How to Organize a Boys & Girls Club

So you want to know more about organizing a Boys & Girls Club in the Inland Empire. Where do you start? It all begins with wanting to make life better for young people in your community. Once the idea of a Club catches on, you’ll find that momentum will build, and you’ll be on your way to making a real difference in young lives.
 
1. Get started.
Establishing a Boys & Girls Club usually starts with one or two individuals who initiate the idea and then get others interested. So, the first step can be taken by YOU. Discuss the idea with representatives of service clubs, local government, civic, social, fraternal and labor
organizations. Then they can reach out and involve other community leaders in
​business, industry and the professions.​ Spread the word and stimulate interest in
starting a Club!
2. Contact our Administrative Offices.
After you gather community support, have your group's representative
contact our Administrative Offices at 888-822-6535 to discuss setting up a
working partnership with a Boys & Girls Clubs.  Our staff will help your group
take the next steps.
 
3. Organize a steering committee.
​Hold a meeting -- invite people who are interested in starting a Boys & Girls Club and
invite the our Club Administrative​ staff. Keep your group small to start. Explain the purpose
of the meeting to the group and have the Club staff talk about Boys & Girls Clubs. If the group
is committed and interested in pursuing the idea further, form a steering committee to begin preliminary organization work.
 
4. Conduct a Community Readiness Assessment.
​The need for a Club in your community may be quite obvious, but you still need to put it in
writing. To document the need, the Boys & Girls Clubs will provide you with a Community
Readiness Assessment to get the details. Have your group complete the assessment and return
to our Administrative Offices, who'll help your committee with the results. This survey will
determine how effectively the needs of young people are being met in the community. It may also help to identify community resources available that could help support a Club.
5. Secure a location.
Now is the time to scout a location for your Club and/or find a suitable building. Work with our
Club staff on a location and the kind of building that would be satisfactory for a Boys & Girls Club.
 
6. Determine costs.
​Create a budget for the cost of building renovations, equipment and an operating budget for one year. The Club staff will be invaluable to your committee in this kind of practical planning.
 
7. Raise the funds.
​You are now ready to raise funds together with the Club. The most common method of raising
funds is through a community-wide founder's campaign using face-to-face solicitations – get out there and ask!  The Club will help developing a resource​ development plan that will get your Club
off to a great start.
 
BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS
of Greater Redlands-Riverside
ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES​
Hansberger Clubhouse1251 Clay Street
Redlands CA 92374
PHONE: (888) 822-6535 FAX: (888) 822-6576
info@bgcie.org

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