What We Do

The Boys & Girls Club of Erie County provides after-school and summer youth development programming to young people ages 6 to 18. At our Clubs young people build trusting relationships with adults and peers, get academic guidance and emotional support, cultivate their interests, and build a second home that helps them grow and thrive.

Our Formula for Positive Youth Development
The Boys & Girls Club of Erie County provides targeted programs to young people who need us most. The Club environment fulfills five key elements that foster effective youth development and empower our young people to succeed:
  1.  A Safe, Stable, Positive place that ensures physical and emotional safety
  2. Fun activities that foster connections to peers and staff
  3. Supportive Relationships that reinforce that all members are cared for
  4. Abundant opportunities to explore interests and build new skills
  5. Recognition and positive reinforcement for young people’s accomplishments
Our Priority Outcomes
The positive, enriching Club experience helps each of our members make progress toward our priority outcomes:
  • Academic Success programs ensure that our members have the support they need to succeed throughout their academic life and graduate from high school ready to pursue college or a career
  • Good Character & Citizenship programs offer our members opportunities to develop leadership capabilities and make a difference in their community
  • Healthy Lifestyles & Arts programs encourage our members to adopt a healthy diet, practice positive lifestyle choices and make a lifelong commitment to fitness

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