For more than a century, Clubs have helped put young people on the path to great futures. Boys & Girls Clubs annually serve nearly 4 million young people, through membership and community outreach, in some 4,000 Club facilities throughout the country and BGCA affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide.
Boys & Girls Clubs make a difference because: Clubs are community-based and building-centered. Clubs provide a safe, affordable place for young people during non-school hours and during the summer. Clubs are led by paid, trained youth development professionals.
Boys & Girls Clubs provide young people with: A safe place to spend time during non-school hours and the summer as an alternative to the streets or being home alone. A chance to play, have fun, laugh and learn. Opportunities to build new skills that raise each child’s belief that he or she can succeed and receive recognition for personal accomplishments. Ongoing relationships with caring adults and connections to new friends in a positive environment, reinforcing a sense of belonging, personal accountability, civility and civic responsibility. Generation-changing programs that support a commitment to learning, positive values, healthy habits and high expectations for success as an adult.