Boys & Girls Clubs are safe places where kids and teens can learn and grow while having fun. We provide programs from the Boys and Girls Club of America that help young people develop as citizens by instilling:

  • a sense of belonging - where they fit in and are accepted
  • a sense of usefulness - where they can perform service to others
  • a sense of influence - where they are heard and help to make decisions
  • a sense of competence - where they find things they can do well

The Boys & Girls Clubs of America have been around in one form or another since 1906. The organization's name was officially changed in 1990 to reflect our commitment to girls as well as boys. Over 4.8 million young people are served at 4,300 Clubs in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and on U.S. military bases around the world.


2006 marked the Centennial year of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, as we celebrated 100 years of providing hope and opportunity to young people across the country.
— Boys and Girls Club of America

Boys and girls club of America history highlights

  • In 1906, several Boys Clubs decided to affiliate. The Federated Boys Clubs in Boston was formed with 53 member organizations – this marked the start of a nationwide Movement and our national organization.
  • In 1931, the Boys Club Federation of America became Boys Clubs of America.
  • In 1956, Boys Clubs of America celebrated its 50th anniversary and received a U.S. Congressional Charter.
  • To recognize the fact that girls are a part of our cause, the national organization's name was changed to Boys & Girls Clubs of America in 1990. Accordingly, Congress amended and renewed our charter.