The mission of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Valdosta is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as moral, responsible, caring, and productive citizens.
The purpose of the Boys & Girls Club of Valdosta is to promote the social, educational, health, leadership, and character development of boys and girls during critical periods of their growth.
The Boys & Girls Club of Valdosta is a unique organization consisting of two Clubs within Lowndes County and one unit in Brooks County. Our goal is to provide every child with the essential tools needed for a successful and bright future. Since 1944, the vision of the Boys & Girls Club has grown and changed with the needs of our children. As the needs of our children and their families continue to change, so will the dynamics of our programs and services.
Every day, the Boys & Girls Club of Valdosta strives to improve each child's life by implementing self-esteem, courage, and positive values through all of the educational programs. Our youth come to the Boys & Girls Club to receive tutoring, computer training, sports education, homework help, and mentoring. Our youth gain confidence by developing a sense of usefulness and belonging.
If you are looking for an exciting place for children to learn and grow or would like to volunteer, the Boys & Girls Club of Valdosta has something for you. Find out more about the Boys & Girls Club by exploring this Web site. Information about programs, locations, volunteer and donation opportunities are included. Keep reading to learn more about what we do. We guarantee that you will find what you are looking for at Boys & Girls Clubs of Valdosta.
The Boys & Girls Club of Valdosta, Inc. was organized on January 22, 1944. Since that time it has touched the lives of thousands of young people in South Georgia. The first club facility was located at 311 South Troup Street. In 1955 the Boys Club and newly formed Girls Club moved their headquarters to a new facility at 614 North Toombs Street.
In 1956 the club organized Little League Baseball and added a swimming pool. The club grew rapidly at the new location and in 1961 additional property was purchased and the Girls Club moved into separate quarters. Over the years the club has developed facilities and programs that would meet the needs of our growing community. In 1960 the Club obtained permission from the city and developed a baseball field at Sunset Park. Additional facilities were developed in 1970 at both Sunset Park and also at a new field in Remerton.
By the late 70's, the club was looking to expand once more. In 1979 Groundbreaking Ceremonies were held at a 24 acre site in North Lowndes County that would become the Lake Laurie Youth Sports Complex. Two additional facilities were added in Brooks County in 2003 to expand the outreach of our community even further.
The Boys & Girls Club of Valdosta has recently completed their newly renovated Don F. Reames Teen Center at the former Toombs Street location and new David S. Waller Unit on West North Street. This campus has over 40,000 square feet in facilities and one city block devoted to kids in downtown Valdosta. The community coalesced to raise over $11-million to expand services to the children who need us the most.
The Boys & Girls Club of Valdosta's 67-years of impact has once again reached a new level of service with a multi-faceted approach to reaching kids. Thank you Valdosta and Lowndes County for the continued support!
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