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Frequently Asked Questions:

Q. What is the Boys & Girls Club?
Boys & Girls Clubs have been providing youth development programs for children since 1865. Clubs provide year-round positive, fun and safe places and programs for all kids 6 - 18, helping them to build self-esteem and develop skills necessary to make right choices, become responsible and productive citizens. Core programs include:

  • Character & Leadership Development
  • The Arts
  • Education & Career Development
  • Sports, Fitness & Recreation
  • Health & Life Skills

Q. Where are Clubs located throughout the State of Florida?
Currently, there are 41 Boys & Girls Club organizations located in 55 of Florida’s 67 Counties from Key West to Pensacola. In addition, there are 253 Club facilities (241 Traditional Clubs – 12 Military Clubs – 1 Native American Club) that serve over 161,000 youth between the ages of 6 and 18 annually. See this Web Site for contact information for a Club near you.

Q. How are member organizations of the Florida Alliance funded?

  • Private Sector Funding (38%): (Bequest, Corporations, Foundations and Trusts, Individual Contributions, Special Events)
  • Government Income (35%) : Federal Income (Pass through from Boys & Girls Clubs of
    America), Federal Grants/Programs, State Grants, Local and Tribal Government Income
  • Remaining Income (24%): Investment Income, United Way, Member Dues/Fees, Value of Contributed Services

Q. How much does it cost to be a member of a local Boys & Girls Club?
While the cost to provide services to members is well over a thousand dollars per child, local Clubs offer a very affordable fee, for much less, to families in need of its services. Boys & Girls Clubs throughout the state are open every day afterschool from 2:00 – 8:00 pm and all day (8:00 am – 6:00 pm) on school holidays and during the summer months. NO CHILD is ever turned away due to the families’ inability to pay.

Q. What does a typical day look like at one of your Clubs?
When members arrive after school, they immediately begin Power Hour, which is one hour dedicated to homework and studying. During this time, members receive assistance and tutoring from staff and volunteers. After Power Hour, members may participate in a variety of activities such as arts & crafts, play fun games in the Computer Lab; draw, play foosball, ping pong or pool in the Games Room; participate in outside recreations; sing, act, dance in the Performing Arts Room; and much more. During the summer every day is different and may include day-long field trips, guest presenters, outdoor activities and various group events.

Q. Is transportation from my child’s school to the Club provided?
Transportation from various schools to Club facilities statewide is provided. In the event that your child attends a school where transportation is not provided, you are responsible for getting your child to the Club. To learn whether transportation is provided from your child’s school to his or her Boys & Girls Club, please reference the Our Members section of the Web Site for information on Club locations. Regardless, parents are ALWAYS responsible for picking up their child from the Club. For the most part, transportation IS NOT provided during the summer months.

Q. Are snacks or meals provided?
Most Clubs provide some sort of snack or meal during the school term. During the summer and school holidays, most Clubs also provide some type of snack and meal (breakfast/lunch). The majority of Clubs also allow children to bring their lunch/snack if they choose to do so.

Q. Are Clubs closed on holidays?
What about Spring Break, Winter Break, teacher planning days and early-release days? The majority of Clubs are closed on all major holidays but do offer programs for Club members during Spring Break and Winter Break, as specified by the individual county school year calendars. To best accom-modate members and their families, most Clubs are open on teacher planning days from early morning to early evening. All Clubs also open early on early-release days during the school year. Please direct any questions regarding Club hours on specific dates to a local Club near you.

Q. How can I help?
Make a donation of your time, talents and resources.

Q. How can I make a donation?
Go to on-line donations on this website, call the Club with a credit card or mail your donation to the Alliance Mailing address noted on the Web Site. All donations are tax deductible.

Q. How can I volunteer with the kids?
Call your local Club and ask to speak with someone regarding Volunteer opportunities. They will be glad to assist you.

 

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