Young people thrive when they feel a sense of belonging.
Boys & Girls Clubs are committed to ensuring equity and inclusion for all young people.
Our Clubs work to offer a safe, positive environment for youth, staff and families of all sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions. It's part of our broader mission to ensure every young person has access to quality out-of-school time opportunities where they are physically and emotionally safe and build healthy habits and the skills they need on their path to a great future.
4 in 10 LGBTQ+ youth (42%) say the community in which they live is not accepting of LGBTQ+ people.
59% of LGBTQ+ students felt unsafe at school because of their sexual orientation.
One accepting adult can reduce the risk of a suicide attempt by 40% in LGBTQ+ youth.
“I can come here and really be who I am. At home there’s always a filter but here there isn’t. People here are more accepting than where I typically am for most of my day. From my perspective it seems that it’s the only accepting place.”
- Casper, BGC Wisconsin
We believe every kid has what it takes. The mission and core beliefs of Boys & Girls Clubs fuel our commitment to promoting safe, positive and inclusive environments for all. Boys & Girls Clubs of America supports all youth and teens – of every race, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, ability, socio-economic status, and religion – in reaching their full potential.
Monday–Friday: *10:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
*Breakfast will be served from 10:30–11:00 a.m.
Monday–Friday: 3:00–7:00 p.m.
Raptor is a visitor management system that enhances the Club's security by reading a visitor's drivers’ license (or other approved government issued ID), comparing information against a sex offender database to alert school administrators and District police if a match is found. Once cleared through the system, a visitor badge is produced that includes a photo, name of the visitor, date & time, and destination.Read More