In every community, boys and girls are left to find their own recreation and companionship in the streets. An increasing number of children are at home with no adult care or supervision. Young people need to know that someone cares about them.
Since 1974, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Minnesota has provided hope and opportunity to tens of thousands of young people. Our programs and services promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence.
More than 25 nationally tested and proven programs are available in the areas of education, the environment, health, the arts, careers, drug and alcohol prevention, leadership development, and athletics. These programs address today’s most pressing youth issues teaching young people the skills they need to succeed in life.
Mission Statement: The mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Minnesota is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.
Character and Leadership Development
Programs in this core area empower youth to support and influence their Club and community, sustain meaningful relationships with others, develop a positive self-image and good character, participate in the democratic process, and respect their own and others’ cultural identities. Learn more.
Education and Career Development
Programs in this core area enable youth to become proficient in basic educational disciplines, set goals, explore careers, prepare for employment and embrace technology to achieve success in a career. Learn more.
Health and Life Skills
Programs in this core area develop young people’s capacity to engage in positive behaviors that nurture their own well-being, set personal goals and live successfully as self-sufficient adults. Learn more.
Programs in this area enable youth to develop their creativity and cultural awareness through knowledge and appreciation of visual arts, crafts, performing arts and creative writing. Learn more.
Sports, Fitness, and Recreation
Programs in this area develop fitness, positive use of leisure time, skills for stress management, appreciation for the environment and social skills. Learn more.
Specialized Program Initiatives
These initiatives focus on meeting significant, specific needs that have been identified within the Boys & Girls Club Movement. Because their scope is broad, they relate to or complement several or all the core program areas. Learn more.
Attention all military families! The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Minnesota is providing FREE Club memberships for families with caregivers who are National Guard, reserve, active, deployed or returning military personnel. Or, if you would like to register your child(ren) for KIDSTOP, we are offering a $10 discount on registration per child, per calendar year.
In this time of global conflict, military families need our support. More than two-thirds of active duty military families live off-post. Mission: Youth Outreach provides a powerful, yet easy way to help families under stress. Children in these families face special challenges, from long separations to worries about parents’ safety. These youth need the stability and predictability of Boys & Girls Club programs. They need the caring guidance that Club staff provide. And they need the chance to relax and have fun – all while trying new activities, learning new skills and exploring career paths.
Please fill out the Mission: Youth Outreach membership voucher (PDF), save it and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org or bring it in along with your child’s registration form to your site or the administrative office. For more information on how to register your child for free Boys & Girls Club services, please contact us at 320-252-7616 or stop in at one of our Clubs or KIDSTOP sites.