BGCHarlem was founded in 1980 with the purpose of providing a safe, positive, and supportive place for youth which fosters learning and quality relationships, which can have a significant impact on their lives. Also of paramount importance at the time, BGCHarlem founders set out to create a community-focused organization that would uphold high ethical standards in all areas, especially in overseeing organizational finances, reporting data on membership and community outreach efforts, while being good stewards of donor dollars and representing itself to the public with the highest of standards.
Since the Club's founding it has been at the forefront of youth development in the community. BGCHarlem maintains a commitment to providing after-school access to character-building, educational programming and opportunities otherwise unavailable to the Harlem youth (ages 6-18) that we service. BGCHarlem fosters a safe environment where our young people can be themselves, have fun and, engage in interesting, constructive activities that channelyouthful energy into challenging pursuits.
Today, over 500 at-risk boys and girls are taking advantage of the programs, activities, and services provided by the Boys & Girls Club of Harlem. They benefit from trained, caring professional staff and volunteers who help young people take control of their lives, envision productive futures, and reach their goals at locations across Harlem.