David A. Smith, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City’s President, will retire after nearly 25 Years Serving Club Youth

Friday, January 27, 2017

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Sharon Cleaver, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City
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 David A. Smith, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City’s President, will retire after nearly 25 Years Serving Club Youth
Smith has led the organization since 1994, ensuring quality after-school and summer time youth development programs for Kansas City youth.

Kansas City, MoBoys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City announced today that David A. Smith will retire from his role as President in the Spring of 2018.  Smith will continue with the Clubs through April 2018 to ensure a smooth and successful transition for his successor.

A former Club kid himself, David A. Smith was hired in 1994 as president of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City.  Under Smith’s leadership the organization has seen tremendous growth. In the near quarter century since taking the helm:

  • Operating revenue grew from approximately $1M to just over $8M;
  • Net assets grew from $2.5M to nearly $18M;
  • The organization acquired two Units in Eastern Jackson County;
  • Since 2000, five successful capital campaigns for renovation and expansion of the Clubs generated over $31M;
  • The organization expanded its footprint to Johnson County with the opening of a Unit in Olathe, KS; and
  • The organization began Kids Night Out, one of the most successful fundraising events in Kansas City, which has raised more than $15M since beginning in 1996.

“Dave has been instrumental in shaping the Boys & Girls Clubs into the premier youth development organization that it is today,” said Frank Caro, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City Corporate Board Chair.  “His leadership has been extraordinary.  The Clubs are grounded in the conviction that all Kansas City area youth, regardless of income level, have access to the opportunities and experiences necessary to achieve academically, grow socially and become a contributing member of our community.  Dave’s commitment to our mission is evident in the many successes we have experienced during his tenure.”

Over the course of his career, Smith has worked with hundreds of educators, youth development professionals and community leaders.  These partnerships have built initiatives that move the needle towards supporting the need for learning opportunities outside the traditional school day. He has especially focused these efforts on reaching low-income youth and youth of color with a “whole child” approach, understanding the critical role these programs play in developing 21st century skills.

Smith’s time at the Clubs is on top of an entire professional career spent helping young people.  Upon graduation from the University of Missouri-Kansas City with a Master’s degree in Communications, Smith held multiple leadership roles at the University including Assistant Basketball Coach, College of Arts and Science Instructor, Sports Information Director and Youth Program Administrator.  In 1982, Smith began a 12-year career with the YMCA of Greater Kansas City. Elected to the Kansas City, Missouri School Board as an at-large member in April 2002, Smith was re-elected in 2006 and served two terms as KCPS School Board President.

“Philanthropy and service are qualities that were instilled in me by my late mother, Samella Gates,” said Smith. “Ensuring that children and youth in Greater Kansas City’s urban core have opportunity and access to quality after-school and summer time youth development programs has been my life’s work and my work in this area will not end after my retirement from the Clubs.”

“I’ve held the best job in Kansas City,” Smith continues.  “Every day, more than 1,000 bright, capable and motivated young people walk through the doors of our Clubs and I witness the compassionate services provided by our team of 140 trained adult staff members and nearly 150 volunteers. To bear witness to the success of the thousands of young people we serve has been one of the greatest blessings of my long career. I am confident that the Board of Directors will choose a new leader who will maintain the Clubs’ long-held values while taking the organization to new heights.”

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City’s Corporate Board of Directors has formed a committee to support and guide a smooth transition process.  The committee expects to announce the search process for the Clubs’ next leader and post a job announcement in the coming months.


About Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City

For more than 100 years, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City has provided a fun and safe environment for youth, ages 5-18, to learn, play, meet new friends and grow. From sports, digital arts and media to group activities and tutoring, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City provides top-quality programs to more than 1,000 area youth each day in six metro area Club locations.  Whether it is learning how an individual can make a difference in his/her community or learning how to swim – the Clubs strive to help youth feel important and put their dreams of a great future within reach. For more information, visit www.helpKCkids.org or facebook.com/helpKCkids.