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Boys & Girls Clubs of America  Our mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most to reach their full potential as productive, caring responsible citizens.

Learn how Hannah took the lead in providing a special experience for kids by creating “One Special Night,” a prom for students with disabilities.
Hannah is our 2018-19 SE YOY sponsored by @Disney & @ToyotaUSA. #femaleleaders #womenshistorymonth

91% of our Club members say they stand up for what’s right. Hear Cynthia share how her anti-bullying program gave Club kid, Selam, a friend to talk to. Last summer, Cynthia was named MW YOY and received $45k in scholarships from @Disney and @ToyotaUSA. #femaleleaders #womenshistorymonth

Starting a Boys’ Club during the 19th century was no easy task. Suitable buildings were hard to find. Furnishings had to be begged or borrowed. And few people were willing to undertake the work.

All of which made Mary Hall eminently qualified for the task. Connecticut’s first woman lawyer, she knew about battling the odds. An advocate of female suffrage – 40 years before the 19th Amendment granted women the right to vote – she also believed in improving the lives of children.

A resident of Hartford, Conn., in 1880, Hall took up the cause by founding a new Club organization – the Good Will Club – when its predecessor had to close. Among the improvements: a city-style government system for the Club’s “citizens,” establishing the fact that even tough street kids, given opportunity and guidance, could get along and abide by the rules.

For almost 50 years, until her passing in 1927, Mary Hall kept the faith with the Good Will Club. The organization she founded lives on today as the @bgclubhartford. #WomensHistoryMonth

What are four ways to encourage the young women in your life? Click the link in our bio for more! #internationalwomensday #greatfutures

Advocacy works! Thank you to everyone who participated in one of our biggest National Days of Advocacy, yet! #NDOA2019 #InvestInKids

Boys & Girls Clubs of America had its beginnings in 1860 with three women in Hartford, Connecticut - Mary Goodwin, Alice Goodwin and Elizabeth Hammersley. Believing that boys who roamed the streets should have a positive alternative, they organized the first Club. With character development as the cornerstone of the experience, the Club focused on capturing boys interests, improving their behavior and increasing their personal expectations and goals. A cause was born. #WomensHistoryMonth

Club kids, teens, staff and CEOs are gathered in Washington, DC today to kick off our National Days of Advocacy! #NDOA2019

The Wissahickon Boys Club opened in 1896 as the first Club in the country to serve African American kids. As one of the original 53 Clubs to join the Federated Boys Club in 1906, the Wissahickon Club remained one of only two African American Clubs in the nation well into the 1920’s.

In 1913, the Wissahickon Club came under the direction of William T. Coleman, the first African American Superintendent in the Boys Club movement. From 1913 through the late 1920’s Mr. Coleman greatly expanded the membership and prestige of the Wissahickon Club while advocating for the importance of the Boys Club movement serving African American Communities.
Throughout his Boys Club career, Mr. Coleman was responsible for opening over 10 new Clubs for African American youth nation-wide including several in Philadelphia.

William Coleman’s son, William Coleman Jr., who grew up in the Club, was one of the authors of the Brown Vs. Board of Education case for the @naacp. #greatfutures #blackhistorymonth

We’re thrilled to announce our new partnership with @michaelsstores! With the support of our newest friends, Club kids will be able to unleash their creativity! #greatfutures

One year after Parkland, and it is still true. It will always be true.

When a tragedy strikes, it is critical to talk to young people. Click the link in our bio for 7 steps to help with that conversation.
#Parkland #MSDStrong

In honor of International Day of Women & Girls in Science, we celebrate Club member Taylor Richardson, @astronautstarbright, also known as Astronaut StarBright.
Taylor wants to become an astronaut and advocates for girls interested in #STEM. From her Club in Florida (@bgcnf) to speaking to people all around the world, Taylor is shooting for the stars! 💫 #GreatFutures

"83 percent of Club members believe they can make a difference in the community. Having a front row view at the workings of our democracy is pivotal to making that belief a reality." - Julie Teer, Chief Development & Public Affairs Officer

Cory, college student and former Club kid in Atlanta, is as close as you can get! #GreatFutures

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