The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Big Bend is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that serves the needs of thousands of children and teenagers in the Big Bend area. The programs we implement to fulfill our mission help us work toward our number one goal, which is for every single one of our members to graduate high school on time with a plan for his or her future. We recognize that high school graduation starts in Kindergarten, so we work equally with Club members of all ages to ensure they are being promoted to the next grade in school year after year.
We provide a positive and safe environment and a compelling alternative to drugs, crime and gang involvement. Children and teenagers across the Big Bend area are able to take advantage of our youth development programs. We never turn a child away because of past trouble with the law or because of a family’s inability to pay; we have limited scholarship opportunities, provided on a first-come first-serve basis, that allow families with restricted incomes to benefit from our programs.
With over 1000 registered members, we impact hundreds of lives every day after school, all day on school holidays and all day, Monday through Friday, during the summer. Our youth development programs have five core focus areas:
- Career and Academics
- Healthy Living
- Career Development
- The Arts
Sports, Fitness and Recreation
Through these programs, we help the youth in our community reach their full potential by allowing them to have opportunities and experiences they would not otherwise have. Our programs include homework help, technology instruction, education about healthy habits, art, dance and music classes, and more – everything possible to allow our members to experience all that childhood has to offer.
Many members first walk through our doors with a feeling that their futures are completely laid out for them; however, we remove that feeling through staff and volunteers, who act as mentors and who let our members know that they can become whatever they desire. We know that every single one of our members, no matter what their family life or upbringing is, has the potential to have a Great Future. We provide a safe and positive place for the youth in our community to grow and develop into “productive, caring and responsible citizens.” Our members are encouraged to follow their passions, so they can truly Be Great!
We are creating Great Futures, not only for our members, but for our community as a whole. As our members grow into adults, they will become our community leaders and will be better able to make key decisions because of their upbringing in the Boys & Girls Clubs.
You can Make a Difference by joining us in our efforts in creating Great Futures by setting up a monthly investment or by making a one-time contribution.