Safer Childhoods

Safer Childhoods

Every young person deserves a safe, positive environment in which to learn and grow.

Feeling unsafe can lead to only thinking about surviving today and maybe tomorrow, making it nearly impossible to dream about a future. Boys & Girls Clubs believes all kids deserve to feel safe, not just in a Club, but everywhere.

“The Boys & Girls Club saved my life. Growing up in the projects of Newark, New Jersey, there were a lot of negative temptations – drugs, gangs, bad things. I learned how to become a people person, a team player, a nice guy, a protector, a leader – all because of the Boys & Girls Club.”

~ Shaquille O’Neal

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Feature: From Homeless to A Place of Hope

More than half of Boys & Girls Club alumni say the Club saved their life. Listen to how Mona’s Club saved hers. Read more.

“Boys & Girls Clubs were founded on providing a safe place for young people to grow, learn and have fun and BGCA has never wavered from this mission. As a member of the National Child & Club Safety Task Force and consultant to their safety efforts, I continue to be impressed by BGCA's innovative safety programs and commitment to maintaining a safe and secure environment for youth in all its Clubs.”

- Dr. Kathleen McChesney, safety consultant and former FBI Executive

Making An Impact

For some youth, drastic changes in their lives can be very unsettling when combined with other life challenges. Unfortunately these changes can lead to devastating decisions. Read about how you can help.

It’s no secret that the Internet can be a difficult place to navigate as a young person. From cyberbullying to online safety, learn how you can start to have a conversation about cyber safety.

When a tragedy does strike, it is important to talk with young people that have been directly or indirectly impacted. Here are some ways to talk with your child or teen about traumatic events.

Bullies regularly victimized Cynthia, crushing her self-esteem. Learn how this Club member let her experience be a catalyst for helping others.

Club alumni, Cassidy, was a foster child who sought refuge in her Club. Now she’s an advocate for improving the foster care system and wants other kids to know they’re not alone.

Check out stories from some of our Alumni Hall of Fame inductees on how the Club was a safe place for them.

“I had a difficult, challenging and confusing childhood. Throughout foster care and being with different families and households, I always wanted to come back to my Boys & Girls Club. Getting the chance to lead and see how much I’ve grown has completely changed my life.”

~ Cassidy L., Club alumni
2017-18 Pacific Youth of the Year.