Mission & History

The mission of Boys & Girls Club of the Foothills (BGCF) is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens.

With the infrastructure and proven programming of Boys & Girls Clubs of America behind us, we offer daily access to a broad range of programs in five areas:

Our programs are designed to help youth of all backgrounds develop the qualities they need to overcome obstacles, become responsible citizens, and emerge as leaders.

Our History

In 1994, a group of concerned community members came together in response to high levels of delinquency, juvenile crime, and drug use among young people in the Monrovia and Duarte areas of Los Angeles County. Boys & Girls Club of the Foothills was established to provide youth with a constructive, positive place to spend out-of-school time. We opened our first facility in Recreation Park in the City of Monrovia, serving 25 to 50 members each day.

The Club has grown significantly since then. We now operate two K-5 sites and a teen center. We provide transportation to our sites from 12 pick-up locations throughout the area. Today, BGCF serves more than 350 youth each day and 1,000 members annually during the critical after school hours when the juvenile crime rate triples, and all day during summers and holiday breaks. We have received recognition from Boys & Girls Clubs of America for our steady and managed growth in attendance. Unlike many other after-school programs, we are not a drop-in center. Our approach is intentional and consistency is a priority. More than 86% of our members attend more than 100 days a year, which has been proven to significantly improve outcomes and the overall Club experience.

BGCF DEI STATEMENT

Boys & Girls Club of the Foothills stands against racism and discrimination. We take intentional and decisive action to weave diversity, equity, and inclusion into the fabric of our programming and the foundation of our organization. We are committed to using an equity lens in our work to continually transform and shape everything we do – hiring staff, recruiting board members, forming partnerships, and designing and delivering programming – so that we may be a beacon of opportunity for our youth.

We believe:

  • There are historically marginalized, underserved and underrepresented populations.
  • Systemic racism has an impact on the youth and families we serve, and on many of our staff and stakeholders.
  • Our mission compels us to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented the full participation and advancement of marginalized groups.

The work that occurs at our Clubs every day fosters a safe and inclusive environment for children and teens of every race, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, ability, socio-economic status, and religion. We seek to create a supportive environment where youth, staff, volunteers, and board members of all backgrounds and identities are encouraged to use their voices to create positive and meaningful change.

Be a part of BGCF. Donate, volunteer, enroll as a member, or contact us to learn how you can get involved.