Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington’s (BGCGW) 14 sites—covering a territory of 75 miles that stretches from Manassas to Germantown—serve as safe havens for our members. The clubs are open when schools are not, and provide a safe, comfortable, and fun alternative to youth who would otherwise be home alone or on the street. Over 1,200 youth attend the Clubs for activities every day, to see their friends, and to spend time with positive and encouraging adults. Clubs are open after school on weekdays. Some have Saturday hours, and many offer full days during school holidays and summers. Clubs welcome every child, adolescent, or teenager for a nominal annual membership fee, but will not turn any child away for inability to pay.
We serve the region’s kids and teens through our Formula for Impact, an adopted strategy created by our National Headquarters and serves as a roadmap for Clubs to help ensure that members achieve our priority outcomes of Academic Success, Good Character and Citizenship, and Healthy Lifestyles.
It represents the five key elements for positive youth development:
1. A safe, positive environment
3. Supportive relationships
4. Opportunities and expectations
It also incorporates high-yield learning activities, targeted programs and regular attendance. At all of our BGCGW sites we incorporate this model to achieve success.