Boys & Girls Club of Clifton
The Boys & Girls Club of Clifton is dedicated to providing programs and services in a safe, supervised environment, to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as caring, productive and responsible citizens.
The Boys & Girls Club of Clifton, Inc. provides programs and services including preschool and after school day care for more than 5,110 children (approximately 1,025 on a daily basis). Our programs are presented by a trained, caring, professional staff and volunteers who help young people take control of their lives, envision productive futures and achieve their goals.
Programs encompass a wide variety of educational, social and recreational activities, including: life skills development and substance and violence abuse prevention programs; health and fitness programs; literacy activities, including library, tutoring and homework help; computer workshops, fine arts/theater arts and music; and, swimming and other sports. Leadership clubs for teens emphasize leadership training, prevention of substance abuse and community service.
HISTORY AND SERVICES
The Boys & Girls Club of Clifton provides a tangible measure of hope for our children, who are faced with a rapidly changing world, filled with more confusion and uncertainty than ever before. The Club offers young people what they need and want most – adults who respect and listen to them; a safe environment where they can have fun and be themselves; and interesting, constructive activities that channel youthful energy into challenging pursuits. A youth development strategy that fosters a sense of belonging, competence, usefulness and influence underlies all Club programs and builds self-confidence and self-esteem.
The Boys Club of Clifton, formed in 1947, and the Girls Club, formed in 1965, consolidated in 1986 to form a single unit, the Boys & Girls Club of Clifton, Inc. Through its predecessor organizations, for more than 63 years the Club has been in the forefront of youth development in this community. In addition to providing recreational and educational activities for all of our children, the Club has actively worked with young people from disadvantaged economic, social and family circumstances. The Club has sought to enrich the lives of girls and boys whom other youth agencies failed to reach. The Club is dedicated to ensuring that our community’s disadvantaged youngsters have greater access to quality programs and services that will enhance their lives and shape their futures.
The Club is part of a nationwide affiliation of local, autonomous organizations which comprise the 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 currently employs 19 full-time and over 144 part-time professional staff and numerous volunteers, offering daily access to a broad range of programs in five core program areas: Education and Career Development; Character and Leadership Development; Health and Life Skills; the Arts; and Sports, Fitness and Recreation.
The following programs are provided by the Club on a daily or seasonal basis:
- Preschool day care for children ages 21/2 to 5
- After school day care for kindergarten children, ages 5 and 6
- After school day care for grades 1 through 5
- After school program for middle school children ( grades 6 through 8)
- Leadership and community service programs for ages 13 to 18
- Summer program for all ages
- Swimming and other sports programs
Programs include a wide variety of educational, social and recreational activities, including: life skills development; substance and violence abuse prevention programs; health and fitness programs; literacy activities, including library, tutoring and homework help; workshops on computers; fine arts/theater arts, dance, music; and swimming, and other sports. Leadership clubs for teens emphasize leadership training, prevention of substance abuse and community service. In addition, the Club serves as a meeting place for many senior and non-profit organizations.