Boys & Girls Clubof Western Lane County
About the Boys & Girls Club of Western Lane County
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. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Lane County offers 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. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Lane County is a safe place to learn and grow – all while having fun. We are truly The Positive Place for Kids and Teens.
Our mission is to inspire and enable all young people 6 - 18, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens by providing stimulating and challenging programs through interaction with dedicated, caring people.
Our community is growing – as are the challenges our children face every day. With your help, we can rise to the occasion, and give every child who walks through our doors the opportunity for a great future.
The Boys & Girls Club of Western Lane County fills the gap between school and home, where kids need us most.
Our Club provides safe, welcoming, positive environments in which kids and teens have fun, participate in life-changing programs and build supportive relationships with peers and caring adults.
- Academic Success
- Good Character and Citizenship
- Healthy Lifestyle
Today’s generation is estimated to be worse off than their parents. Our nation’s graduation rate ranks 22nd among 28 countries. Three out of 10 kids are obese or overweight. One in 5 American kids live in poverty.
We want to be sure that our youth are on track to graduate. We help them with their homework and work hard to get them back in school if they drop out. We prepare them for college, trade school, military or employment.
We encourage our youth to take care themselves. Modeling and teaching
We want our kids to know that they can make a difference in their community. We believe in them and, because of this, many begin to believe in themselves. Our club members are active in many community volunteer activities and often become leaders in their school and/or social circles.
What We Do
Boys & Girls Clubs of America's national programs have taken members from the Clubhouse to the White House; from the game room to the corporate boardroom; from the high school orchestra to Carnegie Hall.
From the moment you walk into the Club, we aim to make every day one where Club members feel safe enough to grow physically and emotionally, to trust and to have a chance to truly be themselves.
Our days start and end with fun. Fun is always the first thing we want members to feel when they enter our Club. Fun makes everything else seem easy, and it’s the guiding force for all of the Club staff and volunteers as it creates a sense of belonging for our kids.
There is a special bond that happens between Club members and Club Staff. These bonds are meaningful and filled with warmth, caring, appreciation, acceptance and proper guidance. Club members know that when they’re at the Club, they always have someone that they can look to for a solution to a problem, big or small.
While at the Club, youth acquire physical, social, technological, artistic and life skills. These skills play a vital part in the great futures ahead and are built upon high expectations set by the Club board and staff. The opportunities that Club youth are presented throughout high school, college and professional life can often be attributed to the three simple rules at our Clubhouse: Respect Club Staff; Respect Club Members; Respect Club Equipment.
Every day, week, month and year, Club members are recognized for their achievements. The positive contributions that our Club members make never go unnoticed and are always praised. Whether it is a simple high five, a Youth of the Month award, or our ultimate honor – a Youth of the Year nomination – our Club staff makes it an integral part of every day to showcase the achievements of our amazing members.
Who We Are
To our core of our DNA, we believe in potential and invest in opportunity. Every child and teen we serve has the potential to do great things and it is our privilege to help them unlock that potential
By committing ourselves to thinking differently, we will challenge the status quo and create a first-class experience for everyone we serve
Who We Serve
- 500 – 600 kids per year in 10 programs
- $400,000 annually to Keep The Doors Open
- Operating Cost Per Child Per Year $1,500
- Operating Cost Per Child Per Month $125
- Average Family Monthly Income: $1680
- Average Family Expenses: $1480
- Number of Kids in Family: 2.5
- Number of Families with with Single Parent is about the same as Families with Two Parents.
By 2020, the Boys & Girls Club of Western Lane County is the most widely sought-after, self-sustaining non-profit on the Oregon Coast. It is a vibrant place, attracting all youth ages 6 – 18 and focusing to those who need additional support and care. Our facilities promote a sense of safety and security. The children who walk through our doors feel loved and part of our family. They ask to join the Club, prospective employees want to work for us, dedicated staff members stay connected to the organization, and community partners reach out to us, offering their support, resources and assistance. We are an asset to the community by teaching vital life skills at the Club. We teach children to give back, creating a culture of generational legacy. We are everyone’s first choice, and the Board of Directors considers it their highest honor to serve the youth in our area. Simply put, there is no other place that any child would rather be than our Club.
This Is What We Commit To:
We show up every day to prove every kid has what it takes.
Every child matters. They all deserve opportunity. We are here to elevate them and let them know that they are capable, worthy and important. That’s why we make this promise: to prove to the world – and every individual child – that they have what it takes to achieve a great future.
You never give up; when you encounter life’s obstacles, you are tenacious, self-reliant, and you always find ways to overcome
Acting responsibly on behalf of our youth, parents, and community. You are someone others can count on; you are honest and true to yourself and all those around you
You never expect to receive, you always expect to give back
You stay positive when faced with negativity; you maintain a sense of home when all feels lost, and you know that brighter days are always ahead of you
Unifying individual and community contributions to accomplish our mission
You look out for those who need more in this world than you, and each day you find ways to make a difference for others
You honor yourself and all those around you
You always treat others as equals, and you take the time to learn about and celebrate people from all cultural backgrounds