Who We Are


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


A Boys & Girls Club Provides a s afe place to learn and grow, O ngoing relationships with caring, adult professionals, L ife-enhancing programs and character development experiences, and h ope and opportunity.

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.


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 4,300 Club facilities throughout the country and BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide.

The Facts:

Unique Characteristics of a Boys & Girls Club

  • 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 in a positive environment, reinforcing a sense of belonging, personal accountability, and civic responsibility.
  • Generation-changing programs that support a commitment to learning, positive values, healthy habits, and high expectations for success as an adult.
The Figures

4,300 chartered Clubs facilities, including:

  • 1,594 in schools
  • 481 BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide
  • 990 Clubs in rural areas
  • 296 Clubs in public housing
  • 175 Native American lands

About the Youth We Serve Nationally

  • 5% are 5 years old and under
  • 36% are 6-9 years old
  • 30% are 10-12 years old
  • 19% are 13-15 years old
  • 10% are 16 and older
  • 55% are male
  • 45% are female