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Our History

The Boys & Girls Club of Richland County is proud to be a part of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, a 151 year old national movement that serves 4.2 million youth with 51,000 trained professional staff members at some 4,000 clubs in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and military bases around the world. Originally formed in 1860 in Hartford, CT by a group of women as a positive alternative to the streets for boys. It became and affiliated organization in 1906 in Boston, MA when 53 clubs joined to become the Federated Boys Club. Having become the Boys Club of America in 1931 and was chartered by the United States Congress in 1956. The national organization officially became the Boys & Girls Clubs of America in 1991.

 a club without a home

Having relocated within Central Grade School a couple of times since 2005 the Club is actively campaigning to raise funds for a new building to house the kids, staff, and programming activities!   

The Club currently serves about 160 students and has been showing growth each year. We have had to limit the number of children and families it serves due to the limited space at Central School. The Club strives to provide for as many youth as possible, a goal that has been difficult in achieving due to the limited classroom space at Central. Currently we are in the middle of the "Great Futures Start Here Capital Campaign", a community effort to build a Clubhouse for our kids.  
 
Membership is open to all youth in Richland County for nominal annual membership dues of $75 ($125 for a family membership) but no child is turned away due to inability to pay. Fees for the after school program and activities are $10 per week ($5 for additional children). 

Of our Club members, 10.5% come from single/grand parent families;and 9.5% of kids participate in the free lunch program at school.

Formula for Impact

In 2011, BGCRC adopted the national movement's "Formula for Impact" to ensure that "Great Futures Start Here"! The Formula for Impact is young people who need us the most - plus an outcome-driven club experience which includes the five key elements: 
  1. 1.  A safe, positive environment!
  2. 2. Fun!
  3. 3. Supportive relationships! 
  4. 4. Opportunities and expectations!  
  5. 5. Recognition! 
Which equals our priority outcomes of:  academic success, good character & citizenship, and healthy lifestyles.
 
The programs offered are within five core values that include Character & Leadership Development, Education & Career Development, Health & Life Skills, The Arts, Sports, Fitness & Recreation. These core programs are supplemented by mentoring (adult and peer), substance abuse prevention and technology training. Counseling and referral services are also available on a needed basis. At the Club the children are surrounded by concerned and caring staff and volunteers who inspire and enable them to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. 
 
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