The Boys & Girls Club of Charlotte County, Inc was incorporated in 1997 and is a member organization of the Boys & Girls Club of America. A Board of Directors consisting of community, business and civic leaders governs the club.
The mission of the Boys & Girls Club of Charlotte County is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us the most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.
The Boys & Girls Club of Charlotte County will be recognized as the premiere youth development agency for providing the most accessible life enhancing quality programs and services throughout Charlotte County.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s national programs have taken members from the Clubhouse to the White House; from the games room to the corporate boardroom; from the high school orchestra to Carnegie Hall.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Charlotte County has a lineup of tested and proven recognized programs that address today’s most pressing youth issues, teaching young people the skills they need to succeed in life.
As the needs of our children and their families continue to change — so will the dynamics of our programs and services. Every day, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Charlotte County strive to improve each child’s life by implementing self-esteem, courage, and positive values through all of our educational programs.
Our Boys & Girls Clubs programs are directed by our trained staff and are specifically targeted to the following core areas:
- Character & Leadership Development - Youth of the Year, Torch Club, Jr. staff Development, and Keystone Club.
The Character & Leadership Development Programs empower youth to support and influence their Club & Community, sustain meaningful relationships, develop a positive self-image, participate in the democratic process, and respect their own and other’s cultural identities.
- The Arts - Arts & Crafts, Dance, Drama class, Fine Arts, Digital Arts, and Knitting.
The Arts Programs enable youth to develop their creativity and cultural awareness through increased knowledge and appreciation of visual and tactile arts and crafts, performing arts and creative writing.
- Education and Career Development - Power Hour, Kids in College, Keys to the Future, Project Connect, Project Learn, and Kiwanis Adventures in Learning.
The Education and Career Development Programs enable youth to become proficient in basic educational disciplines. The educational programs relate to everyday situations and help the children develop skills in technology to optimize employability.
- Sports, Fitness, and Recreation - Basketball Leagues, Judo, Climbing Wall, Field Trips, and Swimming.
The Sports, Fitness and Recreation Programs help members develop habIts that nurture fitness, positive use of their leisure time, skills for stress management, an appreciation for the environment, and social and interpersonal skills.
- Health & Life Skills - SMART Moves, SMART Girls, Passport to Manhood, and Rotary Kids Café.
The Health and Life Skills develop the capacity to engage in positive behaviors that nurture the child’s well being. The activities teach them how to set personal goals and develop the competencies to live successfully as self-sufficient adults.
- 21st Century Community Learning Center:
In 2009, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Charlotte County was awarded a 21st Century Community Learning Center by the Florida of Department of Education. The grant established learning centers at our Family Services Center/Port Charlotte Club, Port Charlotte High School, LA Ainger Middle School Unit, Murdock Middle School, Vineland Elementary and Myakka River Elementary. Programs & activities in the learning center are centered around education and life enrichment & enhancement. The goals of the program are to improve academic achievement, physical, cultural and social well-being of the participants along with involving parent & family in the education process.
Our youth come to the Boys & Girls Clubs to receive tutoring, computer training, sports education, and mentoring. Our youths gain confidence by developing a sense of usefulness and belonging. If you are looking for an exciting place for your children to learn and grow, or if you are interested in volunteering, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Charlotte County has something for you.
Find more about the Boys & Girls Clubs by exploring this website or our National Office. Information about programs, locations, and volunteer and donation opportunities, are posted throughout our website. We hope you find everything you’re looking for when you join the Boys & Girls Clubs of Charlotte County.
We currently serve approximately 350 youth annually. Membership is open to all boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 18, regardless of race, religion, creed, national origin, or social or economic background.
The Boys & Girls Club of Charlotte County currently operates two (2) clubs, four (2) Extensions and six (6) 21st CCLC sites.
CLUBS: Port Charlotte Club – LA Ainger Club
21st CCLC Sites: Port Charlotte High School, Murdock Middle School, LA Ainger Middle School, Family Services Center, Myakka River Elementary and Vineland Elementary
Extensions: Port Charlotte Middle School & Punta Gorda Middle School