Our History

Timeline History:  Today & The Future
1860-First Boys Club begins in Hartford, Connecticut (national)
1908-Several Boys Clubs affiliate and form Federated Boys Clubs of Boston (national)
1931-Boys Club Federation of America became Boys Clubs of America (national)
1938-Macon Police Cadets organized
1940-Moved to 506 First Street location
1941-Name changed to Young Americans
1944-Affiliated with Boys’ Clubs of America (now Boys & Girls Clubs of America)
1948-Construction begins on Second Street Club
1949-Club opens at 1527 Second Street
1956-50th anniversary of Boys Clubs of America.US Congressional charter received. (national)
1972-Carl D. Thomas Memorial Club ground-breaking
1974-Carl D. Thomas Memorial Club dedicated
1990-Boys Clubs of America changes name to Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Congressional charter is amended and renewed.(national)
2013  Boys & Girls Clubs of Central GA celebrated its 75th Anniversary
A recent program evaluation was undertaken by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Georgia to gather detailed information about the strengths and weaknesses of various programs.
Some notable results are:
  • 94% of members enrolled in our after school program moved ahead to their next grade level
  • 89% of members attended school with 2 or fewer absences each 9 weeks
  • 95% of members enrolled in our after school program completed all daily homework assignments
  • 85% of members understood the importance of good health and regular exercise
  • 87% of members scored 70% or better on standardized tests for their grade level
The Future:
While our achievements are extensive, we are committed to continue aggressively expanding our services to reach more children. With the help of all the individuals, corporations, and foundations who share our beliefs in the potential of all girls and boys, regardless of their circumstances, we look to the future with great optimism.

In every community, many boys and girls are left to find their own recreation and 
companionship in the streets. An increasing number of children are at home with no adult care or supervision, especially in the after school hours between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Young people need postive alternatives.
At the Boys & Girls Club, young people explore and develop their talents.  Boys and girls aged 6-18, who might otherwise be on the streets, are engaged in life-enhancing programs that are proven to help them grow into responsible, productive adults.
Boys & Girls Clubs offer that and more. Club programs and services promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence. The average member at B&GCCG spends 10 hours a week in life-enhancing program.