Since 1888, Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania has served the region as one of the premiere out-of-school time youth providers. They serve a diverse population of youth with an eye on equity and empathy. Boys & Girls Clubs of America serves more than 4 million youth each year. Locally, Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania operates programming at 8 Clubhouses and serves thousands of kids and teens each year through eight program service areas and outreach.
Academic Enrichment and STEM programs teach youth to become proficient in basic educational disciplines and approaches to thinking, learning, and decision-making. Over 3,000 youth participate in their educational advancement opportunities and they run 21st Century Community Learning Centers at two Clubhouses. Their Health and Life Skills programs bring out the character that is innately within young people by engaging them in activities that promote positive behaviors and decision-making. These programs develop Club members’ capacity to nurture their own well-being, set personal goals, and live successfully as self-sufficient adults; primary focus areas include drug, alcohol, and pregnancy prevention. The Arts teach young people to develop their creativity and cultural awareness through appreciation of the visual arts, crafts, music, performing arts, digital media, and creative writing. Sports, Fitness, and Recreation programs help develop physical fitness, reduce stress, and promote positive use of leisure time, appreciation for the environment, obesity reduction, interpersonal skills, and sportsmanship. Workforce and Leadership Development programs help youth become responsible, caring citizens. They also develop leadership skills and provide opportunities for career or college planning and internships. The Great Start program focuses on the juvenile justice population and uses restorative practices and a trauma informed approach to help young adults get on the right track to a successful future.