May 20, 2019 - Monday


KIDS NEED TO KNOW THAT SOMEONE CARESThe Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City provides a fun, safe environment for kids to learn, play, grow and meet new friends.

From sports to education and group activities, the Clubs provide quality programs to thousands of area kids every day. Kids who may otherwise lack the resources for such opportunities.

The number of children left home alone with no adult supervision has only increased over the past 10 years. That’s why the Clubs are open before and after school, snow days and some holidays, providing a positive outlet for kids during their free time.

Giving these kids a wholesome place to go and some positive guidance is the key to bettering their lives … building their self-esteem … and providing a GREAT future for the kids who need us most.

Each year, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater
Kansas City serves nearly 8,000 youth from disadvantaged circumstances—ages 5-18 at our six Greater Kansas City Area locations—through quality youth programming in the toughest neighborhoods.

A closer look at the youth we serve:
• Gender: 57% male; 43% female
• Ethnicity: 70% African American;
15% Caucasian; 8% Hispanic/Latino;
1% Asian; 6% Multiple Ethnicities/Other
• Income: 82% come from single parent households; 86% of our youth qualify for free or reduced-price lunches

Sports L•A•B™
Where sports are more than just a game!
Sports Lifestyle, Attitude and Behavior Program

Sports LAB is a sports-centric program utilizing creative expression and strategic thinking along with physical activity to teach Club members basic life skills through sports instruction and participation.

There are 4 key elements:

Lifestyle – “How are you Living?” Actively caring for yourself through wise decision-making, maintaining proper nutrition, rest and training. The importance of preparation is also stressed.

Attitude – “Where’s your Head?” Concentration and Focus. The importance of mental toughness and acuity and a strong sense of ‘self’ are central to this component of the Sports LAB equation. Success and achievement are fostered in one’s disposition. A positive (vs. a defeatist) approach in dealing with challenges and adversity in sports and life is taught, emphasized and encouraged. The benefits of working together as a cohesive unit (a team) are emphasized.

Behavior –“What are you Doing? Constructive vs. Destructive actions and conduct.” Assessing the playing field and competition and making proper decisions are key points of emphasis. Members will learn how to process significant amounts of information quickly and make a decision. In those cases where the decision leads to a less than positive result, participants will learn how to manage their disappointment. These learned skills can and will easily translate to the decision-making process when dealing with conflict and adversity on the playing field and in life.

Career Development – This element of the Sports LAB program focuses solely on the career opportunities available for those young people interested in sports as a vocation but not necessarily gifted or talented enough to make the transition to competing on a major college or professional level.

Throughout their Sports LAB experience, members will have an opportunity to meet and interact with individuals whose careers are tied to professional sports though not actually performing on the field. Coaches, Trainers, Managers, Statisticians, Reporters, Groundskeepers, etc. Through these exposures, we will inspire members to continue to plan and pursue a post-secondary educational experience leading them to a rewarding career in an industry that feeds their sports passion.

All children, regardless of their circumstances, will have a shot at a bright, successful future right here in Kansas City.

The long-term goal of the Clubs’ programs is to ensure members have the skills they need to graduate high school and pursue college, vocational training, or a career.

Boys & Girls Clubs of America worked with the Search Institute to identify five key elements that lead our youth down a path to success:
• A safe, positive environment: The Club is a safe haven where members feel physically and emotionally secure at all times.
• Fun: Members engage in play in a positive, welcoming environment and are eager to come to the Club.
• Supportive relationships: Every young person builds strong friendships with peers and feels connected to one or more adults.
• Opportunities and expectations: Club staff and programs consistently communicate the expectation that every child has the potential to excel, be productive and succeed at the Club and in life.
• Recognition: The Club takes every opportunity to recognize and validate Club members’ achievements and accomplishments.

At the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City, young lives are changing for the better every day … all because of generous support from friends like you. Thank you for caring. See how your
support has made a difference.

Cameron’s Story
Cameron is not your typical college student. He’s grown up in the toughest neighborhoods and he’s been through more hard times than most youth have to experience in a lifetime; but that’s what makes him stronger. At a young age, Cameron joined the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City, J&D Wagner Unit, a home away from home. From learning how to swim to preparing for high school graduation, Cameron relied on the life changing programs and support of Club staff to help build a great future for himself and for his family. Now a student at Metropolitan Community College, Cameron credits the Clubs with instilling in him the values of hard work and self-confidence. His story started at Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City and now he is fully prepared to write the next chapter.


Would you like to make a contribution to the Clubs? Contact us at 816-361-3600 or donate
online at

Interested in participating in or sponsoring one of our special events? Call 816-361-3600.

Jobs/Volunteer Opportunities
For more information on job openings or volunteer opportunities, call 816-361-3600 or email

Interested in profiling a Club member, staff member or program? How about expert opinions on issues facing our youth? Call 816-361-3600 and ask for the Marketing Department.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City promotes the development of self-esteem, values, and skills for boys and girls, ages 5-18, with special emphasis on youth from disadvantaged circumstances.We accomplish this by:
1. Providing opportunities in the following areas:
• Education & Career Development
• Public Speaking & Leadership
• Health & Life Skills
• Technology

2. Utilizing positive, caring and committed staff and volunteers.
3. Involving kids and their parents in the planning and implementation of Club programming.
4. Establishing services in locations that are safe, affordable and accessible.
5. Partnering with other organizations to enhance core services.
6. Evaluating and modifying program activities to ensure they meet established outcomes.

STRATEGIC VISION — to have 100% of our members graduate from High School with a post-secondary plan

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City
Nancy and Gordon Beaham
4001 Blue Parkway, Suite 102
Kansas City, MO 64130

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