About Us

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Formed in 1991, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County consists of five branches: East Stuart, Hobe Sound, Indiantown, Palm City, and Port Salerno.

Each year, we serve more than 3,000 at-risk youth six to 18 years of age with after-school programs, summer program, and community outreach activities. We charge only $35 per year but spend more than $1,800 on programs and services per Member. And we never turn a child away for his or her family’s inability to pay.

To strengthen our organizational capacity, our youth development staff receives ongoing training throughout the year. Staff then utilizes a comprehensive curriculum developed in association with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, to which we are affiliated, to help improve grades, increase physical activity, teach resistance skills youth need to avoid drugs, alcohol, and tobacco, and provide youth with opportunities for artistic experience, community service, and leadership roles. To more strategically meet the specific needs of Martin County’s teen population, we launched The Club, a program that targets local teens, in 2011. The Club's curriculum, based on the input of more than 850 local teens, emphasizes technology training, community service, career planning, building resistance to risky behaviors, and college tours.

In 2011, we also adopted a Formula for Impact, a five-year road map designed to provide age-appropriate programs so all Members can demonstrate Academic Success, Good Character & Citizenship, and Healthy Lifestyles. A key component to the Formula for Impact is to prepare every Member to graduate from high school so that he or she is ready for college, trade school, the military, or employment.
 

How are we impacting Club Members? Each year, we survey our Club Members and parents through the National Youth Outcomes Initiative, a research tool designed by the Boys & Girls Clubs of America in order to quantitatively assess our programmatic impact. Below are findings from our 2013 survey.

Academic Success

  • 85% of our Club Members ages 6 to 12 expect to attend college
  • 93% of Club teens expect to attend college, with half (49%) saying they expect to obtain a master's degree, MD, or Phd
  • 91% of Club parents say their child's academic performance improved last school year because of the Club
  • 97% of Club parents said their child was more prepared for school each day

Character & Citizenship

  • 92% of Club Members told us they're meeting the expectations staff have for them
  • Seven in ten (68%) Club Members said we excelled in the area of recognizing their achievements and successes
  • 94% of Club parents agreed that as a result of their children's experience at the Club, his or her self-esteem improved
  • 88% of Club parents strongly agreed or agreed that their child has a stronger sense of community service and doing things for others

Healthy Lifestyles

  • Eight in ten (78%) Club Members engaged in the recommended amount of daily physical activity
  • 92% of Club Members have abstained from alcohol and from tobacco use
  • 81% of Club parents said their child has developed a better understanding of positive lifestyles and healthy behaviors because of the Clubs
  • 88% of Club parents say their child has a positive relationship with an adult such as staff, volunteers, or a coach.

Spotlights

Closed April 18

BGCMC will be closed Friday, April 18, in observation of Good Friday.

Retro Game Show Returns June 21

On Saturday, June 21, the 3rd Annual Retro Game Show Night to benefit BGCMC will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Star Struck Performing Arts Center and Theatre in Stuart! More ...

2013 Annual Report

Indiantown: Opening this May!

We're opening in May and we'd love to give you a sneak peek! 

Groups or individuals may now schedule tours with Renee Booth, our Chief Development Officer, by calling 772.545.1255 or emailing her at rbooth@bgcmartin.org

At this time, we are still seeking to reach our campaign goal of $4 million. Please consider a donation today!

The new Clubhouse features a full-size gymnasium, performing arts space, learning & technology labs, a kitchen, and plenty of space to build and develop the potential of Indiantown’s most extraordinary asset —its children-- through Education & Career Development, Character Leadership Development, Health & Life Skills, The Arts and Sports, Fitness & Recreation.

The new 22,000 square foot club house will enable us to greatly expand our capacity and we expect membership in Indiantown to double in its first year of operation!

Lovely Davilmar named Youth of the Year!

Support BGCMC's Scholastic Book Drive!

With more than 500 Club Members reading for 30 minutes each day, we can never have enough books for them to enjoy and learn from. Click here to support our build a Club library!