The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Baton Rouge was established thirty years ago to provide out-of-school-time programs for members. Annually, we serve nearly 10,000 young people through afterschool, summer, youth legislature, and violence prevention programs. While afterschool and summer programs are the foundation of a traditional Boys & Girls Club experience, our Club offers dynamic opportunities to promote the healthy lifestyles and academic success of members. All Boys & Girls Club programs focus on giving youth a fun, safe, environment to develop the skills needed to achieve great futures!

MISSION:
To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.
OUR GOAL IS SIMPLE:

We want every Boys & Girls Club member to advance to the next grade level every year and graduate from high school on time, prepared with the attitude, knowledge and confidence to succeed and achieve.

YOUTH WE SERVE:

We serve school-age youth, 6-18 years old, who need us most. Many Club members attend some of the lowest performing schools in East Baton Rouge Parish and live in  neighborhoods with high crime. More than 90 percent of Club members qualify for free and reduced lunch—one indicator of poverty. We believe that all young people, no matter their circumstances, deserve the opportunity to succeed in life.

FOCUS:

We have made high school graduation a priority for Club members. To ensure that youth leave the Clubs as well-rounded individuals with a plan for the future, we implement intentional and structured activities that impact three key outcomes for our members. Academic Success Citizenship & Character, Healthy Lifestyles.

CORE BELIEFS:

We want to offer youth in our community…(1) A safe place to learn and grow.(2) Ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals. (3) Life-enhancing programs and character development experiences. (4) Hope and opportunity.

HISTORY:

The planning for the first Baton Rouge Boys Club began in 1980 by a group of passionate, local citizens. Together, they adopted bylaws and filed articles of incorporation. In the next year, the first Club opened its doors to young boys who needed a positive place to spend their free time. Housed in an old storage fire station on Winbourne Avenue in North Baton Rouge, the Club was far from luxurious, but boys instantly saw it as a good place to spend their time. On March 8, 1991, the Boys Club became the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Baton Rouge. In the two decades to follow, the organization has grown to serve the needs of a rapidly growing community. The Club welcomed the Youth Legislature and Get Real About Violence programs to the family in 2009. Today, the Club operates in nearly eleven school sites throughout the year and remains focused on helping young people in the Baton Rouge area achieve success while impacting young minds that will positively contribute to our community in the future.

 

 





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