For Citrus County kids ages 6-18, Boys & Girls Clubs of Citrus 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.
Members spend time reading books or participating in literacy events that improve overall reading skills.
Members participate in science experiments to explore, engage, and discover. 72% of members improved a letter grade in science in the 2017-2018 school year.
Club members often write poetry, stories, screen plays, and letter to our military troops deployed. 77% of members in the 2017-2018 school year improved a letter grade in Language Arts.
Qualified staff mentor and take stock in members lives by talking, spending time, role playing, and interacting with parents and siblings.
Each day students explore Math concept in real life scenarios. In 2017-2018 school year 72% of members improved a letter grade in Math.
Sports and fitness are a staple of daily programming at the Clubs. Each member spends atleast 1 hour each day playing and exercising.