Boys and Girls Club of Central Arkansas: Enabling Our Region's Youth to Reach Their Full Potential
Since 1915 the Boys & Girls Club of Central Arkansas has built trust within the community and is considered the premier youth service organization in central Arkansas. The Boys & Girls Club of Central Arkansas, which serves children in both Little Rock and North Little Rock, is part of a nationwide affiliation of local autonomous organizations.
The Boys & Girls Clubs work to help youth of all backgrounds develop the qualities needed to become responsible citizens and leaders. The clubs offer a unique benefit unlike any other youth service organization or program. Across six locations, in areas where children need them the most, the clubs are virtually the “one stop shop” for youth programs and the hub of the neighborhood.
Many people have heard of or interacted with the Boys and Girls Clubs, but today the organization is about so much more than youth sports or activities. The Boys & Girls Club of Central Arkansas has 2,771 members, with an average daily attendance of 800-900 youth between the ages of 6-18. Eighty-two percent of members qualify for free or reduced lunches and live in underserved areas of our community. Each year the clubs serve over 200,000 healthy meals and snacks to children for whom this may be one of the only meals they get during the day. Focusing on academics, healthy lifestyles, character development and leadership skills, the clubs are trying to move children and their families out of poverty by giving them the skills necessary to reach their full potential and become productive, caring, responsible citizens.
The Boys and Girls Club has a long and rich history here in central Arkansas; it is the eighth oldest club in nation! The presence and impact of the clubs in our community cannot be understated and should not be taken for granted. The organization is in critical need of support from the community to maintain and grow its mission. For more information on how you can help, call Cindy Doramus at 501.666.8816 or visit arclubs.org.