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Boys and Girls Club reopens with new protections, safety protocols

By: Wesh 2 News
Date: June 16, 2020

After weeks away, the Joe R. Lee Boys & Girls Club in Eatonville reopened and a summer’s worth of education resumed. New protocols include temperature screenings and face masks.

Children of first responders invited to Boys & Girls Clubs

By: News 6
Date: May 19, 2020

Do your part: Boys & Girls Clubs in Kissimmee is opening its doors to children of first responders, giving everyday heroes in health care a little peace of mind.

Central Florida teen named Boys and Girls Club youth of the year

By: News 6
Date: May 13, 2020

Jolana Mitchell was awarded the honor of being named Boys & Girls Clubs’ Youth of the Year. At 18-years-old, she’s come a long way from when she first joined the Club seven years ago.

Erin Harvey

Some of the Poorest Brevard Students Go Hungry amid COVID-19

By: Florida Today
Date: May 8, 2020

We’re so very proud of Erin Harvey and our team in Brevard County, who are truly doing whatever it takes to help our neediest Club families during the pandemic.

Cyber Clubhouse

Boys & Girls Clubs Worry About At-Risk Kids During Pandemic

By: Spectrum News 13
Date: May 7, 2020

“Are they lacking supplies? Is their electricity going to be shut off? What are their needs? So we’re really checking on all bases to see where they’re at.” (Jose Bastias, BGCCF)

Cyber Clubhouse

Boys & Girls Clubs Takes the Fun, Education Online

By: Orange Observer
Date: May 6, 2020

When the organization’s physical facilities were closed March 17, leaders knew something had to be done — quickly. Six days later, the organization launched its Cyber Clubhouse.

Cyber Clubhouse

Serving Club Members Daily through BGCCF’s Cyber Clubhouse

By: Wesh 2 News
Date: April 27, 2020

While BGCCF’s iconic Blue Doors are closed, the organization continues to serve its Club members with a variety of different programming through their Cyber Clubhouse.

JBCOFB Groundbreaking

Boys & Girls Club, Central Florida’s Largest, Breaks Ground 

By: Orlando Sentinel
Date: February 10, 2020

In a field a half-mile from Camping World Stadium, community leaders broke ground Monday on what will be the largest Boys & Girls Club in Central Florida.

JBCOFB Groundbreaking

Orlando Breaks Ground on Largest Boys & Girls Club in Central Florida

By: Click Orlando
Date: February 10, 2020

Local leaders, business partners and community members broke ground on what will become the largest Boys & Girls Club in Central Florida. The Club will serve more than 250 children daily.

JRL Groundbreaking News

Making an Impact
in Eatonville

By: Winter Park Magazine
Date: July/August 2019

Greg Dawson wrote a well-researched feature on BGCCF’s history in Eatonville, and the deeply-entrenched corporate partnerships that continue to change lives at our Joe R. Lee Club.

Serenity Gary

Never too young to help: Orlando teen receives $15,000 for homeless charity

By: Orlando Sentinel
Date: July 11, 2019

The Oak Ridge High School student, her grandmother and some faithful fellow members of the Taft Branch help run Serenity’s Grace, the charity the girl launched when she was 7.

Orange Appeal

Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida: Cause for Celebration!

By: Orange Appeal Magazine
Date: July/August 2019

We visited the Levy-Hughes Clubhouse in Parramore to see the programs in session, meet the kids, and get to know more about the people who make it all possible.

Orlando Ballet

Orlando Ballet and BGCCF Aspire to Ignite Young Imaginations

By: Orlando Arts Magazine
Date: July/August 2019

“We have a lot of very talented children,” says Gary Cain, President and CEO of BGCCF. “But their talent may go undiscovered if they never get that exposure to the arts.”

Chief Orlando Rolon

Chief Rolón Talks about His Experiences with Boys & Girls Clubs

Date: June 30, 2019

This is the third of four videos produced in our 75th anniversary series.  In it, the Orlando Police Chief tells how Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida changed the trajectory of his life.

Rowdy Gaines

Camp at Eatonville Boys & Girls Club All about Keeping Summer Fun Safe

By: WESH 2 News
Date: June 11, 2019

It’s all about keeping summer fun safe at the Eatonville Boys & Girls Club this week. The Zac Foundation’s water safety camp is in town teaching kids how to swim for free.

Dueling Dragons of Orlando

Annual Tampa Bay International Dragon Boat Festival

By: FOX 13 News
Date: April 27, 2019

For some athletes, the event is about more. The Dueling Dragons from Orlando were on the water rowing for change in an attempt to bridge the gap as cops and kids sat side by side. 

JRL Groundbreaking News

Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida Expanding

By: FOX 35 Orlando
Date: April 18, 2019

The organization broke ground on a new part of the Joe R. Lee Branch, to double its overall capacity. The expansion will help them serve up to 250 children every day.

Titusville News

Former Carter House in Titusville to Become Boys and Girls Club

By: Spectrum News 13
Date: April 12, 2019

A house built in 1915 is getting restored to become Titusville’s newest Boys and Girls Club. It may not look like much now, but with a lot of TLC the house will be restored.

News13 Tupperware Brands Branch

Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida Turn 75 Years Old

By: Spectrum News 13
Date: March 13, 2019

Rene Azcanio said going to the Boys and Girls Club every day after school has changed his outlook in life, and that it has fostered relationships and nurtured his soul.

Abigaelle Caillot

Central Florida Youth of the Year finds Path out of Tragedy

By: Orlando Sentinel 
Date: February 28, 2019

Abigaelle Caillot looks over a sea of expectant faces and takes a deep breath. “I can vividly remember the sounds of metal clashing together,” she says.

75Years BGCCF Club Members

At 75, Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida has long reach

By: Orlando Sentinel
Date: February 19, 2019

What do Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings, Orlando Police Chief Orlando Rolón, hotelier Harris Rosen, Shaquille O’Neal and TV news anchor Lisa Bell and have in common?

News6 Coverage

Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida names 2019 Youth of the Year

By: News 6
Date: February 15, 2019

Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida named a new Youth of the Year, Abigaelle Caillot. Watch the News 6 coverage to learn more about Abigaelle’s story!

OCFL News Coverage

Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida celebrates 75th Anniversary

By: OCFL News 
Date: February 11, 2019

Mayor Demings and honored guests came together to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida at the Orlando Museum of Art.

Gary Cain

Lifting kids from poverty’s grasp: Whose life can you change?

By: Orlando Sentinel
Date: October 3, 2018

Interstate highways and industrial areas may separate us from low-opportunity neighborhoods, but our futures are more tied than we realize.

Keshawn Morgan

Orlando teen awarded $100K scholarship from Beyoncé, Jay-Z

By: WESH 2 News
Date: August 30, 2018

A Central Florida student got a surprise of a lifetime during Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s OTR II tour. Keshawn Morgan was awarded the scholarship during the couple’s stop in Orlando.

Keshawn Morgan

Evans student receives $100K for college tuition from Beyonce, Jay-Z

By: Orlando Sentinel
Date: August 29, 2018

When DJ Khaled told the audience he had a surprise $100,000 college scholarship to announce, the 17-year-old didn’t think much about it at all.

SteveO Michel

SteveO Michel returns to troubled Orlando neighborhood to give back.

By: Orlando Sentinel
Date: August 21, 2018

SteveO Michel made it out of his home in the Tymber Skan community, in an area troubled by high gun violence and frequent drug deals. He got out of his old life. Then, he came back.

Rowdy Gaines

Olympic Gold Medalist teaches kids how to swim and about water safety

By: WESH 2 News
Date: August 14, 2018

Olympic Gold Medalist Rowdy Gaines joins forces with The Zac Foundation to teach Club members how to swim and to educate them about water safety.

Irene Dominique

BGCCF growing bumper crop of first-generation college students

By: Orlando Sentinel
Date: May 8, 2018

Irene won’t just be the first in her family to go to college. After moving an average of twice a year and living two years in a motel, she’ll be the first to have graduated high school.

Orlando Pride

Orlando Pride Soccer Stars Read Books to Kids at BGCCF

By: Orlando Sentinel
Date: March 29, 2018

Orlando Pride soccer players Alex Morgan, Toni Pressley and Ali Krieger read books to kids at the Boys & Girls Club on Raleigh Street in Orlando on Thursday, March 29, 2018.

Ja'Keevious Mack

BGCCF role model Ja’Keevious Mack tells kids: ‘You can achieve anything.’

By: WESH 2 News
Date: February 23, 2018

Ja’Keevious Mack is Central Florida’s Boys & Girls Clubs “Youth of the Year.” He learned the honor through the chants of dozens of kids as he walked into the Eatonville branch.

Syd Levy

Syd Levy, businessman who built Flea World and United Trophy, dies at 88

By: Orlando Sentinel
Date: January 31, 2018

The Orlando philanthropist and businessman had a different tourist attraction in mind 35 years ago for an old orange grove he purchased on the outskirts of Sanford.

F is for Florida

F is for Florida, written by Boys & Girls Clubs kids for kids

Date: January 10, 2018

Our Brevard Club members wrote a book highlighting the state’s beauty, and it got published! The members even were invited to Barnes and Noble for a book signing. 

Press Releases

Balda Family Foundation

Renewed Grant from Balda Family Foundation

Date: 10/23/2020

Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida recently received a grant from Balda Family Foundation to benefit College & Career Readiness at Brevard County Boys & Girls Clubs. Read More >>

Boys & Girls Clubs opens Cyber Clubhouse

Date: 3/26/2020

With its iconic Blue Doors closed during the COVID-19 crisis, Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida (BGCCF) is moving online to continue to serve its 16,000 Club members at home. Read More >>

Carter House Titusville Branch

Historic Cater House, Future Home of New Club

Date: 12/13/2019

The new Club will be housed in the Historic Carter House (1915), located at 126 Grannis Avenue South, which is being completely restored by North Brevard Charities. Read More >>

Kiwanis Club of Orlando Foundation

BGCCF Receives $200,000 Capital Gift

Date: 07/26/2019

BGCCF received a $200,000 gift from the Kiwanis Club of Orlando Foundation toward the construction of the Jacqueline Bradley and Clarence Otis Family Branch in Orlando. Read More >>

Darden Restaurants Logo

BGCCF Receives $1.5 Million Capital Gift

Date: 04/1/2019

BGCCF received $1.5 million from The Darden Restaurants, Inc. Foundation toward the Jacqueline Bradley and Clarence Otis Family Branch and the Joe R. Lee Branch expansion. Read More >>

The Wallace Foundation

BGCCF Awarded Grant for Arts Funding

Date: 02/22/2019

BGCA, with funding from The Wallace Foundation, developed and implemented the Youth Arts Initiative, which offers high-quality arts skill-development classes to tweens. Read More >>

Abigaelle Caillot

2019 BGCCF Youth of the Year Announced

Date: 02/22/2019

Abigaelle Caillot, an 18-year-old Senior at Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando, has been named Boys & Girls Clubs’ 2019 Kiwanis Club of Orlando Foundation Youth of the Year. Read More >>


BGCCF Wins SunTrust Lighting the Way Award

Date: 10/18/2018

Recognized for its philanthropic contributions to the region’s at-risk youth, BGCCF was awarded a 2018 Lighting the Way Award and $75,000 grant by the SunTrust Foundation. Read More >>

Balda Family Foundation

$5,000 Grant from Balda Family Foundation

Date: 07/27/2018

BGCCF recently received a $5,000 grant from Balda Family Foundation to benefit the Education & Career Development core programs at the Temple Terrace Branch. Read More >>


MERIT AWARD-Soccer for Success

Date: 05/14/2018

Mack Reid, Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida’s Chief Operating Officer, receives the prestigious Merit Award for Program Excellence in Sports, Recreation & Fitness from BGCA. Read More >>

Ja'Keevious Mack

2018 BGCCF Youth of the Year Announced

Date: 04/13/2018

Ja’Keevious Mack, a 17-year-old Senior at Edgewater High School in Orlando and JRL Branch member, has been named 2018 Kiwanis Club of Orlando Foundation Youth of the Year. Read More >>

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