Boys and Girls Clubs of San Francisco works with kids in a variety of ways to put them on a path to a successful life.
Boys and Girls Clubs of San Francisco works with kids in a variety of ways to put them on a path to a successful life.
Volunteering & Giving
October 24, 2014

Helping children flourish in a fun, safe place

Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco works with kids in a variety of ways to put them on a path to a successful life.

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A fun, safe place to learn and grow.

That’s what Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco (BGCSF) has been providing to local kids since 1891. The club serves more than 17,000 children a year, ages 6 to 18, by providing services that promote and enhance their development.

That’s more important now than ever, as more children are left without adult care or supervision while parents work.

“Each young person arrives at the Club with a different set of needs, and we are committed to working with each child individually to set them up for success in life,” says Denise Cante, vice president of the Capital Campaign, BGCSF.

With eight clubhouses, two high school sites, and one summer camp, the club focuses its efforts on:

  • Academic success.
  • Good character and community engagement.
  • Healthy lifestyles.
  • Job readiness with earning potential.

That means a child who has few after-school options can visit to do homework, get tutoring, or play games. Parents sign kids up as members for $10 a year.

Denise says 98 percent of high school students who regularly attended a club graduated from high school last year. Eighty-four percent of graduates are college bound: “That’s significant, because many of the kids live in challenged neighborhoods — so families are thrilled with a safe and affordable option that also helps their kids be successful,” says Denise.

Since 2000, Wells Fargo has worked with Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco by providing grants and volunteers.

This year, Wells Fargo donated $100,000 to help build a new clubhouse in the Western Addition/Hayes Valley neighborhoods. The Don Fisher Clubhouse, on Fulton Street, is within walking distance to most of the public housing in that area; it is expected to serve 200 students a day in a 30,000-square-foot space that includes a performing arts studio, learning center, high school services center, swimming pool, and a full gym.

“By investing every year in our program and now in our capital project, Wells Fargo is helping us inspire young people to realize great futures,” says Rob Connolly, president of Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco.

Jamie Moldafsky, Wells Fargo’s chief marketing officer, serves on the board and says, “Every day, Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco is helping children and contributing to successful futures. Through our work with them, we’re hoping to help inspire individual children, leading to huge results.”

Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco is affiliated with Boys & Girls Clubs of America, which includes more than 4,000 clubs across the U.S.

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