Boys & Girls Clubs of America had its

beginnings in 1860 with three women

in Hartford, Connecticut - Mary Goodwin,

Alice Goodwin and Elizabeth Hammersley.

Believing that boys who roamed the

streets should have a positive alternative,

they organized the first Club. With

character development as the cornerstone

of the experience, the Club focused on

capturing boys interests, improving their

behavior and increasing their personal

expectations and goals.  A cause was born.

History Highlights

In 1906, several Boys Clubs decided to affiliate. The Federated Boys Clubs in Boston was formed with 53 member organizations – this marked the start of a nationwide Movement and our national organization.

In 1931, the Boys Club Federation of America became Boys Clubs of America.

In 1956, Boys Clubs of America celebrated its 50th anniversary and received a U.S. Congressional Charter.

To recognize the fact that girls are a part of our cause, the national organization's name was changed to Boys & Girls Clubs of America in 1990. Accordingly, Congress amended and renewed our charter.

2006 marked the Centennial year of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, as we celebrated 100 years of providing hope and opportunity to young people across the country.