Since 1892, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Syracuse has provided our community’s youth with many varying life-altering programs aimed at helping them become responsible citizens. We serve more than 1,000 youth at four Club locations; offering kids a safe environment, with outcome-driven programs proven to have a positive impact on their lives.

Through our programs, we enable our youth to reach their full potential as healthy, productive adults. Our programs engage young people in activities with adults, peers and family members that enable them to learn powerful life skills and introduce them to new experiences. Each program falls under five core areas: character & leadership development; education & career development; health & life skills; sports, fitness & recreation; and the arts.

Our Clubs are open each day after school and serve school-aged youth. Research has shown that during this time of day, children are most vulnerable to gangs, violence, and other risky behaviors. We promise our kids a great future by not only keeping them safe and off the streets but by giving them opportunities to change their lives!

Our Mission

To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

Our Vision

Boys & Girls Club will seek to make a positive and life-long impact on our community’s children. Young people will have a safe place to go every day after school.

Our proactive, preventive programs will be of the highest quality and responsiveness in order to guide children beyond the snares and stumbling blocks in their lives. We will support them with consistent encouragement, professional guidance and instruction and life-changing opportunities. Club experiences will cultivate understanding and appreciation of a diversity of cultures. Club members will become successful, productive and caring citizens…

How we help others will be our measure of success. We will not only equip our young people with a membership card, but with a vision and moral compass. Individually and collectively, we will form a constant in the lives of our children…

Core Beliefs

A Boys & Girls Clubs provide:

  • A safe place to learn and grow
  • Ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals
  • Life-enhancing programs and character developing experiences
  • Hope and opportunity

Youth Development Strategy

Club programs and services promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling:

  • A sense of competence
  • The feeling there is something boys and girls can do and do well
  • A sense of usefulness
  • The opportunity to do something of value for other people
  • A sense of belonging
  • A setting where young people know they “fit” and are accepted
  • A sense of power or influence
  • A chance to be heard and to influence decisions

When this strategy is fully implemented, self-esteem is enhanced and an environment is created which helps girls and boys achieve their full potential.

The Boys & Girls Club Code

I believe in God and the right to worship according to my own faith and religion.
I believe in America and the American way of life…in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
I believe in fair play, honesty and sportsmanship.
I believe in my Boys & Girls Club, which stands for these things.