Welcome to Boys & Girls Clubs of Citrus County
Each day millions of kids and teens have no place to go during the out of school hours. An increasing numner of children are at home with no adult care or suprvision. Young people need to know that someone cares abouth them. BGCC does that and more. Club programs and services promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulmess, belonging amd influence. We know that being involved and active is better for our youth than sitting alone with the temptation to make poor choices in their snack choice, activity choice and behavior choices. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Citrus County is a nonprofit organization providing affordable, after school programming for local children and youth in a safe and positive environment. It takes a village and the clubs rely on you, our community to protect those who are unable to protect themselves.
Who We Are
For Citrus County kids ages 6-18, BGCCitrus provides a positive, constructive bridge between the end of the school day and the parents’ arrival home from work. For the kids we serve, this means that they are in a protected, constructive environment during the high-risk hours of 3-8 pm. By providing that safe place to go after school, we redefine the opportunity equation for our members: School + Out of School = GREAT FUTURES. During those hours, our staff of well-trained professionals and volunteers provides kids:
· An educational enhancement focus through homework help and tutoring
· A sense of belonging in a setting where young people know they “fit” and are accepted
· A sense of usefulness through opportunities to do something of value for others
· A sense of power or influence through opportunities for them to be heard and to influence decisions
· A sense of competence by instilling the feeling that they have something of value to offer others
The Clubs are managed by a full-time chief professional officer governed by a volunteer board of directors comprised of local residents. We employ professional staff, supported by part-time workers and dedicated volunteers. These leaders serve as positive role models for our members and help create a warm and friendly environment where children feel safe, welcome and appreciated.
BGCCC is unique in that our services are provided on a consistent, daily basis, 52 weeks per year. The staff is well trained and representative of the youth population we serve. Our award-winning youth development programs focus on five important core areas: Education and Career Development (including technology), Character and Leadership Development, The Arts, Health and Life Skills, and Sports, Fitness and Recreation.
Did you know?
The national average is that 25-30% of youth go home to an empty home or a house unsafe for others reasons. In Citrus County that translates to approcimately 4,000 youth being left unattended.
The hours between 3p.m. and 6p.m. are the peak hours for juvenile crime and experimentation with drugs, alcohol, cigarettes and other inappropriate activities.. (Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, 2003)
Parents miss an average of five days of work per year due to a lack of afterschool care. Decreased worker productivity related to parental concerns about after school care costs businesses up to $300 billion per year. (Catalyst & Brandeis University, 2006)