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Good Character and Citizenship Begins in the Clubs

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City begins working with youth as young as five years of age, teaching responsibility of self, of others and of their community. When young people step through the doors of a Club, they are stepping into a community of their peers who are learning the key principles of good character and citizenship. These principles include: caring for one another, listening, supporting, and working side by side to make a change. The foundation for good character and citizenship is established in Club programs such as SMART Girls, RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities), Passport to Manhood, Keystone Club and Torch Club.

Through a comprehensive, intentional and outcome-driven approach to programming, we ensure that if children participate in the activities and programs available to them, they are more likely to become productive, responsible citizens making a positive impact in their community.

Good character and citizenship are key to creating Great Futures for our youth. Click here to check out a video featuring our president, Dave Smith, and our great friend and Allstate partner, Tim Waltrip, discussing good character and citizenship at the Clubs.


(Pictured left to right – Damon Bryant, Joey Smith, Dave Smith, Charles Porter and Dr. Gerald Woods (on behalf of Jack Woods))

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City (BGCGKC)  honored five outstanding Alumni Hall of Fame inductees during the Clubs’ Graduation Celebration in April.

Willie Arthur Smith – Alumni of the Year

Charles Porter – Sports Alumni of the Year

Jack Woods (posthumously) – Sports Alumni of the Year

Damon Bryant – Service Alumni of the Year

Joey Smith – Service Alumni of the Year

According to a Harris Interactive survey, 57 percent of Boys & Girls Club alumni said “the Club saved my life.”

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City Alumni Hall of Fame program serves as a means of recognizing, preserving and honoring the more than 100 year legacy of the Clubs. The Hall of Fame’s mission is to recognize contributions embodied in the Boys & Girls Clubs’ motto: “Great Futures Start Here.”

Inductees are former members or volunteers of the Boys Club, Boys & Girls Clubs or any of its affiliates, who have made positive contributions to youth, the community and have achieved success in their careers. A closer examination of the 2017 inductees into Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City’s Alumni Hall of Fame proves the Club does indeed create Great Futures.

“We can all share the sense of pride that comes with knowing our Clubs produce so many successful leaders,” said Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City President and Club Alumnus, Dave Smith. “Their stories are very different, but all start out the same – with life-changing programs, caring and attentive staff, and the fun and safety of a local Boys & Girls Club.”

 Click Here for more information on the inductees and the Alumni Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.