Mission: To inspire and empower all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens.
Programs: The terry erickson boys & girls club is the oldest club in the la crosse area. It began in 1966 in a church basement and grew to become the club it is today. The erickson club is the largest of all of the la crosse clubs and houses our administrative offices, as well as many of our athletic programs. This club serves members in kindergarten through 12th grade.
opening it's doors in 2005, the amie. L mathy boys & girls club is a unique site because of it's location on the viterbo university campus in la crosse. This location has allowed the mathy boys & girls club to develop partnerships with many viterbo university programs, in turn giving mathy members the opportunity to develop positive relationships with the viterbo university students. The mathy club serves members in 3rd grade through 12th grade.
the west salem boys & girls club was opened in 2007 and is currently located in a church adjacent to village park in west salem. This location has been wonderful for our members, who use the park for programming on a daily basis. This club serves members in kindergarten through 12th grade.
the boys & girls clubs of greater la crosse has a total of seven locations in the la crosse area, including sites in la crescent, minnesota, the schuh-mullen low income housing development, the huber homes low income housing development, and hamilton elementary school. Our sites serve members in kindergarten through 12th grade. An annual club membership costs 20. 00 and grants access to all seven of our sites and the programming provided at those sites. Our clubs are open for after school programming during the school year and have extended hours in the summer. The boys & girls clubs of greater la crosse take a proactive approach to healthy youth development through the facilitation of positive relationships between young people, their peers, and adult leaders, and specialized programming. Our clubs focus on youth programming in three core areas: academic success, character and leadership development, and healthy lifestyles. Within those core areas, our clubs conduct boys & girls clubs of america national programs, as well as locally developed programs. Some of the national programs we run are smart girls, wize guyz, triple play, and power hour. Smart girls and wize guyz are gender specific character and leadership development programs for members in 6th - 12th grade. Through these programs, members explore their own attitudes and societal values in the areas of healthy life styles, self esteem, decision making, life skills, alcohol/drug use, gangs, healthy relationships, conflict resolution, diversity and leadership. Triple play is a program for all ages and is focused on three areas of health and wellness: physical fitness, healthy eating, and social recreation. In this program, members participate in gym, games room, and cooking activities. Power hour is club time dedicated to academic success. During power hour, members can receive help with their homework or participate in educational activities and games which extend what they are learning in school. In addition to the bgca national programs, our clubs run daily activities in our many program areas. Members are able to participate in structured activities and free time in the art room, games room, computer lab, teen center, gym, and playground. We have also developed a number of community partnerships which allow our members to experience a variety of learning activities such as swimming, martial arts, hiking, skiing, and other field trips. Whether it is a boys & girls clubs of america national program or local program, members have a large selection of activities to participate in every day at the club. In addition to our after school and summer programs, our clubs host a large selection of youth developmental athletic programs for youth ages 4 through 16, including tackle football, flag football, basketball, wrestling, baseball, softball, and tee ball. Through our athletic programs, members work closely with qualified and dedicated coaches and learn the skills necessary for the sport, the importance of teamwork, and good sportsmanship. Many of the club's athletic programs are run out of the erickson club, however, there are some athletic activities offered at additional sites, such as la crescent and west salem. Overall, the boys & girls clubs of greater la crosse annually serves nearly 3,500 area youth through our after school and athletic programs. We are able to create positive relationships with these youth and through our fun and interactive programming, teach them valuable life skills within our three core program areas.