Empower girls to change their communities

All girls deserve every chance to become the best version of themselves. Boys & Girls Clubs empower young girls with skills and opportunities to build strong, confident leaders. We know that positive mentors and experiences that shape self-confidence in youth can create a step change, that could impact the next generation. On March 8th, International Women’s Day, and throughout the year, we support great futures for all young women.

News & Stories

Teens Create Podcast

Teens at Mid-Peninsula Boys & Girls Club in California launched a podcast during free time brought by the pandemic.

Girls in STEM Careers

Workforce readiness gives tips for motivating, inspiring and preparing girls to pursue STEM.

Whatever It Takes

Recognizing the importance in continuing to show young girls around the country their limitless potential.

Energizing Girls to Lead

Four ways you can encourage young women to change the world.

Following Her Dreams

Yaret emigrated from Mexico 12 years ago and is now pursuing a college education.

Girls Need STEM

How BGCA and Microsoft are helping girls and young women pursue STEM success.

See Why LGBTQ Initiative Matters to Boys & Girls Clubs

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Billy Mann of Boys & Girls Clubs of Toledo discusses the importance of the LGBTQ project to his organization and to all Club kids.

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Boys & Girls Clubs leaders discuss why creating inclusive environments for LGBTQ youth and all youth is core to BGCA’s mission.

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Hear stories from the youth at Boys & Girls Clubs of Fox Valley on their creation of a Gay Straight alliance to support their LGBTQ youth and allies.

Here’s why Pride Month matters to me.

Today, as the voice of more than 4.3 million young people, it’s my responsibility to be honest and transparent about my identity, my leadership journey, and my commitment to advocating for the needs of LGBTQIA+ youth. Read more»

- Carlos P., 2017-18 National Youth of the Year

I Shared Who I Was

Despite labels and status, young people respond to confident and self-assured adults. I am open my life. When I first started at my Club, I prepared an “About Me” presentation. This presentation showed pictures of my hometown, my hobbies, my family, my partner, and my partner’s family. I never felt obligated to shy away from what might make a member uncomfortable. Instead, I shared who I was and was prepared to address feelings of discomfort and curiosity.

- Lacey Salas, Unit Director, Columbus Boys & Girls Club

I Can Really Be Who I Am

I can come here and really be who I am.  At home there’s always a filter but here there isn’t. People here are more accepting than where I typically am for most of my day. From my perspective it seems that it’s the only accepting place.

- Casper, BGC Wisconsin

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