Helping the kids who need us most! Our Mission: "To serve the young people of our community by providing safe places and positive programs that enhance their moral, intellectual, social, and physical development." Troy Boys & Girls Club seeks to help all youth live full and satisfying lives. The outcomes below describe our expectations and goals for young people. Through frequent participation in our programs that are designed to incorporate these key elements, young people become productive, caring, responsible citizens. Positive Self-Identity: Youth set and attain goals and have a positive view of their future, confidently making the necessary decisions to achieve their life plans. They become self-sufficient and are able to support themselves and others. Health and Well-Being: Youth adopt a healthy diet. They practice healthy lifestyle choices and make a lifelong commitment to fitness. Positive Values: Youth develop and demonstrate strong character and are guided by positive values including honesty, integrity, caring and fairness. Commitment to Learning: Youth value education and lifelong learning and make them an integral part of their future plans. Social Competency: Youth have positive relationships with family, friends and coworkers and appreciate cultural diversity. Community and Civic Involvement: Youth are engaged citizens of their community and the world. Out-of School: A Critical Time in America 11.3 million kids (1 out of 4) leave school every day with no place to go. They risk being unsupervised, unguided and unsafe. Each summer, 43 million kids lack access to summer learning programs. Underserved children from low-income communities experience a dramatic learning loss and begin their next school year at a significant disadvantage. Research shows that what happens during out of school time can have a significant impact on reversing the negative trends facing our youth and our country, specifically youth dropout rates, obesity and violence. These hours serve as the essential link between school and home, offering the greatest opportunity to influence the future of our kids, our communities and our country. We seek to ensure that all kids, especially those who need us most, have a positive and enriching experience when the school bell rings, putting them on the path to success. Our History Troy Boys Club (TBC) became incorporated in 1903. Several years later, TBC became a member of the Federated Boys Clubs in Boston. In recognition of being one of the 53 founding organizations of the Boys & Girls Club Movement, the Club was named a "Diamond Jubilee Charter.” In 1966, Troy Boys Club allowed girls to attend specialized programming for the first time. Later that year, the main facility of the Club was dedicated in downtown Troy and we continue to operate out of this building today. In 1991, Troy Boys & Girls Club (TBGC) was officially re-incorporated and recognized girls as "official” members. In 2003, TBGC celebrated its centennial anniversary of providing youth services to the kids who need us most. In 2014, we licensed the Club as a catering site so that we can prepare and deliver just under 800 hot meals per day to at-risk youth around the Capital District. We are a safe haven for young people during out-of-school time, ensuring that great futures start here! Our Program Areas Healthy Lifestyles Programs that provide youth with the encouragement and education to make smart lifestyle choices that will lead the way to better long-term health and well being tomorrow and beyond. Programs foster youths' academic, social, emotional and physical growth This core area develops young people's capacity to engage in positive behaviors that nurture their own well-being, set personal goals and live successfully as self-sufficient adults. Academic Success Programs in this core area enable youth to become proficient in basic educational disciplines, set goals, explore careers, prepare for employment, and embrace technology to achieve success in a career. Good Character & Citizenship Provides youth with leadership development, positive role models, and opportunities for civic and community involvement. These programs work to build not only the future of each child, but the community as a whole. Food Services About Us TBGC's Food Services Program serves over 750 meals per school day to at-risk youth living in the Capital Region. We only serve fresh, hot meals that are catered to the kids that we deliver to. We promote healthy eating habits and menu options to combat nutrition related illnesses such as diabetes and obesity. Each meal has: - A grain component - Fruit/vegetable components. *TBGC utilizes whole fruit in all of our meals. - A dairy component - A protein component The Need in the Community - 21.3% Child food-insecurity rate. - 1-in-5 kids don't know when or where their next meal will come from. - 27% overweight/obesity rate . Our Numbers - 750 meals served per day! - Meal delivery to 15 partnering youth agency sites! -Nutrition Education/Wellness program delivered to over 900 kids in the region! Come take a tour and learn about our positive impact!