Advocating for America’s Youth

Every kid in America deserves access and opportunities that support them in reaching their full potential. But all too often, kids face systemic barriers to their success.

Our advocacy ensures youth voices are heard in their local communities and at the state and federal level as we champion policies and solutions that will have the greatest impact on the youth of this country. Boys & Girls Clubs of America is committed to bringing Club kids and staff to the table to ensure safety, digital access, meals and more are priorities at the state and national level.

And along the way, we show kids and teens how to become their own change agents and advocates. We help kids elevate their voices on the issues that matter most to them. We show them that their opinions, feelings and perspectives matter. They stand up and speak out – and the world is taking notice.

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89% of Club members say they can stand up for what’s right, even if their friends disagree.

According to BGCA youth outcome data

Our Stories

Hope to Homeless

Helping Serenity serve more homeless people in Central Florida. Read More →

Issues Impacting Native Youth

Clubs meet with Congress to discuss the needs of Native young people. Read More →

What Is Self-Advocacy?

How to support the young person in your life in representing themselves, their views and interests by becoming a self-advocate. Read More →