Boys & Girls Club of Tampa Bay

Who We Are

Our Mission

To enable all young people, especially those who need us the most, to reach their full potential as productive, responsible, caring citizens.

Our Vision

We are committed to providing a world-class Club Experience that assures success is within reach for every young person who enters our doors, with all members on track to graduate from high school with a plan for the future, demonstrating good character and citizenship, and living a healthy lifestyle.

Our Commitment to Inclusion

Boys & Girls Clubs of America supports all youth and teens – of every race, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, ability, socio-economic status, and religion – in reaching their full potential.

The Need

Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay serves more than 22,000 youth in Hillsborough and Pasco Counties annually at our 22 Clubs. Our staff diligently work with our kids who fall into the Learning Gap due to the disparity in academic performance creating an Opportunity Gap which is dependent on race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and other factors that contribute to academic limitations.   

Our Three Pillars

Explore innovative programs designed to empower youth to excel in school, become good citizens and lead healthy, productive lives. 

Character & Leadership

Health & Wellness

Academic Successes

Our Community Impact

92%

qualify for reduced lunch

100%

graduation rate

74%

live at or below the federal poverty level

550K

meals served in 2020 in partnership with Feeding Tampa Bay

99%

youth no involvement with DJJ

Population We Serve

50/50

boys and girls served

40%

Hispanic

33%

Black

17%

White

10%

Other

Leadership Team

Terry Carter

Chief Executive Officer

tcarter@bgctampa.org

Valerie Kendall

Chief Financial & Administrative Officer

vkendall@bgctampa.org

Mary Dillon

Vice President of Youth Development

mdillon@bgctampa.org

Elisa Jackson

Chief Development Officer

ejackson@bgctampa.org

History of Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay

Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay has been a strong thread in the fabric of the Tampa Bay community for more than 90 years. In 1926, the Tampa Rotary Club established the first Club, – the West Tampa Boys Club. After successfully financing and operating the Club for almost 20 years, the Rotarians recognized a need for expansion and thus began the growth of an organization dedicated to serving young men and women.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Great Futures Professional Council 

Alumni Association

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