History

 

25 Years and Counting ...

 

The year was 1991. The United States was leading her allies to victory in the Gulf War. The Soviet Union was crumbling into oblivion.

 

In sunny Hobe Sound, Florida, citizens were working together to establish a Boys & Girls Club in Martin County, and soon opened a Club in two small storefronts at a Winn Dixie plaza on Bridge Road.

 

Twenty-five years later, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County, with a budget of almost $4 million, is proudly serving over 2,000 Club Members, six to 18 years of age, helping them achieve extraordinary things.

 
Below is a timeline of major events in the 25 year history of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County:  
 
1989-1991: Hobe Sound resident Margaret "Peggy” Cole commits to establishing a Boys & Girls Club presence throughout Martin County. To generate support for the initiative, she holds meetings with the school district, local businesses, and fellow Hobe Sound residents, most notably Hays Clark.

1991: BGCMC begins in two small storefronts in the Hobe Sound Winn-Dixie plaza.  The Hobe Sound branch is later named the Cole-Clark branch in honor of the organization’s original founders.

1993: Port Salerno branch opens.  It is later renovated and renamed John & Marge Bolton branch.

1993: Club Members and staff use shopping carts to move games, books, and computers into its current Cole-Clark branch in Hobe Sound.

1994: BGCMC expands into Indiantown.

1996: Collaboration with City of Stuart and Stuart Police Department to create a branch at the East 10th Street Recreation Center.

1999: Donors fund an air-conditioned, indoor gym—one of the few in the County—at Cole-Clark branch.

2005: Palm City branch opens in Immanuel Lutheran Church.

2009: BGCMC begins capital campaign to create a state-of-the-art, expanded facility in the heart of Indiantown.

2009: Club Members in Palm City cut the ribbon on the new H. Wayne Huizenga branch, a renovated Martin County firehouse.

2009: Major renovations are completed at Cole-Clark branch in Hobe Sound, including a new computer laboratory, expanded art room, tutoring rooms for individualized help, and the County’s only teen room.

2011: BGCMC launches The Club, a new program designed exclusively for Martin County’s teens.
 
2012:  BGCMC introduces the Janey Pratt Be READy program for struggling readers in grades K-3.
 

2014: 

  1. BGCMC's new Indiantown facility opens.
  2. Our BeReady early literacy program is named the top Boys & Girls Club program in the state by the Florida Area Council.

2015:  

1. The HERO Challenge opens and enrolls 70 at-risk youth - this mentoring program is one of just 12 in the state of Florida and with three staff members includes Stuart and Indiantown.

2. The Stuart Club moves to a new 12,000 square foot building on the St. Joseph Church Campus.

3. The partnership with All About Achieving Learning Centers (AAALC) expands  -- putting certified teachers from in each of our five clubs.  Their focus is on literacy skills for elementary school club members, STEAM programs for all club members, and the training and development of club professionals who assist with homework and academic enrichment. 

2016:

YOU can make 2016 an even greater year for children and teens in Martin County – “vote” with your time and resources to make this a great community for all! 

 

Spotlights

Apply Now for Summer!

Membership & Summer Program Application: Download Here

Our award-winning afterschool programs are available to all children aged 6 to 18 in five club locations - Hobe Sound, Indiantown, Palm City, Port Salerno and Stuart. The annual membership fee is $35 for the school year, $275 for summer break, and teens may join at no charge.

$50 Discount: Pay the Summer Program fee in one full payment and the fee is just $225 per member - ages 6 to 12. Teens Are FREE, all year-round!

Download the 2016 Membership Application here. Call 772-755-1255 if you have questions. 

 
 
 
4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator for 4th Year in a Row 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator for 4th Year in a Row

Form 990 + Audit Report

You may view our 990 and most recent audit.  A copy of our official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling toll-free 1-800-435-7352. Our registration is CH4299.  Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the state.

New Club in Stuart!

NEW LOCATION: 1300 SE 10th St. Club is located on the St. Joseph Church campus and is open after-school until 6:30 pm. 

2015 Annual Report

Early literacy program named top overall in Florida

BGCMC recently received the award for top overall Boys & Girls Club program in the state by the Florida Area Council for Be READy, an early literacy initiative that the organization designed and created in 2012. Full release here