The Boys & Girls Club of Austin looks forward to their “Somebody” Luncheon each year as it is an opportunity to share their mission, goals and accomplishments with old and new friends as well as gain financial support for the continued growth they have seen over the last few years. In the past eight years, they have grown from three clubs to eighteen, and the number of kids they serve is up over 600%! Proceeds from the luncheon will directly support the people, programs, infrastructure and technology that are necessary to continue to serve more and more kids each year.
Currently, the Clubs serve upwards of 1,800 kids per day and 12,000 per year, helping them become productive, responsible, caring young adults. During the past five years, as a result of their expanded partnership with the Austin Independent School District, new Clubs were established at Bedichek and Mendez Middle Schools, and Lanier High School. In fall 2007, they opened a first-ever all girls Club at the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders. In November 2008, they opened a new neighborhood club at the Southwest Key Programs Community Center in the Johnston High School/ Govalle neighborhood – the single most distressed community in Travis County. Additionally, they opened new school-based clubs at LBJ High School, Garcia Middle School and Overton Elementary School. Through a partnership with the Housing Authority of the City of Austin, they opened Clubs in the Thurmond Heights and Chalmers Court public housing residential centers. Last year they opened three new clubs at Cook, Wooldridge, and McBee Elementary Schools with the help of T.E.A. and this year they opened two more new clubs, one at Southwest Key and one in Del Valle. This growth has been phenomenal, however, there are still 33,000 plus kids living in poverty in the Austin Area who need Club programs and services.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Austin was founded in 1967 with a mission to inspire and enable all young people, especially those that need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens. For more than 40 years the Club has been at the forefront of youth development, enriching the lives of girls and boys whom other youth agencies have had difficulty in reaching. The Clubs provide programs and opportunities with the kind of personal attention that young people need, a positive peer group, and activities that holds our kids’ interest and that build their self-esteem. We serve youth in Travis County, with a strong presence in some of Austin’s most distressed neighborhoods in East and South Austin.