The mission of the Boys & Girls Club of West Valley is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of America
have been serving children and youth for more than a century. There nearly 4 million girls and boys served annually around the world in more than 4,000 club locations.
THE BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF THE WEST VALLEY:
A Community Asset
The Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley sits in a challenging neighborhood for a child to grow up in:
- Approximately 75% of our members are enrolled in the free and reduced-cost lunch programs.
- There are only two after-school programs within a one-mile radius of the Club.
- Out of the 2,700 members of the Boys & Girls Club of the West San Fernando Valley, more than 65% of our main site members live in homes with an annual household income under $30,000.
- Twenty-five percent of the Club’s children come from single-parent households.
Organizations like the Boys & Girls Club are squeezed from two directions during challenging economic times: more young people are in desperate need of the Club’s services, while at the same time, financial donations to support its activities are more difficult to obtain than ever.
A Rocky Beginning: 1992-2003
The Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley was founded in 1992 by a group of
community leaders in response to the need for safe, affordable, educational and
productive activities for at-risk youth during non-school hours. For its first ten
years the Club did not have a home of its own, utilizing local schools’ space, but forced to move when the schools needed the space for their own needs.
A Decade of Growth: 2004-2014
In 2004, after years of fundraising, the Club purchased its own facility with the help of a grant from the state and assistance from a local business leader, Rickey Gelb. Located at 7245 Remmet Ave., Canoga Park, the Club is a two-story, 10,000-square-foot building.
Today the Club serves more than 800 total children daily throughout all of our locations!
Local support is particularly crucial because the national Boys & Girls Clubs of America does not subsidize the Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley; the West Valley Club depends largely on its own community for support.
It takes money to run a Boys & Girls Club – approximately $800 per child per year. The alternative: keeping a young adult in jail costs taxpayers $25,000 to $75,000 annually. The Boys & Girls Clubs’ proven delinquency-prevention programs are one of the best bargains in America.
Moving to the next level: 2014-
The Club is poised to reach the next level in its services to youth in terms of programs, facilities, and the numbers of young people it helps become positive, productive adults.
In order to provide teens – the most vulnerable segment of young people to negative influences and poor lifestyle choices – with their own Teen Center and their own programs, in late 2013 the Club bought a building directly across from the Main Clubhouse in Canoga Park.
All of these changes have, and will continue, to enhance the reputation and community support of this vital organization.