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We offer youth aged 6-18 years old the opportunity to engage in a variety of activities that promote their psychological, social, and physical well-being. All our Clubs are actively involved in promoting successful character development through the Youth Development Strategy. Our organization’s programs and services promote and enhance the development of youth by instilling:

A Sense of Competence
the feeling there is something that each person can do well

A Sense of Belonging
a setting where young people know they “fit” and are accepted

A Sense of Usefulness
the opportunity to do something of value for other people

A Sense of Power or Influence
a chance to be heard and to influence decisions

When the Youth Development Strategy is fully implemented, youth’s self-esteem is enhanced and it creates an environment that helps girls and boys achieve their full potential.

Our Mission

Since 1974, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County has strived to fulfill our mission to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

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Our Vision

Our vision is to provide a world-class Club experience that assures success is within reach of every young person who walks through our doors, with all members on track to achieve academic success, demonstrating good character and citizenship, and living a healthy lifestyle.

Our History

Founded in 1974, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County has worked to provide a safe place for children to explore their interests, gain knowledge and learn valuable life skills.

We currently operate 3 year-round and 3 seasonal clubs throughout Lee County, in Fort Myers, North Fort Myers, Lehigh and Bonita Springs. Our club members are ages 6-18 and participate in After School, Summer, and out-of-school activities. Our clubs are staffed by Youth Development professionals, who instill a sense of belonging, self-worth, and empowerment to the youth that they serve.

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Our Goal

The primary goal of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County is to provide a safe, structured, and supervised environment where children between the ages of 6 and 18 years old can learn, play, and grow after school and during the summer. During the course of one year, our organization will impact hundreds of lives of young people throughout Lee County, exposing them to new opportunities to enrich their personal academic and social spheres. We offer a wide variety of educational and recreational opportunities for the children. We serve and touch on five core disciplines including Education, the Arts, Character and Leadership, Health and Wellness, and Sports and Recreation.

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Parent Responsibilities

Parents play a key role in providing quality programs and services. Open communication and positive relations between the parents and staff members are vital. Parental responsibilities to ensure a successful program include:

Member Responsibility Policy

Every Club member is responsible for his/her own actions. The Club has three basic rules that every member must follow. These three rules will help to ensure the safety of all participants and will also contribute in creating a fun, positive and memorable experience at the Club. The three rules are:

  1. Have respect for yourself and other members
  2. Have respect for all Club property and equipment
  3. Have respect for all staff and volunteers

The following behaviors are strictly prohibited:

  • Swearing
  • Verbal abuse
  • Fighting or any other form of physical abuse
  • Use or possession of controlled substances, weapons or any tobacco product is strictly prohibited

All Boys & Girls Clubs members should adhere to the following dress code:

  • Clothing shall be worn as they are designed – pants secure at the waist, belts buckled, no underwear as outerwear, no underwear exposed, etc.
  • Clothing that is too tight or revealing when standing, bending, sitting or moving is unacceptable.
  • Sexually implicit or explicit clothing, bikini and tank tops and spandex clothing (kinds of clothing usually worn at beaches and while engaging in recreational activities) are not appropriate.
  • Garments and/or jewelry that display or suggest drugs, alcohol, weapons, tobacco, sex or vulgar-related wording/graphics or may tend to provoke violence or disruptions shall not be worn.
  • Gang paraphernalia, clothing, jewelry, tattoos or other insignias that display, suggest, provoke or may tend to provoke violence or disruptions are not allowed.
  • Footwear must be worn at all times.

Attendance Policy

Discipline Procedures

Our staff works to prevent negative behavior by providing activities that are engaging, fun and foster positive moral values. In the event that a youth displays undesirable actions, Club staff will try to re-direct our youth, but if these efforts are unsuccessful, they have been instructed to take the following steps:

1st Offense: Take a Break

The child will be told what they have done wrong, how to improve that behavior in the future, and how long they will be sitting out. The length of an appropriate “sit out” is one minute for however old the child is (i.e., 6 years old= 6 minutes).

2nd Offense: Reminder with Privilege Revoked

The child will be reminded of what they have done wrong and how to improve that behavior. The child will also have a privilege taken away.

3rd Offense: Referral

A referral will be written and one of the Directors will speak to the child. This referral will be given to the parent. If a child receives 2 written referrals, we will request a meeting with parents. Child will not be able to attend the club until meeting has occurred and action steps to improve behavior have been aligned too.

Note: If a member hurts another child, uses foul language, damages property, or any other serious offense, a referral will be written, and the child will be taken to see one of the Directors even if it is the first offense.

The Club Director will use their judgment to determine the severity of the disciplinary issue. The Director has the right to suspend or expel a member from the Club whenever they feel the action warrants this type of discipline.

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