History & Mission

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas’ mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas began operations in November 1965, with the opening of the West Dallas Boys Club.

In 1990, the Boys Club added “Girls” to its title and an aggressive effort to serve both girls and boys was initiated.  Today, Clubs are open to all boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 18, regardless of race, religion or national origin.  Our local Clubs serve a membership base of more than 6,000 youth annually, providing programs based on physical, emotional, cultural and social needs, and the interests of boys and girls.  Clubs offer diverse program activities in three areas: Academic Success, Good Character & Citizenship and Healthy Lifestyles.  These services are offered through a network of center based, professionally staffed, small group and one-on-one teachable moments and classes.  Programs implemented enhance character and self-esteem, are educational and fun and ultimately contribute to youth realizing their maximum potential.


A Boys & Girls Club Provides:

  • A safe place to learn and grow
  • Ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals
  • Life-enhancing programs and character development experiences
  • Hope and opportunity


Today, thousands of boys and girls from low-income neighborhoods benefit from the building-centered programs and services designed specifically for them at local Clubs.  The programs offered provide strong moral guidance, positive role models and life-changing educational programs designed to save kids from lives of crime and failure.  Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas is an organization that stands for traditional values, while providing progressive programs that address the problems faced by the youth of today, including substance abuse, teen pregnancy, gangs and violence.