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!