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Boys and Girls Club of Calgary

We are committed to transforming the lives of vulnerable children, youth and their families by providing safe places and offering services and programs designed to meet the evolving needs of our community. We want our kids to develop confidence, gain skills, and experience success so that they can reach their best potential in life.

Our Impact

What We Do

Every single kid needs hope for what the future holds…

For over 75 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of Calgary has carried on a tradition of helping young people to discover, develop and achieve their full potential as adults, citizens and leaders by engaging them in activities that challenge and enrich their minds, bodies and spirits and nurture their self-esteem. Our safe, caring Club environments and enriching programs have enabled thousands of young Calgarians to play, learn and develop valuable skills for life.

Today, Boys & Girls Clubs of Calgary is a leading provider of quality programs to children and youth that support the healthy physical, educational and social development of young people and their families.

2016 Highlights:

  • BGCC offers more than 40 programs in every quadrant of Calgary, meeting with children, youth and families where they are and where they need us most.
  • 261 community members invested 15,938 hours of volunteering for our kids.
  • 256 organized volunteer groups donated more than 68 hours of service and $48,000 in supply costs.
  • 707 vulnerable youth were supported by 15 Success Coaches through All In for Youth by removing barriers that were preventing them from completing their education.
  • Our 8 Community Clubs supported 1,498 children and youth in their social and emotional learning.
  • 273 campers attended Camp Adventure for the very first time.
  • 95% of our more than 40 programs offer at least one snack or meal.
  • 25 girls a year from across Alberta are supported in their recovery from sexual exploitation through the holistic treatment at Grimmon House.
  • The BGCC Youth Housing & Shelter stream offers 11 programs and runs two of the largest youth homeless shelters in the city.
  • Through our Indigenous Initiatives programs, over 362 youth were supported in their healing journey through leadership skills development, cultural connections, ceremony, referral supports, one-to-one support and recreational connections.
  • We have supported 391 parents/caregivers and 253 children through our Early Childhood programs.
  • Building Youth Connections (BYC) served 91 immigrant and refugee youth.

Our Programs

How We Do It

Every single kid needs opportunities to pursue their goals and dreams…

It isn’t the mountain ahead that wears you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe. – Robert W. Service

Imagine for a moment, when our children and youth are facing a mountain of challenges before them, what that pebble must feel like? “Pebbles” wear our kids down each day — they prevent them from living, learning, experiencing, attaching, loving and growing.

We know that every child faces challenges in life… that’s how they learn. But we don’t want them to be worn down before they’ve even been given a chance… we want them to thrive!

At Boys & Girls Clubs of Calgary, we remove the pebbles — issues like hunger, homelessness and lack of opportunity — by presenting over 40 programs at countless locations in every quadrant of Calgary.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Calgary work for positive change in the city by improving the lives of vulnerable children, youth and families in five areas:

From our two preschools in low-income communities to shelters for homeless youth and to vital support programs in the community, our services recognize and respond to the emerging needs of kids and families; particularly those most affected by complex social and economic issues.

Our Requests

What You Can Do

Every single kid needs a community to stand beside them…

The size and complexity of Calgary has changed over the years and continues to develop in remarkable and yet many unimaginable ways. The landscape can seem hopeless.

At Boys & Girls Clubs of Calgary, we BELIEVE that we have an answer and that answer is HOPE.

Hope is a safe place to land in the world. Hope is embodied in our caring and passionate staff, donors, community partners and people like YOU who show, lead, tell, and prove to our kids every day that they are worth it, they are valuable, they have a place in this world, we believe in them, it will get better, and — above all else — there is HOPE.

These words are not simply random sentiments. They are connected to real kids, numbers, statistics and examples, which are plentiful, and they all add up to one thing…


With your investment, and with our skilled, caring staff and our ever-growing continuum of services, collectively we can continue to help thousands of vulnerable children and youth by providing them with a shoulder to lean on, a warm bed and a safe place to be. Even more importantly, we provide care, focus, time, skills, support, HOPE…and a viable solution for each and every one of Calgary’s vulnerable children and youth. We are grateful for your committed investment and dedication to every single one of our kids…because every single kid deserves a safe place to land in the world…because every single kid counts.

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Lauren Michiels

Media and Communications Advisor


Charitable Number: 106804669RR0001

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