Four key characteristics define the essence of a Boys & Girls Club. All are critical in exerting positive impact on the life of a child:
1. Dedicated Youth Facility
The Boys & Girls Club is a place – an actual neighborhood-based building – designed solely for youth programs and activities.
2. Open six days a week
The Club is open every day after school and on Saturdays, when kids have free time and need positive, productive outlets.
3. Professional staff
Every Club has full-time, trained youth development professionals, providing positive role models and mentors. Volunteers provide key supplementary support.
4. Available & affordable to Youth (ages 6–18)
Clubs reach out to kids who cannot afford, or may lack access to, other community programs. Dues are only $11 per year. ($50 during summer months)