BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF the long beach peninsula mission
To inspire & enable all youth 1st grade through high school graduation to realize their full potential as productive, responsible & caring citizens through the development of a positive self-image & self-reliance.
The Boys & Girls Club of the Long Beach Peninsula opened in November 2008 to provide a safe, reliable, positive, and fun place for kids to go after school. Club programs and services promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence.
Because Boys & Girls Clubs are affordable to all youth - membership is $25 a year - we rely on the community for funding. Clubs are funded by individual and corporate donations, special events, and grants. What could be more important than ensuring our youth are safe and learning positive values? The Boys & Girls Club of the Long Beach Peninsula is a that safe place for kids to learn, grow, build friendships, and having fun!
History of Boys & Girls Clubs of America
The Boys and Girls Club Movement began in the United States during the Civil War. Its inception is traced to Hartford, Connecticut with the formation of the Dashaway Club to serve needy boys in the community. Boys & Girls Clubs of America had its beginnings in 1860 when several women, believing that boys who roamed the streets should have a positive alternative, organized the first Club. A cause was born. The idea spread to other areas of the country and more Clubs were formed. The first Club to use “Boys Club” in its official title was the Boys Club of New York in 1876. At this time, the Clubs served only boys.
In 1906, the existing 50 Clubs joined together to form a national organization known as the Boys Club of America. The Federated Boys Clubs in Boston was formed with 53 member organizations.
In 1956, Boys Clubs of America celebrated its 50th anniversary and President Eisenhower gave the national organization a Congressional Charter – a rare honor bestowed on only a few non-profit organizations in our country’s history.
In response to a growing need, the Boys Clubs began to also serve girls. In 1990, the national organization officially changed its name to Boys and Girls Clubs of America. Today there are over 4,000 Clubs in the United States serving over 4,000,000 members. There are similar organizations in Germany, Australia, Canada, and many other countries around the world