Boys & Girls Clubs can change lives

Through a variety of academic and recreational programs, BGCM empowers members to make productive use of their time and wise decisions in their lives. It’s how we’re opening doors for Memphis kids every day, at the positive place for kids.

Research shows that Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis have an immediate and long-lasting positive impact on our members’ lives. The proof of our effectiveness is in these statistics about our members:

  • In 2023, 100% of BGCM seniors have graduated from high school on time and with a plan for the future. Our Technical Training Center has produced a 100% job or college placement rate for its participants.
  • 75% of members report receiving mostly A’s & B’s
  • 94% of members said they can stand up for what is right
  • 98% of Club teens expect to graduate from high school
  • 75% of regularly attending members volunteer in their community
  • 97% of members said their ideas count in our Clubs

What makes a Boys & Girls Club so special?

  • Our doors are always open and no child is ever turned away
  • Membership dues are just $10 per person and no child is ever turned away
  • We recognize each child’s individual needs
  • Mentors work one-on-one with each child
  • Boys & Girls Club Staff are professionally trained
  • We believe, and have demonstrated, that positive influences work!
  • Children are encouraged to make appropriate decisions in all areas of their lives, not just socially and academically

Clubs are a sound investment, providing nearly $10 in benefits to the community for every dollar invested

A newly commissioned study by Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) found that Clubs are a sound investment, providing nearly $10 in benefits to the community for every dollar invested.

The study, conducted by the Institute for Social Research and the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan, found that every dollar invested in Boys & Girls Clubs returns $9.60 in current and future earnings, as well as cost-savings, to American communities. The biggest benefits are from Club members’ improved grades and reduced alcohol use and their parents’ earnings. Collectively, Clubs spend $1.4 billion annually on operating costs, resulting in $13.8 billion in lifetime benefits to youth, families and society.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis has been serving the youth who need us most for 56 years. By providing programs that focus on Academic Success, Good Character and Citizenship, and Healthy Lifestyles, Clubs have helped generations of young people achieve the great futures they deserve. Every year Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis spends $3 million on operating costs for six Club locations, creating $28,800,000 in economic benefits to youth, families, and the community.