The 13 Boys & Girls Clubs and three extension sites throughout Palm Beach County serve more than 6,000 children ages 6-18, 55% boys and 45% girls. More than 1800 youth participate in club activities each day Members pay dues of just $30 per year. The vast majority of our membership is served by no other youth development organization. 88 cents out of every dollar invested goes directly to programs for children. 78% of members would be taking care of themselves if not enrolled in the Boys & Girls Clubs.
Founded in 1971, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County is a not-for profit youth development organization dedicated to promoting the educational, vocational, health leadership and character of boys and girls in a safe, nurturing environment. The Clubs provide more than a safe, fun and constructive alternative to being home alone – they offer a variety of award-winning developmental programs to help youth build skills, self-esteem and values during critical periods of growth.
A Vision for the Next Generation
Relying on the dedication of our personnel, both paid and volunteer, and the efficient use of facilities, the Boys & Girls Clubs provide quality programs with a special emphasis on disadvantaged youth regardless of race, creed or socioeconomic background. To achieve this vision, the organization works to strengthen its diversity by actively involving local communities and other youth service agencies in providing needed services to youth.
Listed below are some of the reasons Clubs make an invaluable impact on the lives of children in our community:
It is open to all children – Young people are welcomed regardless of gender, ethnicity, race, religion, sexual orientation or socioeconomic background.
It fosters a sense of belonging – Children have a club of their own, where they can feel safe and accepted.
It is there for kids when they need it – Clubs are open during the critical times when youth are not in school – after school, summer, spring and winter holidays and school breaks.
It has a trained, professional staff – Adult leaders serve as positive role models, guiding youth toward positive values and life choices.
It offers a varied program curriculum – Programmatic diversity addresses the total child. Programs focus on education and career development; health and life skills; the arts; sports, fitness and recreation, character and leadership development, and technology.
It makes a difference – In a recent survey*, 80% of Club alumni felt good about knowing right from wrong and 79% said the Boys & Girls Clubs inspired self-confidence. * Louis Harris & Associates