For over 100 years Boys & Girls Clubs around the nation have reached into the toughest neighborhoods to ensure that no child, whatever the circumstance, is left without the guidance, opportunities, and support to build a positive and productive future. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Sacramento (BGCSAC) was incorporated in 1993 by a group of concerned citizens led by community icon Fred Teichert. In 1996, BGCSAC opened the Thomas P. Raley Branch, its first full branch in downtown Sacramento, which has now been transformed into a fully dedicated teen center called "The Club." In 2004, BGCSAC opened the Teichert Branch located in South Sacramento on Lemon Hill Avenue to house our administrative offices and serve youth from the ages of six to eighteen.
BGCSAC continues to grow and thrive, providing much-needed empowering services for the youth who need us most. On a typical day, in a regular year, we serve approximately 3,000 kids and teens at ten Club sites across the Greater Sacramento region. When kids walk through the blue doors of one of our Clubs, they have a safe place to go after school and during the summer where they find warmth and acceptance for who they are so they can become who they are meant to be.
Studies show that youth who attend the Boys & Girls Club on a regular basis are significantly more likely than their peers to achieve academic success, go to college, find meaningful employment, resist the temptations of drugs, alcohol, and lives of crime and delinquency, and make positive, healthy choices for themselves, now and in the future. 57% of Club Alumni say that the Boys & Girls Club "saved my life."