2020 Kids & Teens

Demonstrating remarkable resilience and leadership.

Snapshot of Clubs, Kids & Teens in 2020

Kids and teens demonstrated remarkable resilience and leadership in 2020. They were not just beneficiaries of the resources and opportunities that BGCA and local Clubs provided but actively contributed to COVID-19 relief in their communities, adapted to new ways of learning and connecting, created content, convened their peers, advocated for racial equity and so much more, making steady progress toward their educational, career and personal goals all the while. At the national level, BGCA ensured that resources like our MyFuture digital youth engagement platform and programs like Youth of the Year facilitated youth’s efforts and that local Club leaders, staff and volunteers were equipped to do the same.

Above Artwork - 2020 National Fine Arts Exhibit & ImageMakers Entries

Reaching Kids & Teens Where They Are

Like most schools, businesses and organizations with physical locations across the nation and world, many Boys & Girls Clubs closed temporarily in March while redirecting their resources and services to operate in a drastically changed environment and meet immediate and emerging needs. In March, 500 Club sites were serving youth on site. By June, with support and guidance from BGCA, that number more than doubled to 1,050. By the end of 2020, 3,200 Club sites were serving youth on site with hundreds more serving youth virtually. In total, we ended the year with 82% of our 4,714 Clubs serving youth on site, virtually or a hybrid of both, and our reach and services have continued to expand.

4,714 local Club sites include:

  • 1,955 school-based Clubs 
  • 497 BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide 
  • 1,082 Clubs in rural areas 
  • 278 Clubs in public housing 
  • 208 Clubs on Native lands, making Boys & Girls Clubs the largest youth development provider in Native communities

Club Youth in 2020 By the Numbers

In 2020, Boys & Girls Clubs served millions of young people through membership and community outreach, which includes events, activities and programs that non-members from the broader community participate in. The demographics below provide a glimpse into the makeup and diversity of our registered members in 2020.

5 and younger 4%
6-9 36%
10-12 30%
13-15 19%
16 and older 11%
45% Female
55% Male
>1% transgender
>1% non-binary
30% White
25% Black
22% Latino
7% Don’t know
6% Two or more races
3% Other
3% Asian
3% American Indian or Alaska Native
1% Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander