The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

The Clubs represent more than 80 years of service to youth.  Dedicated staff at nine metro-area locations and a rural camp provide activities and support to more than 9,000 young people from kindergarten through high school graduation.  Club sites are placed in targeted neighborhoods where the need is greatest.

The Club’s Formula for Impact defines specific strategies to increase quality programming for three priority outcomes: Academic Success, Good Character & Citizenship, and Healthy Lifestyles.

Each Club carefully chooses programs and activities based on the ages, gender, and interest of participating youth.  Youth development professionals create a Club Experience that ensures that Club members can achieve one or more of the three priority outcomes:  Academic Success, Good Character & Citizenship, and Healthy Lifestyles.

Youth development research shows that a correlation exists between increased frequency of attendance at a Club and increased success and achievement in school.  The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities is committed to providing high quality programs and life-changing opportunities to improve average daily attendance.

In the Twin Cities, we are finding great success in strengthening the quality of our programs and increasing frequency of a Club member’s daily attendance.  We are implementing a Club Experience filled with life-changing programs, fun, enriching activities, and supportive relationships with peers and caring adults. The combination of these critical elements enables and empowers Club youth to achieve positive outcomes.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s tested and proven programs address today’s most pressing youth issues. Young people learn the skills they need to succeed in life – What’s more important than that???

Academic Success 
The Academic Success strategy assists young people to succeed in academics. Programs provide youth opportunities for career exploration, educational enhancement, and augmented learning in literacy, finance, arts, and technology.

Healthy Lifestyles 
Our Healthy Lifestyles strategy develops young people’s capacity to live healthfully by educating youth about fitness, nutrition and smart decisions. Activities focus on instilling positive conflict resolution techniques, engaging in positive behaviors, setting personal goals, and building resistance skills that nurture and strengthen their minds and bodies.

Good Character & Citizenship
The Good Character & Citizenship strategy encourages youth to be engaged by providing character, leadership, and service learning opportunities to Club members. Programs encourage youth to develop planning and decision making skills by supporting and influencing their Club and community.

We had a blast with our team supporting the Spring Thaw, The Girls & Boys Club Annual event. Spring Thaw is a fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities hosted by our Associate Board. The Associate Board is a group of young professionals dedicated to helping the Boys & Girls Clubs expand our supporter base through volunteerism, networking and fundraising. Spring Thaw has been around for 5 years and grown exponentially from 200 guests to 600+ in 2016, we are excited to see where the momentum will take us!

For more information on how you an get involved, visit www.boysandgirls.org.