Pub. date: 2005 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412950565 | Print ISBN: 9780761928201 | Online ISBN: 9781412950565| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Boys & Girls Clubs of America
In 2006, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) will celebrate its centennial. Whereas local Boys Clubs existed since 1860, the national office was formed when 53 local organizations came together in 1906. For the more than 140 years of service to youth, local club professionals have seen a multitude of programs, concepts, and strategies. What have endured the test of time are seven key principles: 1. A mission of hope and opportunity 2. A focus on disadvantaged youth 3. A unique system of informal guidance 4. Ongoing relationships with caring adults 5. A Youth Development Strategy (YDS) 6. A commitment to character development 7. Fun, diverse, and interesting experiences Although all of these time-tested principles are critical for success in the next century of service, I focus on two of these principles here: ongoing relationships with caring adults, and the Youth Development Strategy. These two principles are not only ...