To inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.

Youth Development Strategy

The philosophy underlying Boys & Girls Club programming is our Youth Development Strategy. This strategy defines how our Youth Development Professionals and volunteers interact with young people. All programs and activities are designed to maximize opportunities for young people to acquire four basic “senses” which help them build self-esteem and grow into responsible and caring citizens. These four “senses” are:

1. A Sence of Competence – the feeling that there is something that both boys and girls can do well.

2. A Sense of Usefulness – the opportunity to do something of value for other people.

3. A Sense of Belonging – a setting where young people know they fit in and are accepted.

4. A Sense of Power or Influence – a chance to be heard and to influence decisions.