“Great Future’s Start Here” is the slogan Boys & Girls Clubs of America uses to inspire youth to work hard to achieve their dreams and overcome challenges.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Fresno County promote that message at each of its 19 clubs, which are located in at-risk and rural neighborhoods.

As one of the largest youth service agencies in Fresno County, the nonprofit organization helps young people reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

“Young people need to know that someone cares about them.” — Fresno County Boys & Clubs’ website

Clubs Help Nearly 7,000 Members

The clubs spread throughout the county — plus one in Oakhurst — are dedicated to upholding that goal.

In 2017, the Boys & Girls Clubs provided mentoring, educational support, and recreation for nearly 7,000 youth.

“In every community, boys and girls are left to find their own recreation and companionship in the streets,” states the Fresno County Boys & Clubs’ website. “Young people need to know that someone cares about them.”

Clubs Return Big Value to Community

Diane Carbray, president/CEO of the local organization, cites a study that showed the clubs returned $16.18 to the community in economic impact and decreased social service costs for every dollar received.

When you give “it’s not a donation — it’s an investment in the futures of kids,” Carbray says.

Programs and Activities

The clubs offer a variety of activities and programs: sports programs, tutoring, leadership, computer skills, arts and crafts. The clubs also have several programs, many of which focus on helping children make healthy nutritional choices and moral decisions.

The club is always looking for volunteers to help with homework, sports and recreation, and mentoring.

Watch the 12 Days of Giving video above by GV Wire’s Jahz Tello to find out more about the Boys & Girls Clubs of Fresno County.

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