To enable all young people,
especially those who need us most,
to reach their full potential
as productive, responsible, and caring citizens.
Boys & Girls Clubs of America had its beginnings in 1860 when several women in Hartford, Connecticut opened their homes to give boys a positive place to be at the beginning of the civil war — a cause was born.
In 1906, several Boys Clubs decided to affiliate. The Federated Boys Clubs in Boston was formed with 53 member organizations, marking the start of a nationwide movement.
In 1931, the Boys Club Federation of America became Boys Clubs of America.
To recognize the fact that girls have long been a part of our cause, the national organization’s name was officially changed to Boys & Girls Clubs of America in 1990.
Boys & Girls Clubs of America marked its centennial year in 2006, celebrating 100 years of providing hope and opportunity to young people across the country.
Our board is essential to our success. The leadership and support provided by these individuals enable us to fulfill our mission each year. The board serves as the governing body for the organization, offering guidance in policy adoption, finance, legal and insurance, building and property, human resources, marketing, operating fund raising, and capital fund raising.
Kids may walk through our doors for the fun we offer, but we do far more than just entertain these youngsters. Our nationally recognized programs and activities impact children in three essential ways:
- Academic success—Improving grades, reducing high school drop-out rates, and teaching kids to see themselves as learners.
- Good character and citizenship—Encouraging community service, reducing juvenile crime rates, and instilling an attitude of engagement.
- Healthy lifestyles—Teaching healthy behaviors, reducing drug use and childhood obesity, and fostering a positive self-image.
Our Club provides programs that are tailored to the needs of our members. From Power Hour, Keystone Club, SMART Girls to ClubTech, our Club offers a wide range of opportunities for youth. Please contact us to find out more about the programs currently offered.
Throughout the Club, dedicated and fully trained staff work in support of developing the young people of our community. Each member of our diverse and respected team is encouraged to advance professionally in their respective arena of influence. Guidance is provided through orientations, development trainings, regular staff meetings, and direct peer-to-peer mentoring/coaching.
Those interested in an open position are encouraged to submit a resume and cover letter to the Club. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Parkersburg is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Once a Boys & Girls Club kid—always a Boys & Girls Club kid!
If you’re a former Boys & Girls Club member, you’re in good company…Denzel Washington, Howard Schultz, Bill Cosby, Michael Jordan, Brad Pitt, President Clinton, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, and Neil Diamond are among the ranks of Club alumni that credit the Club with helping to shape their lives. We’d love to hear your stories from the Club.
Please contact us and let us know you’re a former Club kid and join other alumni on Facebook.