Facts & Figures


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