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Our mission is to promote the positive and healthy development of youth, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, by providing services that build the skills, civility and self-confidence necessary to succeed in a competitive world.
The Boys & Girls Club of Santa Ana provides a positive, healthy learning environment for children in one of the most disadvantaged communities in the United States. Since 1954, the Club has brought stability to neighborhoods that have seen drugs, teen pregnancy and gang-related violence rock their foundations. With each year that passes, our curriculum takes progressively longer strides toward strengthening the academic aptitude, the physical fitness, the health awareness and the career ambitions of Santa Ana’s children, preparing them to graduate high school and become productive citizens.
Our Club operates out of our central site, a 25,000 square-foot building, but we also run satellite sites at area public schools. Through services provided at these sites, we reach roughly 5,000 children each year. Engaged, passionate, and highly-trained Youth Development Professionals provide monitored academic support, organized physical activities and life-applicable enrichment courses for every child.
We keep costs at $1 per month per member at the Club, which includes every afternoon throughout the entire year, and over 90% of our Members receive scholarship assistance to help defer costs. During the summer months we serve up to 350 kids at our Main Club Facility through an extended 12-hour day, during which time lunch is served free-of-charge.
In addition to the programs offered to our Members, in 2012 our Club launched our Family Strengthening Initiative that broadens our outreach to the community through partnerships with over a dozen nonprofit organizations. This initiative has enabled us to holistically serve the entire family, and tackling the issues facing both the children to parents.
The Club is more than a safe haven for kids; it is an opportunity for children from disadvantaged circumstances to move forward as students, athletes, artists and citizens, down paths to bright futures for themselves, their families and their community.