"To enable all young people, especially those who need us the most, to reach their full potential as productive, responsible, caring citizens"
In the fall of 1997, a group of seven Pleasants County residents began discussion about the community’s need for a safe and constructive place for teens and children to go during after school hours. These men and women developed a vision for a youth and family recreation center for Pleasants County. By the Fall of 1999, the Club accepted its first members ages 6 - 18. In September of 2000, the Boys & Girls Club of Pleasants County received its charter from Boys & Girls Clubs of America indicating that it had met the requirements for joining the organization. Each year, the Club’s membership has grown, with children and teens joining from Pleasants County, West Virginia and Newport, Ohio primarily, but also from many adjacent communities. Currently the Club serves in excess of 200 youth per year through an after school and summer program. The after school and summer program is operated at the Jim Spence Center in St. Marys. The Club is proud of its grass roots history and its affiliation as a charter member of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.