Who We Serve
The Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound (BGCSPS) was
founded 77 years ago in downtown Tacoma. Over the years,
the organization grew to serve youth, ages 6 to 18, in Pierce,
Kitsap and Mason Counties with after school and summer
programming centered around three content areas: 1) Academic
Success, 2) Character and Leadership, and 3) Healthy Lifestyles.
BGCSPS intentionally serves youth who typically live in low
income neighborhoods with high crime, gang and drug activity.
Youth from low-income or stressed families are typically limited
in their ability to participate in positive activities during after
school and summer hours, activities that help them prepare
for success in school and in the workforce. Having a safe and
positive place for out-of-school hours is key to the well-being
and engagement of youth living in challenging environments.
Our Clubs provide these opportunities for youth, regardless of
their familys ability to pay.
In 2016, the organization served an average of 1,284 youth, ages
6-18, per day in the summer and 1,501 per day in the school year.
Their total membership is north of 6,300. Of the entire
membership, 47% are girls and 53% are boys; 26% are African
American, 3% are Asian American, 8% are Hispanic/Latino,
1% is Native American, 3% are Hawaiian or Pacific Islander,
37% are Caucasian, and 22% are of mixed races.
According to USDA reports, 74% of youth who attend our
Clubs are low-income and eligible for free/reduced lunches.
Membership fees are on a sliding scale and many kids are
on full scholarship.
The organization's strategic goals,
developed by BGCSPS staff and
approved by our Board of Directors,
1) Ensure the financial
sustainability of the organization.
2) Increase impact on youth
served (strive for 100% graduation
rate; 70% of kids who volunteer;
and 80% of kids who participate in
at least 60-minutes of physical
3) Develop strategic partnerships
with a focus on schools and
4) Encourage strategic growth
(ensure our footprint serves 6 to
18 year olds; enhance impact and
5) Attract, develop, and retain a
highly capable workforce that
reflects the diversity of our Club