taneytown, MD 21787) Serving: Northwest Middle School.
  5. Mt Airy Middle School Site (102 W. Watersville Rd., Mt Airy, MD 21771) Serving: Mt Airy Middle School.
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The program will be offered year-round to address poor academic performance, behavioral challenges and mental health concerns. Students’ needs will be addressed through age appropriate lessons:

  • Elementary School Age: daily for 30 minutes
  • Middle and High School Age: twice weekly for 30 minutes
  • Summer Program held for all ages at the Westminster Club: daily for 30 minutes.
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Targeted Schools and Recruitment Priorities

Each student attending our afterschool or summer program will participate in the Positive Action Program. The Boys & Girls Club welcomes all students in need of affordable out-of-school time programming. To maximize impact, students will be prioritized for recruitment to ensure outreach to those most in need. These recruitment priorities include:

  • Academic and social emotional gaps because of pandemic losses.
  • Need mental health support based on Carroll County’s higher-than average youth suicide and self-harm rates.
  •  Youth who attend a targeted school that qualifies as Title I, or a school that has a notable percentage of youth qualifying for free or reduced meals.
  • Youth who are impacted by substance use within their families.
  • Schools with a high level of documented behavioral needs.

Dedicated Staff

A staff team, trained in Positive Action facilitation will be employed at each Boys & Girls Clubs of Carroll County location.

Mollie Yingling, LMSW will oversee the program.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Carroll County | 410-386-0135 | info@bgccarrollcounty.org | 71 E. Main Street, Westminster, MD 21157 | Member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America