News & Events | Boys & Girls Clubs of Kennebec Valley
Day of Caring - Friday, April 12th,2019
April Vacation Week - April 15-19,2019
CLUB CLOSED- Monday, April 15th,2019
Youth of the Year - Tuesday, May 7th,2019
*** ALL childcare and teen center families who are currently enrolled in Club programming are eligible for FREE swim at the KV YMCA in Augusta. (This does not include lessons.) The process is simple just get a letter from the front Office signed by the Office Manager, bring the letter to the YMCA and register with them! That is it!!!! Swim times do vary depending on the season, so make sure you check the YMCA's updated schedule.
Our New Name
In June of 2017 our Club logged another milestone, perhaps its most significant one to date. We changed our name to The Boys & Girls Clubs of Kennebec Valley and celebrated with a barbecue and a milestone group photo.
After eighteen years of growing and trying to live by the advice we give our kids—think big, act globally, do good everywhere—we needed to change our name so it reflects what we have become. We have built successful programs, and we have gained experience. We are bursting at the seams of our current Club and now have onsite satellite programs in other locations.
Our vision is to inspire and empower more youth to achieve success and to champion opportunities for young people throughout Kennebec Valley. Our name change reflects that vision. We aspire to:
-- Increase and sustain quality youth programs throughout the Valley.
-- Advocate for regional youth development.
-- Change the future for many more youth in the Kennebec Valley — from preschoolers to teens.
How many more kids? and what kids? The Kennebec Valley has around 24,000 children under age 18. One in five live in poverty. One quarter are under 5 years old, and 3,000 of these 5-year-olds are not in any public preschool program. One quarter of all children in the Valley also live with food insecurity, and 41% of those at school age (ages 5 to 18) are eligible for school free and reduced lunches. So a whole lot of kids need help.
The reality of these numbers and others—both those troubling and those heartening--are what drive our aspirations. Our region needs a vision and an umbrella for our youngest and most vulnerable citizens—our future parents, employees, co-workers, and neighbors!
The Boys & Girls Clubs of America are our advocates in our vision. The BGCA Great Futures 2025 initiative embraces a vision “to inspire and empower Club youth to achieve success and to champion opportunities for all young people in America.” BGCA encourages its Clubs “to advocate for youth in every community to enable success for all young people.” The top priorities that local Clubs are asked to embrace are reaching more youth, advocating for youth development, increasing program quality, and strengthening the organization. We plan to do just that.