• CPS - Boys and Girls

    Enabling Young People to Reach Their Full Potential

    The first Boys Club of America was formed in 1860 in Hartford, Connecticut, by three social-conscious women: Mary Goodwin, Alice Goodwin, and Elizabeth Hammersley. The new organization was created to help boys “who roamed the streets” find a positive alternative to crime and delinquency. For more than 150 years since, helping youth develop personal character has been an integral aspect of every Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) program or activity.

    Today BGCA focuses on enabling “all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.” For thousands of boys and girls across the country, Clubs provide a safe place to learn and grow, as well as a place for hope and opportunity. Kids have a chance to build valuable relationships with supportive adult professionals and take part in a wide variety of life-enriching programs.

    Some other cornerstone issues of the BGCA include education and career, health and life skills, the arts, sports and fitness, and recreation. BGCA also sponsors a number of specialized program initiatives.

    Every Member, Every Year

    The BGCA education campaign, “Every Member, Every Year,” helps Clubs partner with youth, parents, schools, and community members to implement at least one of three approaches: academic enrichment and school engagement; targeted dropout prevention; and intensive intervention and case management. The goal is to ensure that all members graduate from high school on time and are prepared for post-secondary education and a worthwhile career.

    BGCA’s health and life-skills initiatives help develop kids’ capacity to nurture their own well-being, set personal goals, and prepare to live successful adult lives. Arts, sports and fitness, and recreation programs promote the positive use of leisure time, reduce stress, build environmental awareness, and increase social and interpersonal skills.

    Special initiatives help meet significant and specific needs identified within BGCA. Programs dealing with family issues, gang prevention, diversity, tech literacy, and more, are all designed to complement one of more of BGCA core-program areas.

    BGCA’s work has been recognized by leading corporations nationwide. Many have partnered with Clubs to find innovative ways to help America's young people reach their full potential.

    For more information about BGCA, visit their website at www.bgca.org.

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