Description: The mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis (BGCSTL) is to inspire and enable youth ages 6 to 18 to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis envisions a future in which success is within reach of every child in the St. Louis region, empowering themselves and influencing future generations toward making a difference for themselves, their community and the global community. Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis is proud to be a part of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, a 151 year old national movement that serves 4.2 million youth with 51,000 trained professional staff members at some 4,000 clubs in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and military bases around the world. Originally formed in 1860 in Hartford, CT, by a group of women as a positive alternative to the streets for boys, it became an affiliated organization in 1906 in Boston, MA when 53 clubs joined to become the Federated Boys Club. Having become the Boys Club of America in 1931 and was chartered by the United States Congress in 1956. The national organization officially became the Boys & Girls Clubs of America in 1991.
Since 1967, BGCSTL has been providing a safe place for children to learn and grow. The Club now serves over 5,700 kids, including over 3,400 registered Club members at five sites and within several other schools in the St. Louis region. The Club is open during hours that kids are most likely to need a safe place to go — after school and during summer.
We serve kids in more than 90 zip codes, and our average daily attendance is over 450 youth. 36 board members, 95 full- and part-time staff members, and 750 volunteers work diligently to create, implement and sustain programming that nurtures the growth and self-esteem of members. Volunteers donate roughly 30,000 hours of their time annually.
Nearly all of the youth we serve are growing up in single-parent households and are considered low-income. Club members often face multiple challenges, such as lack of income for basic needs, dilapidated housing, family instability, and exposure to violence and drug use. To meet those challenges, BGCSTL offers high quality, comprehensive programs which address the wide range of risks faced and skills needed by youth.
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