WHY BOYS & GIRLS CLUB
"It is the place where great futures are started each and every day. In every community, boys and girls are left to find their own recreation and companionship in the streets. An increasing number of children are at home with no adult care or supervision. Young people need to know that someone cares about them.
Boys & Girls Clubs offer that and more. Club programs and services promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence.”
– Boys & Girls Clubs of America
WHO WE ARE
Since 1965, Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Louisiana (BGCSELA) have provided children with a constructive way to spend their afternoons through effective programming led by a qualified staff. BGCSELA operates five units and serves hundreds of young people through club activities and programs.
Club membership is available to anyone between the ages of 6 and 18. Our clubs are staffed with full-time professional leaders who work to prepare our youth for the future. Our clubs have an open-door policy to all members during regular hours of operation. We keep dues low and ensure that all young people can afford to participate.
WHAT WE DO
BGCSELA provides activities that meet the interests of all young people. Core programs involve interaction with adults, peers and family members to encourage high self-esteem and strong collaboration skills. We help boys and girls reach their full potential in their physical, educational, personal, and social lives.
On the basis of these principles,BGCSELA offers programs in five areas:
1. Character and Leadership Development
Members are empowered to support and influence their club and community, sustain meaningful relationships, develop a positive self-image, participate in the democratic process, develop leadership skills, and respect their own and others’ cultural identities.
2. Education and Career Development
Members receive help with homework and taught valuable computer technology skills. Organizations such as UPS and Old Navy have provided programming to help our members prepare for the workforce.
3. Health and Life Skills
Members engage in positive behaviors that nurture their well-being. They are taught to set personal goals and prepared with skills to live productively as self-sufficient adults.
4. The Arts
Members develop their creativity and cultural awareness through learning and appreciating visual and performing arts.
5. Sports, Fitness and Recreation
Members enjoy a positive use of leisure time, which reduces stress, helps them develop social skills and encourages an appreciation for the environment.