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About

A Safe Place
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The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Western Reserve is committed to changing kids’ lives by providing them with a safe place to belong after school where dedicated staff members and caring volunteers are ready with a smile and an encouraging hand to help a young person in need.

Our Mission

Boys & Girls of the Western Reserve

Our mission at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Western Reserve is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.



Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Ohio

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Western Reserve and three other area Boys & Girls Clubs -- Cleveland, Erie County, and Lorain County -- have decided to integrate. Our Board of Directors voted that effective July 1, 2019, our Akron Clubs will become part of the newly formed Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Ohio (BGCNEO), an organization that we believe will help us better serve both Akron youth, and other young people across the region, with even more impactful programming.

Our History

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Western Reserve is an autonomous affiliate of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the largest youth development organization in the United States. Boys & Girls Clubs of America celebrated its centennial in 2006, and there are more than 4,000 Clubs located in all 50 states, Native American lands, and on U.S. military installations around the world, annually helping over 4 million youth reach their full potential.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Western Reserve has a unique place in the history of the Boys & Girls Clubs movement. Our local organization began in 1984 as the “Boys & Girls Club of Summit County” and was one of three selected urban sites participating in a national demonstration project to test the feasibility of bringing Club programs into low-income housing areas designed by Boys Clubs of America and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The program was a success and there are more than 400 Clubs in housing projects across the country. Our three Club facilities are located in or adjacent to Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority properties.