It’s not a job. It’s a calling.
At the heart of every Club are caring mentors dedicated to making a difference for kids and teens. Club professionals bring out the best in kids and teens by understanding where they come from and creating safe, inclusive and fun environments for youth to explore their interests.
Whether they’re coaching the team, supervising a STEM activity or guiding group discussion on a community project, Club staff lead by example, teaching members to be upstanding citizens so that when young people leave the Club they take positive values with them into the community.
At Clubs across the nation, more than 67,000 professional staff work to create the best possible experiences to support the great futures of America’s youth.
“Children thrive when surrounded by safe, nurturant, and sustained adult relationships. After school programs are ideal places to nurture youth, because of the long-term relationships possible in these settings. Boys & Girls Clubs can enter a young person’s life in kindergarten and offer these nurturing relationships throughout the normal ups and downs of development while serving as a critical buffering force against stressors outside its walls. High quality relationships matter to all youth, but programs like BGCA that focus on youth deserving of most focused attention can make a profound difference in shaping a generation poised to lead us into the future.”
- Ken Ginsburg, MD, MS Ed - Author of “Building Resilience in Children and Teens,” and Editor of “Reaching Teens: Strength-based Communication Strategies to Build Resilience and Support Healthy Adolescent Development,” both published by The American Academy of Pediatrics
Skilled Youth Development Professionals
Club professionals are trained in youth development staff practices that provide young people with high-quality experiences that support their success. Staff create opportunities for youth to develop a sense of belonging – recognizing their contributions and accomplishments, and helping them build relationships with their peers.
Staff also use youth-centered approaches to reframe conflict; acknowledge and help young people identify their feelings and see the connection between their emotions, behaviors and consequences; and find their own solutions.
Staff are committed to providing opportunities to young people and delivering a safe, fun and positive environment for members.