Boys & Girls Clubs of America
|Boys & Girls Clubs of America|
Boys Club logo designed by Saul Bass in 1978
|Motto||"To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens."|
|Legal status||Non-profit organization|
|Purpose/focus||"Club programs and services promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence."|
|Region served||United States|
Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) is a national organization of local chapters which provide after-school programs for young people. The organization, which holds a congressional charter under Title 36 of the United States Code, has its headquarters in Atlanta, with regional offices in Chicago, Dallas, Atlanta, New York City and Los Angeles. BGCA is tax-exempt and partially funded by the federal government.
The Club's former president, Roxanne Spillett, received a base salary in 2011 of $455,829 with an additional $116,000 bonus and $1.2 million in deferred compensation and retirement making her one of the highest paid executives for a charitable organization in the United States.
The first Boys' Club was founded in 1860 in Hartford, Connecticut. In 1906, 53 independent Boys' Clubs came together in Boston to form a national organization, the Federated Boys' Clubs. In 1931, the organization renamed itself Boys' Clubs of America, and in 1990, to Boys & Girls Clubs of America. As of 2010, there are over 4,000 autonomous local clubs, which are affiliates of the national organization. In total these clubs serve over four million boys and girls. Clubs can be found in all fifty states as well as locations in Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and US Military Bases. In total, Boys & Girls Clubs of America employ about 50,000 staff members.
Statistics: Member percentages as of 2010:
- 5% are 5 years old and under
- 43% are 6–10 years old
- 19% are 11–12 years old
- 21% are 13–15 years old
- 12% are 16–18 years old
- 55% are male
- 45% are female.
The Chronicle of Philanthropy ranked Boys & Girls Clubs of America number one among youth organizations for the 13th consecutive year, and number 12 among all nonprofit organizations. The Boys & Girls Clubs of America is the official charity of Major League Baseball. Denzel Washington, a former club member, has been the spokesperson for Boys & Girls Clubs of America since 1993.
These people came together in 1956 to create the "Boys Clubs of America":
- Herbert Hoover, 31st president of the United States
- William E. Hall, U.S. Medal of Honor recipient
- Albert L. Cole, G.M. of Reader's Digest
- James A. Farley, United States Postmaster General
- Albert C. Wedemeyer U.S. Army chief of Plans and Operations
- Matthew Woll, vice president of the AFL-CIO
- Jeremiah Milbank Jr., two time Republican Party Finance Committee chairman
- Stanley Resor, secretary of the Army
- James B. Carey, president of AFL-CIO
- J. Edgar Hoover, director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation
- Lewis L. Strauss, chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission
- Robert E. Wood, quartermaster general of the army, V.P. of Sears
- Fred C. Church Jr., insurance businessman.
- H. Bruce Palmer, president of the Mutual Benefit Life Insurance Company
- Edgar A. Guest, TV and radio host
- Nicholas H. Noyes Indianapolis, Indiana- Oil Mogul
- George A. Scott, president, Walker-Scott Company
- E. E. Fogelson, Army colonel and cattle and oil baron
- Ernest Ingold, San Francisco, California
- Jesse Draper, Atlanta, Georgia
- Julius Epstein, Chicago, Illinois
Their successors in the Boys & Girls Clubs of America:
- Gerald W. Blakeley, Jr., Boston, Massachusetts
- Roscoe Brown, Bronx, New York
- Cees Bruynes, Stamford, Connecticut
- Honorable Arnold I. Burns, New York, New York
- John L. Burns, Greenwich, Connecticut
- Hays Clark, Hobe Sound, Florida
- Mrs. Albert L. Cole, Hobe Sound, Florida
- Mike Curb, Burbank, California
- Robert W. Fowler, Atlantic Beach, Florida
- Thomas G. Garth, New York, New York
- Moore Gates, Jr., Princeton, New Jersey
- Ronald J. Gidwitz, Chicago, Illinois
- John S. Griswold, Greenwich, Connecticut
- Claude H. Grizzard, Atlanta, Georgia
- George V. Grune, Pleasantville, New York
- Peter L. Haynes, New York, New York
- James S. Kemper, Northbrook, Illinois
- Plato Malozemoff, New York, New York
- Edmund O. Martin, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
- Donald E. McNicol, New York, New York
- Carolyn P. Millbank, Greenwich, Connecticut
- Jeremiah Milbank, New York, New York
- C. W. Murchison III, Dallas, Texas
- W. Clement Stone, Lake Forest, Illinois.
Some notable members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America
- Denzel Washington
- Shaun White
- Jennifer Lopez
- Adam Sandler
- General Wesley Clark
- Misty Copeland
- Lee Corso
- John Paul DeJoria
- Cuba Gooding Jr.
- Earvin "Magic" Johnson
- Jackie Joyner-Kersee
- Sugar Ray Leonard
- Mario Lopez
- Edward James Olmos
- Shaquille O'Neal
- Smokey Robinson
- CC Sabathia
- Anthony Ervin
- Martin Sheen
- Courtney B. Vance
- Kerry Washington
- Natalie Gulbis
- Doris & Don Fisher
The goals set forth by the Boys & Girls Clubs of America
To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.
The Boys & Girls Club aspire to provide all young people with a safe place to learn and grow, and establish ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals by providing them with life enhancing programs and character development experiences.
The strategies implemented by the Boys & Girls Clubs of America
- Education and career programs:
These programs help youth create aspirations for the future, providing opportunities for career exploration and educational enhancement.
- Character and leadership programs:
Helping youth become responsible, caring citizens and acquire skills for participating in the democratic process is the main thrust of these programs. They also develop leadership skills and provide opportunities for planning, decision-making, contributing to Club and community and celebrating our national heritage.
- Health and life skills:
These initiatives develop young people’s capacity to engage in positive behaviors that nurture their own well-being, set personal goals and live successfully as self-sufficient adults.
- Community Garden-
- This program is made available for both Club members and their families. For the Club members, it is an outdoor classroom to instruct on gardening techniques, as well as, the harvesting and preserving of nutritious ingredients for the preparation of meals while at the Club. Secondly, the families can come to the garden and be trained in urban gardening that they can then replicate at home in container gardens or in another garden space made available locally for individual families.
- The arts programs:
Programs in this core area enable youth to develop their creativity and cultural awareness through knowledge and appreciation of the visual arts, crafts, performing arts and creative writing.
- Sports, fitness and recreation:
These Club programs help develop fitness, a positive use of leisure time, reduction of stress, appreciation for the environment and social and interpersonal skills.
- Specialized programs:
These initiatives focus on meeting the significant and specific needs identified within Boys & Girls Clubs. Their broad scope complements several or all of our core program areas.
Facts and figures
Information and statistics about the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
Unique characteristics of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America
- Clubs are community based and building centered.
- Clubs provide a safe affordable place for young people during non-school hours and summer vacation.
- Clubs are led by trained, paid youth-development professionals
Boys & Girls Clubs of America provide young people with:
- A safe learning environment.
- 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 and connections to new friends in a positive environment, reinforcing a sense of belonging, personal accountability, civility and civic responsibility.
- Generation-changing programs that support a commitment to learning, positive values, healthy habits and high expectations for success as an adult.
Boys & Girls Clubs of America serves some 4 million youth through club membership and community outreach.
3,954 chartered clubs facilities, which include:
- 1,265 in schools
- 356 BGCA-affiliated youth centers on U.S. military installations
- 316 in public housing
Age demographics of youth served:
- 5% are 5 years old and under
- 46% are 6–10 years old
- 20% are 11–12 years old
- 19% are 13–15 years old
- 10% are 16 and older
- 56% are male
- 44% are female
Ethnicity of youth served:
- Caucasian – 33%
- African-American - 30%
- Hispanic/Latino – 23%
- Multiracial – 8%
- Asian-Americans – 3%
- Native-American – 3%
Tracy Lawrence Benefit Concert
Country music star, Tracy Lawrence, performed May 31 at the Charleston Clay Center, in West Virginia's capital city. All proceeds from the ticket sales are to be given to the Club in Charleston and in Parkersburg. The Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music awards winner, has had his albums gone platinum, 18 number-one singles and has sold 13 million albums. He gave all of his time volunteering for this event, and he paid for local, Huntington native, Rick Huckaby, to join the concert as the first act.  Several Club Members had the opportunity to meet the star before his performance.
Steak & Burger Dinner
Boys & Girls Clubs across the nation hold annual Steak & Burger Dinners in order to raise funds for their organizations locally. Most will do so by inviting state university athletes to raise awareness and funds for the event. Contributors will pay for their meals of hamburgers, while Club members will have steak for dinner. Many Clubs have been putting on this benefit dinner for seventeen years. In Parkersburg, WV the Club raises around $35,000 annually which makes up about 10% of the annual budget/income for the organization. Usually, around a dozen football players from WVU will attend the event and various prizes will be donated to be raffled off that night.
- BCGA Connections brochure
- Charity Rating Guide and Watchdog Report 59, American Institute of Philanthropy, "Charity Watch", Dec 2011
- Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Boys & Girls Club Leadership University. "COREv2: History of the Boys & Girls Club."
- Facts and Figures. Retrieved June 3, 2013, from http://www.bgca.org/whoweare/Pages/FactsFigures.aspx
- Major League Baseball - Boys & Girls Clubs of America
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- Tower, Wayne. "Tracy Lawrence concert to aid Boys and Girls Clubs." Parkersburg News & Sentinel May 21, 2013. Retrieved, June 3, 2013, from http://www.newsandsentinel.com/page/content.detail/id/574283/Tracy-Lawrence-concert-to-aid-Boys-and-Girls-Clubs.html?nav=5066
- Poe, Dave. "WVU players set for Steak and Burger Dinner." Parkersburg News & Sentinel January 30, 2013. Retrieved June 3, 2013, from http://newsandsentinel.com/page/content.detail/id/570208/WVU-players-set-for-Steak-and-Burger-Dinner.html?nav=5063