Important News & Upcoming Events
- From Juvy to NFL, banker credits Boys & Girls Club
One Saturday night, Richard Fain found himself in an uncomfortable position. He stared at the ceiling from a bunk bed in juvenile detention.
He was around 13 years old and had been picked up for stealing a Polo shirt and shorts while with friends at Edison Mall in Fort Myers.
My mom taught me better than this, he thought.
Up until that time, his friends fell into two categories: kids who dabbled in shoplifting and would soon graduate to selling drugs and kids who competed in sports, like the young men he played basketball with at the first Boys & Girls Club in Lee County.
"That was really the turning point in my life," said Fain, 46. "I could go the straight and narrow and pursue education [More...]
- Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County looking for summer camp supply donations
FORT MYERS, Fla. (May 8, 2014) – The Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County is looking for donations of supplies to help stock its Summer Enrichment Programs in Fort Myers and Bonita Springs.
Each summer, the BGGLC provides 400 of its members the opportunity to participate in the clubs’ Summer Enrichment Programs that address the “summer learning loss” experienced by at-risk and underserved youth. The Clubs provide academically focused activities to ensure its members continue to make positive gains in their education, and high-yield learning opportunities to promote creativity and participation in the arts. Free, nutritious lunches and snacks are provided daily during the camps to keep tummies full and minds sharp, while daily recreation and sports sessions help youth stay [More...]
- Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County announce Poker Tournament sponsors
FORT MYERS, Fla. (May 5, 2014) – Scanlon Auto Group has signed on to be the World Champion Sponsor of this year’s Texas Hold ‘Em No Limit Poker Tournament, scheduled for Saturday, June 21 at 5 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel located at 13051 Bell Tower Drive in Fort Myers.
Additional sponsors for the event include Total Electric Contracting, Knox Business Solutions, the Law Firm of David Goldberg, Northwestern Mutual, Owen Ames and Kimble, Quattrone and Associations, and Charlie Todd Investment Consulting.
“We’re tremendously thankful for the support we’ve gained from local businesses,” said Justin Stockman, event chair and BGCLC board member. “It’s a great feeling knowing that we’re working together as a community of individuals who believe in the [More...]
|Mission Statement: to enable all young people, especially those who need us the most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.
Since 1974 the Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County has helped strengthen the community by providing a safe, positive, constructive place for youth. The Clubs offer young people a wide variety of educational, recreational, cultural, and social programs. We seek to enrich the lives of the youth we serve and foster opportunities for personal growth and achievement.
The Boys & Girls Clubs is an afterschool and summer enrichment program for boys and girls 6 to 18 years old. We operate 7 sites throughout Lee County and serve over 1,700 youth a year. These youth rely on the Clubs and the staff to guide them through their adolescents and provide the structure for successful adult lives. Many of these youth live at or below the poverty line and in many instances are being raised by a single parent. Though they face many obstacles the Club is a constant positive in their lives. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County is committed to helping those who need us the most BE GREAT!
These statistics reflect the results of the Florida Tax Watch Research Institute and internal studies of Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County youth members. They demonstrate the positive impact Boys & Girls Clubs programs have on the youth we serve.
- Learning gains in reading and mathematics for Club members was greater than that of their peer student population
- The dropout rate for Club members was lower than that of their peer student population
- Club members had a lower rate of absenteeism at all grade levels and significantly lower rates of serious criminal offenses
- 91% of Club members maintained or improved their overall grade point average in school
- 86% of Club members gain knowledge of nutrition and healthy living habits