Serving Native Youth for 25 Years

In 1992, Boys & Girls Clubs of America began partnering with Indian Country to bring Club programs and services to youth in Native communities. Today, Boys & Girls Clubs are the largest Native youth-serving agency in the nation, reaching nearly 90,000 Native young people with a variety of culturally relevant, life-enhancing programs every year.  

Native Services logoMeeting the Unique Needs of Native Communities

Youth in American Indian, Alaska Native, Hawaiian and other tribal communities take great pride in their culture, traditions and heritage. These youth are also twice as likely to die before age 24 than members of any other race because they face a host of challenges, including:

  • More than 1 in 3 Native youth living in poverty
  • The highest suicide rate of all races for young people between the ages of 15 and 24. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for Native youth
  • Low educational attainment, with only 68 percent of Native youth earing a high school diploma

Native youth also face disproportionate odds of experiencing alcoholism, obesity and Type I diabetes. Boys & Girls Clubs in Indian Country help youth overcome these challenges and achieve great futures.

Boys & Girls Clubs in Indian Country

  • Reach youth in American Indian, Alaska Native, American Samoan and Hawaiian tribal communities
  • Serve nearly 90,000 Native youth
  • Are represented by nearly 200 Clubs and more than 6 Clubs in progress
  • Have locations in 27 states
  • Represent nearly 100 different American Indian, Alaska Native, American Samoan and Hawaiian tribal communities

Partnership Opportunities

Our partners provide critical support so that we may provide youth development programming to thousands of Native youth each year. To learn more about how you can become a mentor at a local Club, or how your company can partner to impact youth in Indian Country, contact bgcans@bgca.org.

Donate to the Native American Sustainability Fund

When BGCA established Boys & Girls Clubs in Indian Country, Inc. in 2002, it also created the Native American Sustainability Fund. This fund operates as a subsidiary, so there are no overhead costs and every single dollar contributed is used to meet the needs of Native Clubs.

The fund’s three primary purposes are to:

  • Increase Native Club sustainability
  • Foster organizational growth
  • Provide technical support for all Native Clubs, including program and training resources.

Make a contribution today to add your name to the legacy of Boys & Girls Clubs in Indian Country.