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With more working parents and single parent families across the United States over 15 million children are alone and unsupervised after school and throughout the summer. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley offers youth development programs to over 3,400 members, ages 3 – 14 at our six Clubs before and after school, during weekend youth sports leagues, plus at our summer camps.
 
Our Clubs are located on elementary and middle school campuses on a long-term lease and joint use agreement with school districts. There are plans to open additional facilities on elementary and middle school campuses throughout the next few years throughout the Conejo and Las Virgenes areas.
 
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley relies upon the philanthropic support of individuals, corporations and foundations in order to sustain and grow its services, plus provide the needed financial support to all members, including those with economic hardship, assuring no child is ever turned away. Dollars generated for the Clubs help build a stronger future for the youth of today and the leaders of tomorrow.
 
The Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), established in 1860, is a national non-profit youth organization comprised of more than 4,000 Boys & Girls Clubs – facilities that help approximately 3.6 million young people connect with opportunities for personal growth and achievement. It's the fastest-growing youth development organization, and has chartered more than 1,500 new Clubs since 1997.

Mission

The Club offers young people what they need and want most: adults who respect and listen to them; a safe environment where they can have fun and be themselves; and interesting, constructive activities that channel their energy into challenging pursuits. To ensure that youth leave the Clubs as well-rounded individuals with a plan for the future, Clubs are focusing efforts on three key outcome areas: Academic Success, Good Character and Citizenship, and Healthy Lifestyles. All Boys & Girls Club programs are based on a youth development strategy that builds self-confidence and self-esteem, and fosters a sense a belonging, competence, usefulness and influence. Our Clubs offer programs in five core areas. Club members choose from several program areas, which activities they like. All programs have a youth development professional for supervision. Program activities are offered in five core areas:
 
1. Character and Leadership Development
This area empowers youth to support and influence their Club and community, sustain meaningful relationships with others, develop a positive self-image, participate in the democratic process and respect their own and others' cultural identities.
 
2. Education and Career Development
Enables youth to become proficient in basic educational disciplines apply learning to everyday situations and embrace technology. 
 
3. Health and Life Skills
Develops young people's capacity to engage in positive behaviors that nurture their own well-being, set personal goals and develop the competencies to live successfully as self-sufficient adults. 
 
4. The Arts
Enables youth to develop their creativity and cultural awareness through knowledge and appreciation of visual and tactile arts and crafts, performing arts and creative writing. 
 
5. Sports, Fitness and Recreation
This area develops fitness, positive use of leisure time, skills for stress management, appreciation for the environment and social and interpersonal skills. 

History

The Boys & Girls Clubs of AmericaThe Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), established in 1860, is a national non-profit youth organization comprised of more than 4,000 Boys & Girls Clubs – facilities that help approximately 3.6 million young people connect with opportunities for personal growth and achievement. It's the fastest-growing youth development organization, and has chartered more than 1,500 new Clubs since 1997.
Forbes, Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report, and SmartMoney have all ranked BGCA among the top charitable organizations in America based on cost-effective use of donor dollars. For the last two years, Worth magazine ranked BGCA as one of America 's top 100 charities, based on financial efficiency, strength or reputation, and program effectiveness.
To learn more about The Boys & Girls Clubs of America, visit BCGA.org.
 
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley was formed to serve the more than 30,000 young people of our communities, providing them with excellent, time-tested programs that offer leadership training, character development, and programs in the arts, sports and fitness. We currently have six locations in Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park, Agoura Hills, and Calabasas.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley is led by a distinguished Board of Governors and Advisory Council, which represents a wide range of community leaders committed to enhancing the resources for the youth in our area.

The organization was founded by Cal Johnston, a local resident and community leader, and Chairman of The Johnston Group, in Calabasas. Johnston is a national trustee of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and saw the need for Clubs in the Conejo and Las Virgenes area.
 
Club Supporters
Supporters include leading elected officials and community leaders, and a wide range of parents, teachers, school administrators and community members. But we still have a long way to go. The Clubs need broad philanthropic support from individuals, groups and corporations.