It is the Mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County to enable and inspire all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible adults.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County strives to provide a world-class Club experience that assures success is within reach of every young person who walks through our doors. We envision all members graduating high school with a plan for the future, demonstrating good character and citizenship, and living a healthy lifestyle. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County (BGCLC) currently provides after-school and summer enrichment programs for more than 1,300 youth ages 6-18 in 5 Clubs strategically placed throughout Lee County.
For 41 years, Boys & Girls Club of Lee County has been in the forefront of youth development, working with young people from disadvantaged economic, social and family circumstances. The Boys & Girls Club of Lee County has actively sought to enrich the lives of girls and boys in our county. We are dedicated to ensuring that all of our community’s children and teens – especially those who need us most – have access to our Club’s quality programs and services to enhance their lives and positively shape their futures.
Now more than ever, community partners play a critical role in shaping the lives of Southwest Florida’s young people. This is where Boys & Girls Clubs are uniquely positioned to make a significant difference. We have access to the youth who need us most, and a program that helps youth develop positive outcomes and achieve great futures.
In an effort to ensure that children achieve great futures, the Boys & Girls Club of Lee County has chosen to implement the More Members, More Often initiative. This will ensure that our community’s young people can reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.
Research shows the amount of time youth spend at Clubs is a determining factor in the depth of impact the Club Experience has on young lives. Specifically, a 2009 third-party study by Private/Public Ventures found that frequency of attendance is directly tied to the following positive changes for Club teens:
Child Trends, an independent nonprofit, nonpartisan research center, issued a report in June of 2009 noting that regular participation in out-of-school activities is associated with benefits for children. Child Trends asserts that attendance and retention of youth in out-of-school time programs are positively associated with many academic and other outcomes. Based upon experimental and non-experimental research, studies have found that attending these programs is linked to:
Every day, our Clubs strive to fulfill our mission of enabling young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. By growing our membership, while increasing the frequency of their attendance and lengthening the long-term participation of all Club members, we seek to expand our positive impact on our region’s children and teens. The More Members, More Often initiative will be a springboard to set more young people on track for a productive life.
The Boys and Girls Clubs of Lee County cultivates healthy children who are successful in school and make positive life choices.