The mission of the Boys & Girls Club of Garfield is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. We do this by creating a safe place with fun programs and services that enable the development of positive relationships with caring adults. As a result, we create an environment that encourages children to reach and exceed their highest expectations for which they are then recognized. It is these five areas that allow us to have a significant impact on the children we serve.
Impact, that is a very important word here at the Club. How do we impact all the members of the Club? We have prioritized certain outcomes for the children; to make sure that they are living a Healthy Lifestyle, to improve their Character, Leadership and Citizenship and finally to improve their Academic Success and Job Readiness Skills. That sounds like a lot but it is getting done and we are making sure that we do this by increasing attendance, involving members in physical activity and positive behavior, volunteering and making sure that all our members have a healthy attitude about learning. These are examples of how we determine the progress of our members in these areas and we are facilitating this impact with programs like the Keystone Club, Power Hour, Project Learn and Triple Play, to name but a few. The programs are implemented by caring professional adults who make a significant difference in the lives of the children and families we serve.