Clubs are located in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands and on U.S. military bases around the world
There are more than 50,000 trained professional staff
57 percent of alumni said the Club saved their life
60 percent said the Club was the only safe place to go in their neighborhood after school
85 percent said adult Club staff made a difference in their knowing right from wrong
90 percent said the Club was one of the best things available to them in their community
Personal Impact Stories
“Boys Club, that is where I looked for hope and purpose and direction. That’s where I learned to dream-to think big.” (Excerpt from Denzel Washington´s, A Hand to Guide Me). BE GREAT!
Nicknamed the “Princess of Hip Hop,” Ashanti’s first performance on stage was at the Glen Clove Boys & Girls Club. Her 2002 debut album, Ashanti, landed at the #1 spot on both the Billboard Top 200 and R&B album charts and received a Grammy for best contemporary R&B album. BE AMAZING!
General Wesley Clark
It is easy to get in trouble if you don’t have the right place to go. So, Wesley Clark went to the Boys & Girls Club. While at the Club Wesley found two mentors who had a profound impact on his life. Wesley went on to graduate first in his class from West Point, to earn a Rhodes scholarship and an Oxford degree. In the Army, he rose to four-star general and NATO Supreme Allied Commander in Europe. He still attributes much of his success to life lessons learned at the Club. BE BRAVE!
Usher Raymond IV
“Growing up in the Club, I had the chance to experience a lot of positive things; it helped reinforce the values I learned at home including good character, leadership and giving back to my community, my country and my world,” said Usher. “It is where I developed my love of singing and performing, received help with my homework, and it’s where I found a safe place to go after school.” BE ICONIC!
Six-time Olympian track and field star, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, grew up in a tough neighborhood. Jackie could have taken the wrong path in life but instead she chose to go for the gold because she had a Boys & Girls Club to keep her focused on her dreams and potential. BE GOLD!