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Boys & Girls Club of America

The Boys & Girls Clubs of America was founded in 1860 in Hartford, Connecticut by 3 women who felt that boys roaming the streets needed a positive alternative. They created The Boys Club to provide a safe place for boys. The goal of the organization was to improve behavior and increase the boys personal expectations and goals. 

In 1990 it was decided that it was time to admit girls as well as boys and the organization became the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.  But the legacy of helping our members realize high personal expectations, goals and good character remains today.

Boys & Girls Clubs of America have developed 6 areas of programming. Not every local club offers every program, but every club has the same goal; to help members reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. 

Through programs in sports and recreation, education, the arts, health and wellness, career development and character development we want to empower our youth to excel in school, become good citizens and lead healthy and productive lives.

Today we have 4,300 local Clubs serving over 4 million young people! 

Boys & Girls Club of Missoula County

The Boys & Girls Club of Missoula County was chartered on December 31, 1997.  It began as a teen program serving high school students from a location on the Hip Strip in downtown Missoula. 

Shortly into the Clubs existence we found that a lot of elementary school aged kids needed a safe place to be after school too.  So the Club expanded and formed partnerships with schools, churches and community organizations and added a few other program locations.  We have to be adaptable to the changing demographics of Missoula and we have had program sites come and go but our goal of making sure Missoula's youth have a safe, fun and affordable place to go after school has never wavered.

We moved our administrative offices and one program site from downtown to the City Life Community Center in 2012.  City Life hosts our administrative office, a program site for kids from 6 area elementary schools, our middle school program and our summer camps.

Currently our after-school program has 4 program locations, Mid-Missoula, located in the City Life Center, Council Groves, located in the Council Groves Apartment Complex, Target Range, located at Target Range Elementary School and Lolo, located in the Lolo Elementary school and Lolo Community Church.  We serve an average of 10-117 kids everyday during the school year.
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