Melanie Amaro (Season 1, X Factor winner)... Jacinta Monroe (WNBA Player)... Brad Pitt (Actor)... Michael Jordan (NBA Star)... President Bill Clinton... Jackie Joyner-Kersee (Track Star)... Martin Sheen (Actor)... Derek Jeter (MLB Star)... Neil Diamond (Singer/Songwriter)... Denzel Washington Actor).
What do all of these people, and millions more throughout America, have in common? They are all alumni of Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
While many Club alumni have achieved particular distinction in fields such as entertainment, business, politics and sports, the average alumnus is not famous. Most have achieved success by getting an education, raising a family, serving their country, pursuing a career or supporting the community.
Millions have benefited from belonging to a Boys & Girls Clubs since the first Club opened its doors in 1860.
It's a tough time to be a kid. There are pressures of peers, drugs, gangs, broken homes and overcrowding and the disadvantaged circumstances of poor education, low income, unemployment, poor homes where love and attention are lacking. At the Boys & Girls Clubs, there is a place a child can go to get away. Away from those pressures and temptations. A place for some fun and companionship or just to hang out. And more often than not, once a child becomes a member, their life is positively changed forever.
The purpose is to help young people ages 6-18 improve their lives by building self-esteem and developing values and skills during their critical period of growth. Youth Services and programs provided focus on everything from education, social recreation, health and physical education, to leadership and citizenship development, cultural enrichment, and personal adjustment with one-on-one counseling. The mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs is to enable all young people especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.