Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis

Rating: 4.83 stars   24 reviews


44 S Rembert St Memphis TN 38104 USA


"To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens." Through a variety of academic and recreational programs, BGCM empowers members to make productive use of their time and wise decisions in their lives. It’s how we’re opening doors for Memphis kids every day, at the positive place for kids.


REAL IMPACT, MEASURABLE RESULTS When we say we're opening doors to opportunity we mean it. Just look at all we accomplished in 2014! A Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis Card Changes Lives Research shows that Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis have an immediate and long-lasting positive impact on our members’ lives. The proof of our effectiveness is in these statistics about our members: In 2012, we graduated 100% of our seniors, compared to Memphis City Schools’ average of 72% 68% of our seniors attended college this fall on scholarship, 8 enlisted in the armed forces 100% of Technical Training Center graduates have been placed in jobs or higher education 2 years running Our students introduced President Obama and made the front page of the Washington Post 81% experienced an increase in homework completion 87% experienced a decrease in school absences 50% experienced a decrease in teen pregnancy 57% of alumni say that the Club saved their lives What makes the Boys & Girls Clubs special? Our doors are always open and no child is ever turned away Membership dues are just $10 per person No child is ever turned away We recognize each child’s individual needs Mentors work one-on-one with each child Boys & Girls Club Staff are professionally trained We believe, and have demonstrated, that positive influences work! Children are encouraged to make appropriate decisions in all areas of their lives, not just socially and academically Did You Know... More than 82% of each dollar we raise goes directly to programs for our kids. In neighborhoods where there is a Boys & Girls Club present, there is a 25% reduction in the presence of crack cocaine, a 22% reduction in overall drug activity and a 13% reduction in juvenile crime. More than 1000 teens have been employed through our Job Ready program, training them as future members of our adult workforce. Our Project Learn program increases overall GPA by 15%. Help us open doors and make a difference. Donate or volunteer today.

Target demographics:

Greater Memphis Youth

Direct beneficiaries per year:

Over 3,500 youth ages 6-18

Geographic areas served:

Character & Leadership Development empowers youth to support and influence their community by fostering fundamental integrity, meaningful relationships and a positive self-image. Education & Career Development enables youth to leverage education and technology into future employment opportunities. Healthy Life Skills promote positive behavior that helps kids nurture their own well-being, sets personal goals and develop the self-sufficiency to grow into responsible adults. The Arts encourages creative exploration and cultural awareness through knowledge and appreciation of arts and crafts, performing arts and creative writing. Sports, Fitness & Recreation develops fitness, social skills and teamwork, while promoting the positive use of leisure time through healthy exercise. Through these and other programs, including our Juice Plus+ Technical Training Center and fun summer excursions at Camp Phoenix, members are equipped with the skills and values that they need to seize important opportunities and achieve success.


CHARACTER & LEADERSHIP TRAINING Leadership programs empower youth to support and influence their club and community, sustain meaningful relationships and develop a positive self-image. Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis members have the opportunity to learn planning, decision-making and ways to contribute to the Club and the greater Memphis community. Keystone Club Keystone Clubs are chartered leadership and service clubs for boys and girls ages 14 to 18. Keystone Club members elect officers and implement activities in six areas; Service to Club and community, Character and leadership development, Education and career exploration, Unity, Free enterprise, Social recreation. Keystone Club members and their advisors can be nominated to steering committees that organize regional and national Keystone Conferences attended by thousands of Keystone members each year. Keystone Club Awards are bestowed annually on Keystone Clubs that implement programs and activities that best promote the Keystone Club principles. Each year, hundreds of local Keystone Clubs work together on a service project known as the National Keystone Project. Torch Club This small-group leadership development program, sponsored by Staples, is targeted for youngsters ages 11-13. Within some 700 Torch Clubs across the country that each receives an official charter from Boys & Girls Clubs of America, members elect officers and plan and implement their own activities and community service projects. Street SMART serves as the National Project for Torch Clubs annually and is available for all Boys & Girls Clubs to support. Youth of the Year Sponsored by The Reader's Digest Foundation, the National Youth of the Year Program is designed to promote and recognize service to Club and community, academic performance and contributions to family and spiritual life. The local Memphis organization selects a Youth of the Year who receives a certificate and medallion and then enters state competition. State winners receive a plaque and enter the regional competition. Regional winners receive a $5,000 scholarship and enter a national competition held in Washington, D.C. The National Youth of the Year receives an additional $10,000 scholarship and is installed by the President of the United States. EDUCATION AND CAREER ADVANCEMENT The top priority of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis is educational advancement. We are preparing students to open doors to educational opportunities and step confidently into their futures. We are pleased to announce that this year the Boys & Girls Clubs of Memphis graduated a record 100% of our seniors! Of those seniors, 40 are attending college on scholarships, 12 are entering the armed forces and still others will participate in certification courses at our Technical Training Center. We promote education through a number of initiatives that prepare youth to take on academic challenges: Power Hour A comprehensive homework help and tutoring program, Power Hour is designed to raise the academic proficiency of Club members by ensuring that they have scheduled time each week to study with the supervision and assistance of a certified educational tutor. Tutoring After-school tutoring is available to all Club members. Club Tech Club Tech provides all Boys & Girls Clubs with state-of –the-art software; a comprehensive array of programs to help Club professionals build members’ computer skills and integrate technology in all Core Program Areas helping young people develop the technology skills necessary to succeed in school and the job market. Project Learn Project Learn reinforces and enhances the skills and knowledge young people learn at school through "high-yield" learning activities at the Club and in the home. Those activities include leisure reading, writing activities, homework help and games like Scrabble®, which develop young people's cognitive skills. Emphasizing collaborations between Club staff, parents and school personnel, Project Learn is based on Dr. Reginald Clark's research that shows that fun but academically beneficial activities increase academic performance. Formally evaluated by Columbia University, Project Learn has been proven to boost the academic performance of Club members. Studies have shown this program can raise GPAs by 15% when delivered effectively. CLUBService The result of a partnership between Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the Corporation for National Service (AmeriCorps) CLUBService provides education awards to Club members ages 17 and 18 and Club alumni ages 19 through 24 who serve their Clubs and communities. CLUBService recognizes young people's service, helps them access higher education opportunities and encourages them to pursue future careers as Club professionals. Money Matters: Money Matter promotes financial responsibility among Club members ages 13-18 by building their basic money management skills.

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Reviews for Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis

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The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis provide an essential service to this city. By providing these kids with a supportive, healthy place to spend their after school hours, the Clubs fight many of the negative influences our youth come up against. The Technical Training Center should be a model for other after school organizations: these trainees are given so many resources to find jobs and post-high school education.

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I am a volunteer teaching pool at the Oakhaven Boys and Girls club and very aware of the everyday operations. I am impressed that these clubs do extensive background and drug testing on volunteers and employees protecting the youth. I have been teaching at this club now for about two years and Miss Evelyn Young, the executive director, takes great personal pride and care in running this facility. The equipment is always maintained, the facility is always clean and there are always improvements taking place. She deals with all issues quickly and fairly while maintaining a positive, controlled and safe environment. The Oakhaven youth enjoy many in-house programs and sports that keeps members very busy. Miss Evelyn has also created a program for older youth on Friday nights keeping them off the streets. She is creative and always looking for new ways to help her kids. I am proud to be associated with this club and will continue into the future. Memphis needs more of these facilities and caring, concerned directors like Miss Young.

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This is a much needed organization especially when we have so much crime in Memphis! It's time we start teaching these children and teens how to become caring and successful members of society!

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I have been working with the Boys and Girls Club for the past several years and have been so blessed by the work they do for these precious children. They truly have a servants heart for these kids and anytime I stop by there everyone has a smile. You can tell they are devoted to serving their community by offering opportunities to children that wouldn't receive them any other way. I hear stories from these kids saying they never would have never had the hope of graduating high school without the encouragement and programs offered from the Boys and Girls Club. I am so grateful to this organization and their staff for all that they do!! Angie Breland

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I have been with the Hickory Hill (Bernal E. Smith) club for about a year and can not think of a better way to serve to the city of Memphis. It is true that our children are our future, and the Boys and Girls clubs of Greater Memphis provide an environment that cultivates learning. The most recent statistics (2009) that I've seen show the graduation rate for Boys and Girls Clubs seniors at 98.8% versus 61% for Memphis City Schools. Education is a key part to success later in life, and these kids will be ready for the challenge.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

not just the statistics but also in the kids themselves. The 2011 Youth of the Year, Shannon Wright, was as impressive a 17 year old that you will ever meet. She was confident and well spoken and was thankful for being part of her club.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand it. Every child in the city should have the opportunity to be a part of the Boys and girls clubs, and that takes money.

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