Our Mission: To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.
For 25 years, Boys & Girls Club of Southeast Alabama has been in the forefront of youth development, working with young people from disadvantaged economic, social and family circumstances. The Boys & Girls Club of Southeast Alabama actively seeks to enrich the lives of girls and boys whom other youth agencies have difficulty in reaching. We are dedicated to ensuring that our community’s youngsters have access to quality programs and services that will enhance their lives and shape their futures.
The Boys & Girls Club of Southeast Alabama is part of a nationwide affiliation of local, autonomous organizations and Boys & Girls Clubs of America working to help youth of all backgrounds develop the qualities needed to become responsible citizens and leaders. It is facility-based and offers daily access to a broad range of programs in five core program areas: Character and Leadership Development; Education and Career Development; Health and Life Skills; The Arts; and Sports, Fitness and Recreation.
Our programs have taken regional awards each year for the past 11 years, including Best Overall Program (6 time recipient) , Sports, Fitness & Recreation Program (5 time recipient), Arts (4 time recipient), Health & Life skills (3 time recipient) and Education & Career Development (2 time recipient). Our Director and Executive Assistant are also regional award winners. Our Board of Directors has also won the Board Performance Award for the State of Alabama twice. Our Club received the 2012 Gateway Award (For highest increase in Average Daily Attendance) and the Club Advocacy Champion Award in 2019.
With the 2014 expansion of our main Club, we serve more of our local youth than ever before, and see them into young adulthood in a safe, caring environment.
There is nothing more important than the safety of our youth members. We work every day to create a safe, fun environment, so kids can have every opportunity to be successful in life.
We do not tolerate inappropriate behavior of any kind, including child sexual abuse or misconduct. From strict adherence to policies and guidelines within Club facilities and staffing structure, to equipping young people with the critical thinking and social-emotional skills to make healthy, safe choices, ensuring Club members are safe is the first step to success.
Boys & Girls Clubs of America continually updates and innovates robust safety policies, programs and training for local Club staff and volunteers that are designed to protect young people from threats that are present in our society. Through the national Child & Club Safety Department we implement layers of safety policies and guidelines to keep our kids safe including:
In summer of 2020, local Boys & Girls Clubs voted to adopt additional safety measures, to improve safety within Clubs. Many of these practices were already in place, however Boys & Girls Clubs determined these practices should be mandatory for all Clubs:
And much more. Learn more about safety policies and actions, and recent enhancements to strengthen safety at Clubs at https://www.bgca.org/about-us/~/link.aspx?_id=F5F1AB27E0F84ED68ABF2AE17575572F&_z=z
Mikaela is super excited to help Club members learn about healthy habits and the ARTS. She loves every opportunity she gets to help children grow and learn. Mikaela was also a Club kid!
Miss Olivia aka Ms. O works in the gamesroom and has worked with the BGC for 20 years. She loves and enjoys working with the children. After leaving the club, some return and find out that she is still here and remembers all the great times they have had!
Miss Nidia has been a part of the Boys and Girls Staff for over a year now and she has enjoyed it so much!
Ms. Jane is returning to us after a 3 year absence. She loves teaching kids how to use technology effectively and will support remote schooling for all our Club kids.
Miss Shuntelle or known by our members as Ms.B, works with the Ozark City Schools System as a specialized substitute teacher and is also our bus driver. She loves working with the youth in our city!