BGC South East (formerly Boys and Girls Club of Kingston & Area), was established in 1993, and has decades-long history in providing high-quality child and youth programs in our community.
To learn more about the history of the Club, please see here a beautiful booklet titled “The First Ten Years”, and developed by honorary Board member, Reg Shadbolt.
In 2021, Boys and Girls Clubs across the country changed our names to BGC, to capture the diversity and breadth of our work: in the populations we serve, in our staff and in our partners. BGC South East is committed to serve communities in our local region where needs reside and opportunities arise.
Our mission is to provide safe supportive spaces and positive mentoring relationships where young people experience new opportunities and develop confidence and skills for life.
Our vision is that all young people discover and achieve their full potential.
Our programs include diverse activities to develop varied skills: sports, arts & crafts, STEAM, literacy, nutrition & cooking, and more!
Program themes encompass the areas of Leadership, Teamwork, Learning for Life, Healthy Choices, and Service to Club & Community.
Learning and Career Development: Programs that enable children and youth to develop and achieve their educational goals, career aspirations and embrace life-long learning. These Programs result in increased homework completion, improved literacy skills and Educational Programs linked to school curriculums.
Physical Activity, Health and Safety: Programs that develop and increase young people’s capacity to make healthy choices and engage in positive behaviours that promote their safety and well-being.
Leadership, Growth and Empowerment: Programs that nurture confidence in children and youth, provide opportunities to develop and practice leadership skills and empower them to support and influence their community.
Families and Communities: Programs that build the capacities of families and communities to support the health and aspirations of children and youth.