Our History

In 2003, a group of concerned citizens in Martinsville and Henry County began working to create a Boys & Girls Club in the area as a means of responding to the community's need for a safe and affordable place for kids to go during after school hours. In 2004, Boys & Girls Clubs of Martinsville & Henry County opened its doors.

In 2008, the national organization, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, determined that establishing a new regional organzation in the Marinsville and Henry County area would further the mission of the Clubs and assist with future expansion into undeserved areas and populations in Virginia. Under the new corporate structure, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Blue Ridge assumed operations of the Martinsville and Henry County Clubs, which continue to serve over 800 Club members annually. Boys & Girls Clubs of the Blue Ridge continues to make a significant difference in the area because we believe that Great Futures Start Here.

 

 

What We Do

Character & Leadership
Helping youth become responsible, caring citizens and acquire skills for participating in the democratic process is the main thrust of these programs. They also develop leadership skills and provide opportunities for planning, decision-making, contributing to Club and community and celebrating our national heritage.

Keystone Club
Keystone is the Boys & Girls Club Movement’s ultimate teen program. This unique leadership development experience provides opportunities for young people ages 14 to 18. Youth participate, both in and out of the Club, in activities in three focus areas: academic success, career preparation and community service. With the guidance of an adult advisor, Keystone Clubs aim to have a positive impact on members, the Club and community.

Youth of the Year
Established in 1947, Youth of the Year is BGCA’s premier recognition program for Club members, promoting service to Club, community and family; academic success; strong moral character; life goals; and poise and public speaking ability.