BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF AMERICA
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 youth development by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence.
Four key characteristics define the essence of a Boys & Girls Club. All are critical in exerting positive impact on the life of a child:
- Dedicated Youth Facility -- The Boys & Girls Club is a place - an actual neighborhood-based building - designed solely for youth programs and activities.
- Open Daily -- The Club is open every day, after school and on weekends, when kids have free time and need positive, productive outlets.
- Professional Staff -- Every Club has full-time, trained youth development professionals, providing positive role models and mentors. Volunteers provide key supplementary support.
- Available/Affordable to All Youth -- Clubs reach out to kids who cannot afford, or may lack access to, other community programs. Dues are low, averaging $5 to $10 per year.
If you're interested in coaching, tutoring or mentoring youth, Boys & Girls Clubs of America has incredible volunteer opportunities available. To find out more, visit www.bgca.org.