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Who We Are

Since 1944, Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida has helped inspire hope and opportunity in those who need it most – at-risk children in our local community.

We provide safe places to learn and grow for nearly 14,000 children between the ages of 6 and 18 every year. At each of our 31 Clubs in Brevard, Nassau, Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties, core youth development programs are offered to meet the diverse needs and interests of our members.

Did you know that 75 percent of our youth exercise at least 30 minutes per day and that 95 percent report not having experienced bullying at the Club? Check out “The Club In Numbers 2016.” Great Futures Start at BGCCF.

Our Mission

To inspire and enable all young people, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.

Club Code

I believe in God and the right to worship according to my own faith and religion. I believe in America and the American way of life…in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. I believe in fair play, honesty and sportsmanship. I believe in my Boys & Girls Club, which stands for these things.

Core Values

BE SAFE

We practice safe behaviors, take actions to put safety first and speak up to ensure both the physical and emotional safety of others.

BE FUN

We embrace enthusiasm and positive attitudes that create a fun and energetic environment.

BE A TEAM

We advance our mission together as one team through collaboration, accountability and respect for each other.

BE CARING

We demonstrate genuine compassion and appreciation for each other and those we serve.

BE GREAT

We pursue greatness by delivering quality experiences with passion, humility, service and character.

Our History

In 1944, the “Orlando Boys’ Club” opened its doors to 25 young men who were led by our founder, baseball legend Joe Stripp. The boys utilized the Davis Armory on Livingston Street as their single Club building, where they learned the value of leadership and citizenship.

By the end of the 1950s, we had become an official branch of Boys Clubs of America and had over 500 members. Ten years later, we had four Clubs that were used by 2,000 young men across Orange County.

In 1982, Charlie Perez became Central Florida’s first-ever finalist in the National Boy of the Year competition. He traveled to Washington, D.C. to meet President Ronald Reagan in the White House.

To recognize that girls are an essential part of our cause, we changed our name to Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida in 1988.

By 2010, we had completed renovations of the Walt Disney World Clubhouse. We opened our Tupperware Brands Branch that June and kicked off construction for our Joe R. Lee Branch in Eatonville that July.

In 2014, Maryah Sullivan, a Club member from the Joe R. Lee Branch, became the first National Youth of the Year from Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida. In 2014 and 2015, she served as the official teen spokesperson for Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

We are proud that our organization’s efforts to enable Central Florida youth have spanned over seven decades. It allows us to reflect on many great accomplishments and look forward to the important work that still needs to be done.

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