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Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Across America and on U.S. military installations around the globe. Great Futures Start Here.
Interests: To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.
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I recently completed a visit to the Boys & Girls Clubs in Edinburg Rio Grande Valley and Pharr, Texas, in the southernmost part of the country and near our nation’s border with Mexico. I found it rewarding and gratifying to see and hear about the tremendous progress each Club is... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2018 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
As a kid, there’s no sweeter sound than the last bell on the last day of school before summer break. But for a lot of low-income parents, that’s the sound of uncertainty as the essential resources provided by schools — supervision, safety, nutrition and learning opportunities — are suddenly lost... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2018 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
One of the best parts of my job is getting to connect resources with young people who need us most. But even better is getting to see those kids experience the joy and exhilaration those new possibilities and opportunities bring. Digital inclusion is a powerful force for good, one we’re... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2018 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
With the Fourth of July a day away, I’d like to pay tribute to the men and women of the U.S. Armed Services who serve and defend our nation, and the families who support them. Each year, I visit BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on domestic and overseas U.S. military installations. Recently,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2018 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
Thanks to our partners at The Coca-Cola Company and Anthem Foundation, we’re focusing on social and emotional skill development to empower youth with skills they need to live healthy and balanced lives. Last week, we hosted Triple Play Day at the Alfred E. Smith Recreation Center in New York City... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2018 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
This past week, I hosted leaders from 10 national youth-serving nonprofit organizations to talk about leveraging our collective strengths to promote the physical and emotional safety of youth. Following the tragedies in Parkland, Florida, and Santa Fe, Texas, I pledged to convene these leaders and work together more urgently to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2018 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
Hi everyone! I’m Arianna, a soon-to-be college student who wants to help teens become entrepreneurs and community leaders by focusing on their finances. That’s one of the reasons I was selected by Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Charles Schwab Foundation as 2018 National Money Matters Ambassadors. Visiting MLK... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2018 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
Today’s youth show promise as our future leaders, already serving as powerful catalysts for change on issues that are important to them. Adult allies can support youth voice through advocacy and by offering long-term assistance as young people work to be heard and respected for their steps toward change. At... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2018 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
By the time I graduated high school, I had been to nine different schools. You guessed it: I’m a military kid. My dad joined the Air Force before I was born and was deployed to Korea for a year just days before my 16th birthday. My story is not entirely... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2018 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
First Lady Barbara Bush, a dedicated public servant and Boys & Girls Clubs supporter, plays pool at the East Branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio in 1992 (image courtesy of San Antonio Express News) Clubs help to build the next generation of leaders by providing a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2018 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
“I learned that computers only do what you tell them to do. I thought computers were smart, but it is the people that are smart.” — Alsyiana G., Boys & Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne, Indiana I love that quote. So often, modern technology seems like it has all the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2018 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
The 2018 Winter Olympic Games aren’t the only place to catch a hockey game or figure skating competition. You could also visit the Berkshires Boys & Girls Club in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. With one of the few ice rinks in the area, the Club offers local children and teens several activities... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2018 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
This week in Washington, D.C, Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred and I had the opportunity to address the U.S. Conference of Mayors at its 86th Winter Meeting. The Conference is a major supporter of MLB’s “Play Ball” initiative, which encourages children and teens to get outside and play baseball... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2018 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is not just a day off, but also a day on. Last Monday, Boys & Girls Clubs around the country celebrated Dr. King and his values by giving back to communities in many different ways. It was an important day for me and some friends,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2018 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
In today’s digital world, new technologies and social-sharing platforms abound. Studies show that more than 90 percent of youth, especially teens, engage in some sort of social media activity daily. Now, Boys & Girls Clubs join this virtual space with a dynamic digital experience that’s more powerful than that of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2017 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
Last week, I had the honor to attend the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Holyoke's 125th anniversary celebration. They are one of the original 53 Boys Clubs to band together in 1892 to form our national organization. It was a tremendously inspiring and emotional evening that illustrated the progress... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2017 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
The series of natural disasters we’ve seen the past two months is like nothing I can recall. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria destroyed or damaged hundreds of communities, particularly in Puerto Rico, Florida and Texas. The devastation in each of these communities continues to affect many, many people. And that... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2017 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
By Kevin Hattery, President and CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston As you know, it’s been a rough couple of weeks for everyone in Houston and surrounding communities. But it's children who are always the most vulnerable in situations like this. That’s why it was critical to get... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2017 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
Southeast Texas continues to assess the massive destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey and its unprecedented rainfall and floods. That includes at least three Houston-area Boys & Girls Clubs that suffered major structural harm:roofs blown off, severe wind and water damage, basic equipment and supplies lost. Volunteers from Atlanta hard at... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2017 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
Boys & Girls Clubs have often been a place for kids and teens to find comfort and guidance in a safe, welcoming space. Since last weekend’s horrific events in Charlottesville, Virginia, thousands of youth development professionals have talked with Club kids and teens about what happened – giving young people... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2017 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
To work at one place for 20 years is rare these days, and a heck of an accomplishment. Those who reach that milestone must be a pretty special person … and work at a pretty special place. CEO Kelly Pearson and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui in Hawaii... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2017 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
The 2017 Major League All Star Game was a huge hit for Boys & Girls Clubs in South Florida. Celebrating our 21st year as the official charity of Major League Baseball, the All-Star festivities brought new and exciting opportunities to our local Clubs and their members. To start the exciting... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2017 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
On a recent stop in Santa Barbara with CEO Mike Baker and the United Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara County team, we spent time at two Club sites. What was really awesome was taking part in a ceremony that rewarded members for their attendance. To start the year,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2017 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
Last week, I visited two great BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers in Virginia: Naval Air Station Oceana in Norfolk, and JEB Little Creek – Fort Story in Virginia Beach. They work hard to create deeper engagement with military-connected youth, both on- and off-installation. Terrill McFarland, our National Vice President, Military & Outreach... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2017 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
While fans and players prepare for another incredible baseball season, today was a grand slam day for Boys & Girls Clubs as Major League Baseball (MLB) Commissioner Rob Manfred joined me at two Club renovations in greater Los Angeles to celebrate the upcoming finals of the World Baseball Classic. 2017... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2017 at The Boys & Girls Club Story