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About Us

The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Holland is a youth development organization whose mission is to inspire & empower all youth, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens.

We are based on the pillars of academic success, healthy lifestyles, and good character & citizenship.

Academic Success

Among our teen-aged Club
members, 98% expect to
graduate from high school,
and 82% expect to complete
some kind of post-secondary

Healthy lifestyles

Our programs help youth
engage in positive behaviors
that nurture their well-being.
Club members learn how to
manage stress, demonstrate
good teamwork, eat right and
keep physically fit.

Good Character & Citizenship

70% of Club teen members
volunteer in their community
at least once per year, while
44% volunteer in their community
at least once per

Club Impact

  • 98% of our seniors are on track to graduate high school.

  • Our teens were awarded $3,554,616 in scholarships in 2023.

  • In a NYOY interactive survey, 54% of our alumni say the Club “saved my life.”

  • Over 45,000 warm meals are served each year.

Member Testimonial

“With the stress of my responsibilities at home, my Club became a safe place where I could be a kid again. I made new friends while playing basketball in the gym and exploring artistic expression in the art room. I felt a sense of belonging. I felt included and protected in a judgment-free environment. I had mentors who pushed me to become the best version of myself and staff in whom I could confide.” ~ Isabel Shepard, 2023 National Youth of the Year Finalist

Key Programs

Power Hour

Our afterschool homework program that all members participate in that leads to higher reading levels and graduation rates.

Youth of the Year

The Youth of the Year Award is Boys & Girls Club of Greater Holland’s highest local honor, rewarding leadership, service, and academic standing. Each year, Clubs recognize teen members ages 14-18, nominating members to compete for BGCGH’s Youth of the Year.

Torch Club

Torch Club is a powerful vehicle through which 11-13 year olds develop and strengthen their leadership skills. Torch Club members elect officers and work together to implement projects in the four focus areas: service to Club and community; education; health and fitness; and social recreation.


SMART Girls is a small-group health, fitness, prevention/education and self-esteem enhancement program for elementary girls in which they explore their values as they build skills for eating right, staying physically fit, getting good health care and developing positive relationships with peers and adults.