Why Boys & Girls Clubs?

Boys & Girls Clubs are a safe place to learn and grow – all while having fun. It is the place where great futures are started each and every day.

In every community, boys and girls are left to find their own recreation and companionship in the streets. An increasing number of children are at home with no adult care or supervision. Young people need to know that someone cares about them.

Boys & Girls Clubs offer that and more. Club programs and services promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence.

Boys & Girls Clubs are a safe place to learn and grow – all while having fun. It is the place where great futures are started each and every day.

20 Years with Denzel Washington!

Academy Award winning actor Denzel Washington has served as BGCA's national spokesman for 20 years. We think it is his best role yet! MORE»
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Meet BGCA's Experts

Boys & Girls Clubs of America has a host of dedicated in-house experts, who have developed proven youth development programs and training materials for thousands of Clubs across the country. They oversee programs in the areas of education, fitness, social recreation, teen issues, bullying prevention and more!

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Tour A Club

To help us achieve our mission of serving youth, we have developed core requirements to support the positive environment within our Clubs. In this section you will learn about the specific areas of a typical Club, and how they help contribute to our programs.

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How to Start a Club

So you want to know more about organizing a Boys & Girls Club. Where do you start? It all begins with wanting to make life better for young people in your community. It all starts with you! MORE»

Facts and Figures

For more than a century, Clubs have helped put young people on the path to great futures. Nearly 4,000 Clubs serve some 4.1 million young people through membership and community outreach.MORE»
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Age Category 13-15
19% of Club members are 13-15 years of age.