Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County
To enable all youth, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens.
To provide a world class Club experience that assures that success is within reach of every young person who walks through our doors, with all members on track to graduate from high school with a plan for the future, demonstrating good character & citizenship and living a healthy lifestyle.
WHAT THEY DO
Since 1965, Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County has been unwavering in our commitment to the well-being of children and their preparation for future success; providing girls and boys with diverse after-school and summer activities that meet their interests and developmental needs. Clubs are guidance-oriented in order to help young people develop a system of values related to family, community and country and to make appropriate and satisfying choices in all aspects of their lives. This commitment has guided them in equipping their youth for success through three strategic programming areas: academic success, good character & citizenship and healthy lifestyles.
A Boys & Girls Club provides
- A safe place to learn and grow
- Ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals
- Life-enhancing programs and character development experiences
- Hope and opportunity
In 1965, a committee of five community members came together to found the Boys Club of Broward to serve boys in underserved communities in the Ft. Lauderdale area. During the first two years, utilizing abandoned Church locations, the doors were opened at two Clubs, which are now known as the Lester H. White and Nan Knox Units. Having a significant impact on decreasing vandalism claims and juvenile arrest rates in the communities where they were located, the demand for Clubs grew over the next 20 years and 7 more Clubs were opened in neighborhoods across Broward County.
In 1990, when it became evident that girls were just as in need as boys of a safe, nurturing, out-of-school time facility, the Board agreed to modify existing Clubs, hire additional staff, and expand programming to become the all-embracing Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County (BGCBC) that exists today.
With the addition of 2 new Clubs in the late 1990's and the chartering of a Club solely for teens members, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County is now made up of 12 chartered Clubs with a membership of over 12,500 youth. Supported by many of the most prominent members of our community, BGCBC is proud to be the 5th largest Club in the nation.See more