To inspire, enable and provide resources to all young people of Greater Kenosha to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. We believe in helping youths become positive adults by providing: A safe place to learn and grow... Ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals... Life-enhancing programs and character development experiences... Hope and opportunity. In every community, boys and girls are left to find their own recreation and companionship in the streets. An increasing number of children are at home with no adult care or supervision. Young people need to know that someone cares about them. Club programs and services promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence. Boys & Girls Clubs are a safe place to learn and grow -- all while having fun. It is truly The Positive Place For Kids! What Makes Us Unique Affordable & Open to All - Facility Based - Professional Staff - Programs That Work The Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha is funded through foundation and government grants, the United Way, special events fund-raising, and individual and corporate contributions. The Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha was founded June of 1992. Our first location was a drop in site in the Wilson Heights neighborhood. The Club initially rented the space from the Memorial United Methodist Church. However, in December of 1992 the Boys & Girls Club Board of Directors was able to purchase the church and create a permanent home for BGCK at 3712 50th Street. In 1998, the Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha began expanding programs and opened four after school sites at Durkee, Bain, Roosevelt and Frank Elementary Schools. On January 1, 2000, the Club established the programs of Lincoln Neighborhood Community Center. This included Lincoln Middle and Elementary Schools. Four additional after school sites were added in September of 2000. They were funded through a grant by the Kenosha Unified School District 21st Century Learning Center. The new sites included McKinley Middle and Elementary School, Jefferson Elementary School, the Kenosha School of Language (KSOL) in collaboration with the Spanish Center. In 2004, Bain Elementary and KSOL merged together to form EBSOLA (Edward Bain School of Language). During our 15 years of service to the youth of Kenosha, membership in Boys & Girls Club/CYC Sports programs has risen from modest beginnings to over 5,650 participants enrolled. The 2001 merger of Boys & Girls Club and CYC Sports certainly impacted this growth and created an all-encompassing network of services to youth. The addition of youth sports and a federally funded youth employment program (WIA) was combined with the proven, effective Boys & Girls Club system.