Project Intercept Program

What Is Project Intercept?
Project Intercept is a proven prevention and intervention program for incorrigible youth 10 to 16 years of age founded and operated by the Boys & Girls Club of Erie and funded by the Erie County Office of Children and Youth since 1995.

Project Intercept works with youth who might otherwise end up in placement by mainstreaming them into Boys & Girls Club guidance and youth development activities and by providing them with adult staff mentors.

“I have the opportunity to be part of many organizations, but none more gratifying than the Boys & Girls Club.”

— Dr. Richard Rahner, Board Vice President

Strategy & Purpose
The long-term strategy of a program like Project Intercept is to promote child safety, well-being and permanency.

The purpose of the program in the short-term is to prevent placement outside the home, improve academic performance and school attendance, and ameliorate disciplinary behavioral issues by providing these youth with adult mentors and by integrating them into productive youth development activities at the Boys & Girls Club.

To be eligible for Project Intercept youth must be 10 to 16 years old at the time of enrollment and meet one or more of the following criteria: failing one or more subjects in school, not promoted to the next grade level, multiple disciplinary actions taken against them in school, out-of-control behavior in the home, confirmed association with “negative groups,” and /or confirmed truant.

Youth NOT eligible for the program include those under or over the age limit, those with a documented history of sexual offenses or a history of pyromania, and those adjudicated delinquent.

Youth clients must be referred to the program by the Office of Children and Youth, the Office of Juvenile Probation, District Magistrates, School Districts, or other public or private social services agencies.


You can refer a client to Project Intercept 24/7 by contacting program supervisors Joe Grucza or John Popoff at the Boys & Girls Club:
814.459.1977 x 235