Boys & Girls Clubs of the Capital Area
In 2019, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Albany and Troy Boys & Girls Club merged to become the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Capital Area. This merger brought together two strong organizations to become one of the region’s largest youth organizations. The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Capital Area serves over 1,800 youth daily, has over 233 staff at 18 locations and provides over 1,400,000 hours of programming each year. Additionally, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Capital Area serves over 225,000 free meals annually.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Albany
In 1892, the first Boys & Girls Club was chartered in Albany, NY. Later in 1956, the Club relocated to its current location at 21 Delaware Avenue. John Kearney, was the first member of the Delaware Avenue Clubhouse. John is still actively involved in the organization and currently sits on the Board of Directors. The Club later partnered with the City School District to begin providing a Universal Prekindergarten program. During the period of 2014-2017, the Club added 10 new after school sites after receiving 21st Century and Empire State After School funding.
Troy Boys & Girls Club
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 which now provides over 225,000 meals to at-risk youth throughout the Capital District each year.
Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Boys & Girls Clubs of America had its beginnings in 1860 with three women in Hartford, CT; Mary Goodwin, Alice Goodwin and Elizabeth Hammersley. Believing that boys who roamed the streets should have a positive alternative, they organized the first Club. A cause was born. Boys & Girls Clubs annually serve nearly 4 million young people, through membership and community outreach, in over 4,100 Club facilities throughout the country and BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide.