History and General Information

Boys & Girls Club of Lansing

The Boys & Girls Club of Lansing began in 1964 as the Boys Club of Lansing. Local businessmen established an activity center targeting underprivileged street youth. Affiliation with the Boys & Girls Club of America brought national program ideas, professional staff, and a philosophy of working with youth.

For more than 40 years the focus of this community agency has remained on youth from disadvantaged circumstances, who lack appropriate resources and role models for success in school and/or employment. The mission has broadened from recreation and socialization to include education in a broad range of life skill areas.

In 1988 a $1,300,000 Capital Campaign built the current facility in the south-side of the city on Pleasant Grove Rd. The location was chosen because of it's high density of youth and need for additional recreational and family support services. In 1990, the building and program began operating for 800 youth.

Since the opening of the present facility in June 1990, over 25,000 youth have been served. Over 3,000 volunteers have contributed almost 40,000 hours of expertise and over 60 community organizations have undertaken program collaboration.

General Information

In an age of difficult challenges for youth and families, the work of the Boys & Girls Club of Lansing has enabled us to become one of the major stabilizing influences on the youth of Lansing. The Boys & Girls Club of Lansing is widely recognized as the premier agency serving youth from disadvantaged circumstances. Relying on the dedication of our personnel-both paid and volunteer-and the efficient use of facilities, the Boys & Girls Club can provide quality programs for youth between the ages of 7 - 17. An important factor in the success of the Boys & Girls Club of Lansing is its recognition that many youth fail because they do not have a sense of self-esteem. Thus, the Boys & Girls Club of Lansing employs a Youth Development Strategy. Club programs and services promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling:

A Sense of Competence The feeling there is something boys and girls can do and do well

A Sense of Usefulness The opportunity to do something of value for other people

A Sense of Belonging A setting where young people know they "fit" and are accepted.

A Sense of Power or Influence A chance to be heard and to influence decisions.

When this strategy is fully implemented, self-esteem is enhanced and an environment is created which helps girls and boys achieve their full potential.