What is a Boys & Girls Club?
Clubs are community based organizations that provide young people with a fun, safe and constructive environment when they are not at home or school. Clubs offer programs and services designed to build character and strengthen life skills.
Boys & Girls Clubs are open to all youth age 6 – 18 and have a special focus on children and teens from challenging or disadvantaged circumstances. Clubs reach out to children in need, giving them support, guidance and hope for the future. Dues are kept low and kids are not turned away because of an inability to pay.
Located in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, Clubs are neighborhood centered, providing programming in specialized areas, including character development, educational enhancement and career exploration. Clubs come in a variety of forms – many are actual physical buildings designed especially for kids, while others are located in different settings, including public housing, US military bases around the world, schools and Native American lands – to provide as many youth as possible with carefully designed Club programming tailored to local needs.
Clubs are staffed by paid, trained youth development professionals. Through a system of informal guidance, Club staff form strong bonds with young people and help them make smart choices for life. For many Club members, Club staff are the most influential, positive adult role models in their lives.