Region: Prince William County
Prince William County Region: Overview
The Prince William County / Manassas Boys & Girls Clubs are part of the Virginia Region of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington. The Virginia Region consists of six Clubs in three sub-regions serving Fairfax County, the City of Alexandria, and Prince William County / Manassas.
Each of the three sub-regions is supported by their own regional Board of Directors, as well as by the Regional Vice President and Director of Operations. Each Club has their own Branch Director. Every Club in our region has their own unique personality and serves a diverse group of children. Our Clubs often collaborate to offer expanded services that each individual Club would be challenged to provide on their own. Our goal is to be the number one youth serving organization in Northern Virginia.
Our Clubs provide youth with hope and opportunity and help to open the door to a GREAT FUTURE.
The mission of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington is to help boys and girls of all backgrounds, especially those who need us most, build confidence, develop character and acquire the skills needed to become productive, civic-minded, responsible adults.
The Prince William County / Manassas Boys & Girls Clubs have been serving the Greater Prince William County region since 1967. First chartered as Boys & Girls Club of Prince William County, the Club located in the basement of a 7-11 and later a small shop on Occoquan Road. During those early days, the Club was only able to offer limited programming consisting primarily of recreation, education and character development programs.
In 1980, the Club moved to a new location on Smoketown Road. The new site was able to accommodate all of the program needs of the Boys & Girls Club including athletics and there was a plan to add a pool at a later date. However, in the late 1980s, the County of Prince William took over the property to make way for the Prince William County Parkway. The original facility was moved and is now used by the County at the landfill.
Due to a generous land partnership with the County and funding and land from the Hylton Foundation, the Club was relocated to Dale Boulevard, where it now stands as the Hylton Boys & Girls Club.
In 1997, the Prince William County Boys & Girls Clubs expanded to include the General Heiser Club in Dumfries. This is housed in a facility that used to be an American Legion hall. The Hylton Foundation also provided funds to help pay off the mortgage and to renovate the Club.
The final expansion of the Clubs came when the Manassas Boys & Girls Club opened in 2005. The region became known as the Prince William County / Manassas Boys & Girls Clubs to represent the municipalities that it serves.
Today, the Clubs serve nearly 4,000 youth through membership and community outreach. They serve youth that come from all over the Greater Prince William area including Gainesville, Haymarket, Bristow and parts of Stafford County.