Boys and Girls Clubs of the Mississippi Valley Endowment

 

Our mission: To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.


THE PURPOSE OF THE BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS

The Boys & Girls Clubs is a youth development organization that promotes character development and prevents delinquency. This is accomplished through services directed at providing behavioral guidance and the promotion of health, social, educational, vocational and character development of children.

Programs and activities are designed to help individual members by stressing health and fitness, citizenship and leadership development, skill development, and educational career development.

Boys & Girls Clubs provide:

  • A safe place to learn and grow
  • On-going relationships with caring, adult professionals
  • Life-enhancing programs and character development experiences
  • Hope and opportunity

HISTORY OF THE LOCAL ORGANIZATION

The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Mississippi Valley (“BGCMV”) began in June 1994 at 350 3rd Street, Moline, in the heart of the Floreciente neighborhood and served 60 youths on opening day. In December 1997, the current Davenport location was opened.

A diverse population of local youth are served at BGCMV: 28% African American; 35% Hispanic; 21% Caucasian; 15% Multi-Racial and 1% Other Ethnicities. Club members range from ages 6-18.

To better serve the growing member population in Moline, BGCMV moved into its current 10,000 square foot facility in 2001. In February 2013, Phase I of the Teen Center (“The Club”) was opened in a renovated historical building in downtown Moline in order to serve adolescents and teenagers in the Quad City area. Davenport teens are transported to attend activities, including Friday Teen Nights.

BGCMV is a member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, a national organization of non-profit, non-sectarian private agencies serving young people in clubs nationwide. Currently, BGCMV serves approximately 900 members and guests at three locations:

  • Moline Club – 406 7th Street, Moline
  • Davenport Club – 1702 Iowa Street, Davenport (First Presbyterian Church)
  • The Club (Teen Center, serving members 13 and older) – 1122 5th Avenue, Moline

HISTORY OF THE NATIONAL ORGANIZATION

  • Boys Clubs were first established in New England in the 1850’s by groups of people who realized there was a need for a non-sectarian organization providing after-school and evening activities, and leadership for less privileged boys. Boys Clubs of America was founded in 1856 by the then existing Boys Clubs for their mutual benefit and the promotion of the movement. It was incorporated as a non-profit organization in Massachusetts in the same year. The first Club was opened in Hartford, Connecticut in 1865. It was chartered by the 84th Congress of the United States in 1956, under Public Law 988. The national organization became the Boys and Girls Club of America (BGCA) in 1990. The Boys and Girls Clubs of America National Headquarters is located in Atlanta, Georgia, with our regional office in Schaumberg, Illinois.
  • Today, BGCA serves over four million members on a daily basis in 4,074 Boys and Girls Clubs in the United States including approximately: 1,400  in schools; 400 BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide; 300 in public housing; 200 on Native American lands.

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