The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem is proud to be part of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the nations leading youth-centered organization. We are able to leverage their high-quality national program, delivering it locally, with fidelity, and focus on the needs of our community.

The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem by Numbers

Our Club is a vital part of our community. It is diverse, and it is growing, and it is having an important impact on our youth.

  • The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem serves over 500 kids annually, ages 5 through 18 each day in three locations.

  • Over the past 12 months, the average daily attendance in the Drop-In Program has increased nearly 50%

  • Average daily attendance has continued to grow month-on-month since our main location moved to Collins Middle School.

  • According to the National Youth Outcomes Initiative Survey, 100% of teens in our Salem Club plan to attend college.

  • According to Boys & Girls Clubs of America, our Collins Middle School location has reached over 120% capacity level.

Our members come from a range of backgrounds, and our diversity give the club its unique character, making it a special place for all.


  • 44% Caucasian

  • 39% Latino

  • 9% Black

  • 2% Asian

  • Other multi-racial 6%


  • 59% male

  • 41% female



Part of a Strong Network of Clubs, Improving Children's Lives

Boys & Girls Clubs serve nearly 4 million young people, through membership and community outreach, in more than 4,100 facilities across the country and in affiliated youth centers on U.S. military installations worldwide.

• Clubs are community-based and building-centered.

• Clubs provide a safe, affordable place for youth during non-school hours and the summer.

• Clubs are led by paid, trained youth development professionals.

Clubs Help Kids Stay in School and Improve Their Academic Success: Each year, 1 in 5 high school students fail to graduate on time. BE GREAT: Graduate, our dropout prevention initiative, targets communities with high dropout rates. Nationwide, our most utilized program is Power Hour, which provides homework help and tutoring. Summer Brain Gain helps prevent the summer learning loss that contributes to the alarming achievement gap between low- and high-income youth.

Clubs Help Kids Graduate from High School, Prepared for a Great Future: Ensuring that every Club member graduates from high school on time with a solid plan for their future is of the highest priority for BGCA.  A variety of programs support this effort:  

  • Diplomas2Degrees, a college-readiness program

  • CareerLaunch®, which introduces young people to the world of work

  • Money Matters: Make it Count™, a financial literacy program

  • Graduate for Más, which supports Club teens in graduating from high school and preparing for college.

Clubs Help Kids Lead Healthy Lifestyles and Avoid Risky Behaviors: Triple Play: A Game Plan for the Mind, Body and Soul, is a holistic approach to educating youth about nutrition, fitness and forming healthy relationships. Programs like SMART Girls and Passport to Manhood help kids build self-esteem, treat others with respect, and make good choices.

Clubs Help Kids Develop a Strong Character: Our Youth of the Year initiative promotes and recognizes young people who have overcome tremendous obstacles, and excelled in academic performance and community service. In 2013, BGCA launched the Million Members, Million Hours of Service initiative to ensure every Club member experiences the benefits of volunteer service.

Clubs Help Kids Achieve Positive Outcomes: Members who attend the Club two or more times a week skip fewer days of school, feel more connected to school and have greater post-secondary aspirations. High school-age Club members report higher levels of abstention from high-risk behaviors, such as smoking, drinking alcohol and having sex, than do their non-Club counterparts.

Boys & Girls Clubs Save Lives:  In a Harris Interactive survey, 54% of Boys & Girls Club alumni said the Club “saved my life.”

In a 2014 Philanthropy 400 report, "The Chronicle of Philanthropy" ranked Boys & Girls Clubs of America #1 among youth serving organizations for the 21st consecutive year


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