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Background Information

For more than a century, Boys & Girls Clubs have helped put young people on the path to great futures. Boys & Girls Clubs of America's mission is:

To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.


4,074 Chartered Club facilities, including approximately:

  • 1,400 in Schools
  • 400 BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. Military Installations worldwide
  • 300 in Public Housing
  • 200 on Native American Lands

Some 4 Million Youth Served through Club Membership and Community Outreach:


  • 55% Male
  • 45% Female


  • 5% 5 and under
  • 46% 6-10
  • 20% 11-12
  • 19% 13-15
  • 10% 16 and older

Ethnicity of Youth Served:

  • 31% Caucasian
  • 29% African-American
  • 23% Hispanic/Latino
  • 5% Multi-racial
  • 3% Asian-American
  • 3% Native American or Alaska Native

Adult Staff and Volunteers:

  • 51,000 Trained Adult Professional Staff
  • 218,000 Program Volunteers
  • 26,000 Board Members

What Makes a Boys & Girls Club Unique?

  • Clubs are community-based and building-centered.
  • Clubs provide a safe, affordable place for young people during non-school hours and the summer.
  • Clubs are led by paid, trained youth development professionals.

Programs with Impact:

To support Clubs in their efforts to deepen their positive impact on the young people they serve, Boys & Girls Clubs of America offers a framework for youth development and proven, nationally recognized programs that provide young people with the knowledge and skills they need to pursue their dreams and succeed in life.

BGCA assists Clubs in helping youth advance in three primary outcome areas: academic success, healthy lifestyles, and good character and citizenship. For a detailed listing of our programs, please visit www.bgca.org/whatwedo/Pages/WhatWeDo.aspx

Academic Success

Each year, more than 30 percent of America's high school students fail to graduate on time. As a result, the U.S. has one of the highest high school dropout rates of any industrialized nation. Our vision is that every young person who walks through the doors of a Club progresses from each grade to the next on time and graduates from high school with a solid plan for the future. BGCA programs in this area include:

  • Power Hour, a homework help and tutoring program;
  • Goals for Graduation, an academic goal-setting program;
  • CareerLaunch, which introduces young people to the world of work;
  • Money Matters: Make it Count, a financial literacy program; and
  • Club Tech, which teaches young people how to use technology.

Healthy Lifestyles

Over the last 50 years, the childhood obesity rate has quadrupled. Today, some 16 percent of youth are obese, and one-third is overweight. In addition, an increasing number of young people are engaging in risky behaviors. BGCA helps Clubs put youth on the path to healthy and productive lives through programs such as:

  • Triple Play: A Game Plan for the Mind, Body and Soul, a holistic approach to educating youth about nutrition, physical fitness, and developing healthy relationships; and
  • SMART Moves (Skills Mastery and Resistance Training), which helps young people resist drug use and premature sexual activity by enhancing their life skills, building their resiliency and strengthening leadership abilities.

Good Character and Citizenship

Youth who are engaged in community service tend to do better in school, avoid risky behaviors, and maintain positive relationships with adults and peers. Program offerings in this area include:

  • Youth of the Year, which promotes and recognizes young people who have overcome tremendous obstacles, and excelled in academic performance and community service; and
  • Leadership and service groups, such as Torch Clubs (for kids ages 11-13) and Keystone Clubs (for teens ages 14-18), that encourage young people to become leaders through service to their Club and community.

To view the BGCA 2013 grant request, please click here
To view the BGCA Grant report, click here

To view BCGA 2012 Grant report, please click here..
To view BCGA Funding request, please click here.

For a detailed listing of programs, please visit www.bgca.org/programs


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