To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.
BE GREAT is an idea that within every child there is the potential for greatness and all of us play a vital role in helping young people find and achieve their dreams. Boys & Girls Clubs encourages all kids to BE GREAT by nurturing their self-esteem through instilling in them a sense of belonging, competence, power and influence, and usefulness. The Boys & Girls Clubs of South Central Kansas does this daily by providing young people with caring adult professionals and fun, age-appropriate, well-rounded programming. The club has been giving kids a better chance against problems such as gangs, street violence and juvenile crime since 1990.
The opening of the first Boys & Girls Club in 1990 was the result of a special partnership between the founding board, United Way of the Plains, Derby and Wichita School Districts, and several businesses which made the Club a reality. From the first Oaklawn Branch, the Boys & Girls Club of South Central Kansas has shown rapid growth.
In 2007 the club expanded its presence in Northeast Wichita opening the club on Opportunity Drive.
Boys & Girls Clubs provide a safe haven and stimulating environment for kids in our community. Youth development professionals provide guidance, support and supervision for activities to age appropriate groups.
The clubs do more than just give kids a place to go after school and during the summer. They provide homework assistance and tutoring, art, reading, health education, character and leadership activities, entrepreneurship and sports programs for every child interested in participating. Each program area focuses on the youth development strategy of the club, and that is instilling in every child a sense of competence, belonging, power and influence and usefulness.
Above all, the Boys & Girls Club is where Great Futures start!