Today, Boys & Girls Clubs of America is the largest Native youth service provider in the nation, with more than 227 Clubs reaching over 120,000 Native youth in American Indian, Alaska Native, American Samoan, and Hawaiian tribal communities. Native Clubs prioritize the well-being of youth, families, communities and staff through culture, life-enhancing programs and mentorship that fosters resiliency for Native young people and meets the needs of the community.
Great Futures in Native Communities
At Boys & Girls Clubs of America, we respect and honor the right of Native people to control their own futures. Our Clubs celebrate the unique strengths of Native communities and work in partnership with tribes to support young people in being resilient, healthy and successful. Our national programs are adapted and modified to integrate Native culture and further empower customization to reflect local tribal communities. In addition to programming that supports skill-building and character development, Native youth find safe places, caring staff, hope and opportunity at the Club.
Of the kids and teens who regularly attend a Native Club:
94% expect to graduate from high school.
95% say they try to help when they see someone having a problem.
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. With the three primary purposes to:
Increase Native Club sustainability
Foster organizational growth
Provide technical support for all Native Clubs, including program and training resources.
Your tax-deductible donation will help preserve Boys & Girls Clubs on Native Lands while ensuring Native American youth have opportunities to create Great Futures. Visit naclubs.org to learn more about the Movement within Native Clubs.
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Recent headlines regarding what happened during the 150+ year existence of federal Indian boarding schools are a stark reminder of the generational trauma that Native American communities, families and young people face in this nation – and how culture, a critical component of Boys & Girls Clubs on Native lands, is vital to youth identity and carrying Native heritage forward.