Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego.
Now celebrating its 75th birthday, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego has a distinguished history as a youth non-profit organization in San Diego County. Established in Logan Heights in 1941, the Boys Club of San Diego was the first Boys Club built in San Diego County. Since then, the agency has grown to include 19 sites and is the second largest Boys & Girls Club agency in California, covering almost 45% of San Diego County. Their mission is to inspire and enable youth to achieve academic success, build good character and responsible citizenship, and make healthy lifestyle choices.
Three priority outcomes – academic excellence, healthy lifestyles and character development – help create a positive and lasting impact on thousands of youth ages 5-18 from across San Diego County through the wide variety of enrichment programs, activities and services they offer. In 2016, they provided 12,193 youth members with after-school programming, overall serving 24,490 youth throughout San Diego County.
Through after school programs and day camps, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego’s purpose is to promote the social, emotional, mental and physical development of boys and girls during critical periods of their growth. They offer youth what they need and want most – adults who respect and listen to them, a safe environment where they can have fun and be themselves, as well as interesting, constructive activities that channel youthful energy into challenging pursuits.
Throughout the year they host various events to help further their mission including their signature event – An Evening of Changing Lives, two golf tournaments, and a monthlong fundraising and fitness campaign, Little Jumps, that concentrates on promoting health and wellness.