Since 1997, Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbia has been providing a safe place for children to learn and grow. BGCC now serves nearly 700 kids, and has expanded to three locations throughout Columbia. Our membership fee structure allows any child the opportunity to join. The Club is open during hours that kids are most likely to need a safe place to go – after school and during summer. Nationally recognized programs led by professional staff are targeted to inspire and enable youth to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.
The Club is a chartered member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), which has 4,000 chartered locations that serve nearly 4 million youth annually. In 2012, The Chronicle of Philanthropy ranked BGCA as the nation’s top youth organization for the 19th consecutive year and 18th among all non-profit organizations. BGCC is part of a proud tradition of service to our nations’ youth that promotes character and leadership, community and civic involvement, and safety and well-being.
As BGCC entered the second year of the National Youth Outcomes Initiative (NYOI) implementation, our measurement efforts retain their laser focus on how well our Clubs implement the Formula for Impact and how much our young people are achieving as a result. Our team of youth development professionals is in a continuous, collective learning mode, using the data to influence planning and operational decisions and to make improvements to programs and services.