Boys & Girls Clubs of South Alabama has ten youth development sites in Mobile County, serving young people ages six through 18. Six of the sites are open year ’round and four are open only in the summer. Three of the year 'round sites are in the City and three are in suburban areas of the County.
Members participate in programs within five core areas as stipulated by the Boys & Girls Clubs of America: Character and Leadership Development; Education and Career Development; Health and Life Skills; the Arts; and Sports, Fitness, and Recreation.
BGCSA programs are designed to encourage Club members to realize a wide variety of positive outcomes, a strategy for developing the “whole child.” In recent years, the Boys & Girls Club Movement has focused additional efforts on helping children and teens achieve in our three priority outcome areas of Academic Success, Good Character and Citizenship, and Healthy Lifestyles.
Programs include art and photography competitions that give members opportunities to win both local awards and national recognition at Boys & Girls Clubs of America events. Various team sports teach good sportsmanship. As part of the Job Ready program, young people are taught a good work ethic.
The local organization has developed original new programs, among them the Boys & Girls Clubs Honor Chorus, the Gavel Club, and the “No Limits” aviation program for girls, which received one of only five National Honor Awards given by the Boys & Girls Clubs of America at its 2012 national meeting.
A new educational initiative is the Summer Remedial Reading Program, which targets inner city children ages six through 10 with reading deficiencies. It began as a pilot program in the summer of 2014 at the Roger Williams Boys & Girls Club in the Roger Williams public housing project in Toulminville. We offered the program in the summer of 2015 at both the Roger Williams site and the Optimist Boys & Girls Club in the R.V. Taylor public housing complex on Michigan Avenue.
This organization is a 501(c)(3) not for profit corporation, a member organization of the United Way of Southwest Alabama, and an affiliate of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, founded in 1860 in Hartford, Connecticut and now headquartered in Atlanta.