In 1906, the first 53 Clubs banded together to establish a national organization, now known as Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Ever since then, the national organization and local Boys & Girls Clubs have worked together on behalf of America’s youth.
Through its Atlanta headquarters, regional service centers and Government Relations office in Washington, D.C., BGCA provides assistance and support to Clubs in youth program development, board and staff development, organizational planning, resource development, marketing and communications, and administration and management. Key functions include:
- Assisting Clubs with outcome-based program planning and evaluation
- Providing comprehensive child safety resources to protect youth and position Boys & Girls Clubs as catalysts for child protection
- Helping community leaders establish new Clubs and expand existing ones
- Providing training experiences, management consultations and resources for staff development, volunteer recruitment, marketing, fundraising, compensation and benefits administration
- Promoting greater public awareness about the Clubs’ mission and impact
- Addressing legislative and public policy issues affecting young people and the volunteer sector