Boys & Girls Clubs of America

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Boys & Girls Clubs of United States
Boys Club logo created by Saul Bass from a national contest held in 1978.
Motto "To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens."
Formation 1861
Type Youth organization
Legal status Non-profit organization
Purpose "Club programs and services promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence."
Headquarters Atlanta, Georgia
Region served
United States
$1.805 Billion
Government $488 million
Donations $923 million
Other $395[1]
Flatbush Boys Club (now Madison Square Boys & Girls Club), Brooklyn, New York City, New York
Boys Club of New York, Lower East Side of Manhattan, New York City, New York
Boys & Girls Club, Jersey City, New Jersey
The building in Parkersburg, West Virginia in which the Boys & Girls Club resides

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.[2] BGCA is tax-exempt and partially funded by the federal government.[3]


The first Boys' Club was founded in 1860 in Hartford, Connecticut by three women, Elizabeth Hamersley and sisters Mary and Alice Goodwin.[4] 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.[5]

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.[6] Denzel Washington, a former club member, has been the spokesperson for Boys & Girls Clubs of America since 1993.

Reach and size[edit]

As of 2012, Boys & Girls Clubs of America served some 4 million youth through club membership and community outreach. There are 4,074 chartered Club facilities, including approximately: 1,400 in schools; 400 BGCA-affiliated youth centers on U.S. military installations; 300 in public housing and 200 on Native American lands.

Ages & Gender Ethnicity
  • 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
  • 55% are male
  • 45% are female
  • Caucasian – 31%
  • African-American – 29%
  • Hispanic/Latino – 23%
  • Multi-racial – 5%
  • Asian-American – 3%
  • American Indian or Alaska Native – 3%


Boys Clubs of America, 1956[edit]

These people came together in 1956 to create the Boys Clubs of America:[7]

Boys & Girls Clubs of America, 1990[edit]

In 1990, Boys Clubs of America was succeeded by Boys & Girls Clubs of America, which was founded by the following people:

Notable members[edit]

Some notable members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America[9]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Mad._Sq_AR_FINAL_reference.pdf" (PDF). Boys & Girls Clubs- Madison Square. 17 Mar 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-10-29. Retrieved 19 Apr 2014. 
  3. ^ "Home - Madison Square Boys & Girls Club" (PDF). Madison Square Boys & Girls Club. 17 Mar 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-07-06. Retrieved 19 Apr 2014. 
  4. ^ Kofi, Lomotey (2010). Encyclopedia of African-American Education. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 111. ISBN 9781412940504. 
  5. ^ Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Boys & Girls Club Leadership University. "COREv2: History of the Boys & Girls Club."
  6. ^ "MLB Community: Programs: Boys and Girls Clubs of America". MLB Advanced Media, L.P. 19 Jun 2012. Retrieved 19 Apr 2014. 
  7. ^ "Title 36 -- Patriotic Societies and Observances". US Congress. 11 May 1994. Retrieved 19 Apr 2014 – via 
  8. ^ "John L. Burns, 87, Former Head of Boys Club", The New York Times, retrieved September 1, 2015 
  9. ^ Great Futures Start Here. (n.d.). Retrieved June 3, 2013, from "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-11-24. Retrieved 2011-11-14. 
  10. ^ "Evander Holyfield". Alumni Hall of Fame. Boys & Girls Club of America. Archived from the original on 2014-12-30. Retrieved 2015-03-17. 

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