Safe Places Are Our Foundation

Since the very first Club opened in 1860 with the purpose of giving local kids a safe place to go, safety has been the No. 1 priority of Boys & Girls Clubs. 

After all, safety is where it all begins. Our data shows that environments that are safe, positive and inclusive are essential for young people’s development. When kids feel safe, they’re empowered to learn, connect with their peers and explore their interests. At Boys & Girls Clubs, kids and teens can rely on a safe, consistent and welcoming environment where they can focus on what’s most important – being a kid.

The landscape of youth safety has drastically changed in our 160+ year history. From public health crises like the COVID-19 pandemic to the Internet’s impact on bullying and self-esteem, kids face new threats to their stability and well-being each day. 

To meet the evolving safety needs of kids, families and communities, Boys & Girls Clubs of America works continuously to enhance safety policies, practices and trainings to ensure youth are safe and protected. Providing safe spaces for youth is our No. 1 job.

90% of Club members say they could go to staff for help in a crisis.

89% of Club members say they can talk to an adult at the Club if they have a problem.

According to BGCA NYOI data

Our Stories

Safety During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Throughout an ever-evolving pandemic, Clubs continue to do whatever it takes to adapt their services to meet the needs of kids right now. Read More →

Putting a Stop to Bullying

Kofi Kingston is speaking to young people in schools and Boys & Girls Clubs about how they can show tolerance and respect in their everyday lives. Read More →

Growing Up in a Multigenerational Boys & Girls Club Family

Learn how this family is deeply rooted in their Club – and how the Club brings safety, fun, a deep respect for inclusion, and unwavering support to three generations. Read More →

I cannot speak highly enough about the Boys & Girls Club. We have been with the Club for almost 5 years now. The teachers and aides have all been phenomenal. The curriculum really helps prep the kids for kindergarten. My husband and I have always felt that our kids were safe and well taken care of.”

— Carly M. - Parent