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Boys & Girls Clubs of the Capital Area (BGCCA) provides services and programs to help young people make positive life choices. From education and career programs to health and life skills, our staff and volunteers help inspire youth by providing an opportunity to belong, succeed and serve their community.

Our primary youth services are Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK), After School, Summer Camp and Teen programming as well as our food-based initiatives.  

PreK Classroom with backpack


BGCCA Universal Pre-Kindergarten provided around the Capital Area

BGCCA Afterschool

After School

BGCCA provides a safe and secure environment for children ages 5-12.

BGCCA Summer Camp

Summer Camp

Safe and fun summer camp experiences for local youth ages 5-12.

BGCCA Music Festival


The CLUB is a safe and judgement free space for teens age 13-18.

BGCCA Technology and Computers

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BGCCA programs help young people develop self-confidence and self-esteem and all of our programming focuses on the 5 Core Areas established by Boys & Girls Clubs of America: Career & Education, Character & Leadership, Health & Life Skills, Sports & Recreation, and The Arts. We've added Food Access as another priority. 

Career & Education

Career & Education programs focus on three approaches: academic enrichment and school engagement; targeted dropout prevention; and intensive intervention and case management. Our aim is to ensure that all Club members graduate from high school on time, ready for a post-secondary education or workforce placement.

BGCCA Career Launch

Career Launch

The program offers young adults 16-24 free training for entry into livable wage career fields like agriculture, construction, hospitality, culinary, medical, & tech. 

Junior Staff

Junior Staff

Members prepare for future roles as human services professionals by participating in career development activities, building customer service skills and completing a Club apprenticeship

Character & Leadership

Character & Leadership programs are built around helping youth establish necessary skills to become responsible and caring citizens. Participants also develop leadership and decision making skills to help them achieve a great future.​

BGCCA Leadership programs

Passport to Manhood

This program engages young boys in discussions and activities that reinforce character, leadership and positive behavior.

Youth of the Year

Youth Of
The Year

Fostering a generation of leaders, fully prepared for the workplace with leadership skills, goal-setting and teamwork.

BGCCA programs

Torch Club

Meeting special character-development needs of younger adolescents at a critical stage through: service, community, education, & health.

Keystone Club

Keystone Club

The Keystone Club for young people ages 14 to 18 focus on: academic success, career prep and community service.

Food Access

BGCCA Kitchen

Food Program

BGCCA's kitchen serves thousands of meals daily to feed area youth year round. 

Freight Farm

Freight Farm

The commercial grade, hydroponic farm built inside a shipping container. 

Health & Life Skills

Health & Life Skills programs develop 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.

Healthy Habits

Healthy Habits

The program is designed for ages 6 to 15 to incorporate healthy living and active learning. Healthy Habits emphasizes good nutrition, regular physical activity and improving overall well-being.

Smart Moves

Smart Moves

Young people ages 6-15 engage in discussion and role-playing, practicing resilience and refusal skills,  strengthening decision-making skills and analyzing media and peer influence.

Sports & Recreation

Sports & Rec programs help develop physical fitness routines, a positive use of leisure time, reduction of stress, and social and interpersonal skills.

BGCCA Basketball


BGCCA offers basketball courts + sports programs at the Albany & Troy Clubhouses and beyond.

triple play

Triple Play

Triple Play promotes the importance of physical activity and proper nutrition through the program’s three components: mind, body and soul.


Soccer For Success

Teaches children K-8th grade the fundamentals of soccer and helps establish healthy habits and develop critical life skills.

BGCCA Troy Pool

Swimming Pool

Our Troy pool is open year-round to give our members a fun way to stay active throughout the year.


Ultimate Journey

BGCCA's Ultimate Journey program helps provide access to safe, fun outdoor spaces for youth ages 9-13 (4th-8th grade).

Violence Prevention

Violence Prevention

The BGCCA is calling for solutions to the gun violence that has recently spiked throughout the Albany area.

The Arts

Arts programs are designed to foster creativity and give outlets for self-expression. From photography to hip-hop, our arts programs have something that will inspire everyone.

Drama Matters

Drama Matters

This program encourages members ages 6-18 to engage in hands-on performing arts activities. Drama education builds self-confidence, sparks creativity and boosts academic achievement. 

Lyricisim 101

Lyricisim 101

Lyricism 101 offers access to music instruments and a music studio, with recording equipment & editing software, all aboard our mobile music RV!

Program Partners

Free Food Fridge

Perishable food and produce daily. 100% free and anonymous. On corner of Delaware Ave & Dana Ave in Albany.



Troy Drug Free Community Coalition: organizing to reduce substance abuse among young people. 

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