History

1992-2003

The Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley was founded in 1992 by a group of community leaders in response to the need for safe, affordable, educational and productive activities for at-risk youth during non-school hours. For its first ten years the Club did not have a home of its own, utilizing local schools’ space, but forced to move when the schools needed the space for their own needs.

A Decade Of Growth: 2004-2014

In 2004, after years of fundraising, the Club purchased its own facility with the help of a grant from the state and assistance from a local business leader, Rickey Gelb. Located at 7245 Remmet Ave., Canoga Park, the Club is a two-story, 10,000-square-foot building.

Today the Club serves more than 800 total children daily throughout all of our locations!

Local support is particularly crucial because the national Boys & Girls Clubs of America does not subsidize the Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley; the West Valley Club depends largely on its own community for support.

It takes money to run a Boys & Girls Club – approximately $800 per child per year. The alternative: keeping a young adult in jail costs taxpayers $25,000 to $75,000 annually. The Boys & Girls Clubs’ proven delinquency-prevention programs are one of the best bargains in America.

Moving To The Next Level:

The Club is poised to reach the next level in its services to youth in terms of programs, facilities, and the numbers of young people it helps become positive, productive adults.

In order to provide teens – the most vulnerable segment of young people to negative influences and poor lifestyle choices – with their own Teen Center and their own programs, in late 2013 the Club bought a building directly across from the Main Clubhouse in Canoga Park.