The Boys & Girls Clubs of America was founded in 1860 in Hartford, CT. We are the largest and fastest growing Youth Development Organization in the Country. There are Clubs in all 50 States, the U.S Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and on domestic and Foreign Military Bases worldwide. There are currently 4,300 Clubs with 4.8 million active members.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County Inc. joined the national organization in 1965 and has grown along with the movement. We now have 12 Clubs with a membership of over 12,620 youth, making us the 5th largest Boys & Girls Club organizations in the nation.


  • 1860 – Two women in Hartford, Connecticut believed that boys who roamed the streets should have a positive alternative and laid the groundwork for the Boys Clubs. A cause was born.
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  • 1906 – Several Boys Clubs decided to affiliate. The Federate Boys Clubs in Boston was formed with 53 member organizations which marked the start of a nationwide movement.
  • 1931 – The Boys Clubs Federation of America became the Boys Club of America.
  • 1956 – The Boys Clubs of America celebrated its 50th anniversary and received a U.S. Congressional Charter.
  • 1965 – Broward County Boys Club was started.
  • 1990 – To recognize the fact that girls are a part of our cause, the national organization’s name was changed to Boys & Girls Clubs of America. We became the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County.
  • 2005 – Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County celebrates its 40th year of service.
  • 2006 – Marked the Centennial year of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, as we celebrated 100 years of providing hope and opportunity to young people across the country.
  • 2015 – Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County celebrates its 50th year of service.


“To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.”

We achieve our mission by promoting 3 core programs for member development:

1. Academic Success: Increase grade level advancement of Club members. Reduce high school dropout rates.

2. Good Character and Citizenship: Increase community service participation of Club members. Reduce juvenile crime rates.

3. Healthy Lifestyles: Increase healthy behaviors of Club members. Decrease drug use and obesity rates.


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Today more than 4.2 million young people are served annually through membership and community outreach. There are more than 4,000 facilities throughout the United States, Puerto Rico,Virgin Islands plus domestic and international military bases. These Clubs are staffed by over 50,000 trained employees.


Membership is open to all boys and girls ages 6-18. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County Inc. will provide an equal opportunity for all clients to receive access to services regardless of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion or national origin. There is a $15 annual membership fee. The fee must be paid for each prospective member applying for membership. Some scholarships are available based on need. The Club membership runs from: September 1 to August 31.


As a Boys & Girls Clubs Board Member, you will have the opportunity to make a significant contribution to the lives of others. A child’s ability to develop a sense of character and personal achievement centers on their environment as a healthy environment produces successful children.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County provides the leadership, guidance and support these children need to ensure a brighter future. Election to the Board of Directors is an honor with privileges and responsibility. It calls upon individuals to devote thought, energy and financial means towards the viability and progress of the Clubs.

The success of the Board is measured by financial achievement, event attendance, media exposure, community recognition and most importantly what is best for the children who attend the Boys & Girls Clubs.

What are my responsibilities?

  • Participate in monthly Unit Advisory Board meetings.
  • Introduce potential donors to the Boys & Girls Clubs via tours or presentations and promote the organization whenever possible.
  • Engage board recruitment by speaking before a group about the Boys & Girls Clubs and/or arrange speaking engagements for staff.
  • Participate in fundraising by attending and/or marketing fundraising events.
  • Volunteer at Unit and Corporate fundraising events.
  • Volunteer in the Club (Tutor, Athletic Assistant, Music Instrument Instructor, etc).
  • Talk to a group of members about your career.
  • Secure or provide in kind services or supplies for the Clubs (i.e. postage, printing, services, etc.)
  • Raise operating funds for your Club. Amount varies by Club.

While we do not expect a Board Member to achieve each of the following we feel it appropriate to give prospective and current members a reasonable overview of the way in which our board has traditionally supported our efforts to improve thousands of young lives.

What’s in it for me?

  • Hundreds of networking opportunities!
  • Develop new and lasting Business partnerships.
  • Further develop your fantastic leadership skills.
  • Contribute & utilize your skills to develop your Club and Unit Board.
  • Change the lives of thousands of youth in Broward County!

For information on volunteer opportunities, please contact: Lisa Devine – Director of Volunteer Services
Phone: 954-537-1010
Email: ldevine [at]