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Nourishing Bodies and Friendships

The Mt. Airy Club is fortunate to receive donations from Kowalski’s each week so that Club families can bring home fresh, healthy groceries. The fruits, vegetables, and non-perishables donated by Kowalski’s have positively impacted hundreds of kids and families...

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Mind, Body, Community

Ke’la, BGCTC’s recently-named Youth of the Year, has a passion for creating a culture of mental health awareness and empowerment among her peers at Patrick Henry High School. Ke’la completed a mental health research project through the MN Department of Education’s...

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A Reason to Choose Healthy

Our Jerry Gamble Club in north Minneapolis partners with Minnesota Preparatory Academy to provide exclusive high school/post-graduate education and elite athletic training. In collaboration with the Academy, the Jerry Gamble Boys & Girls Club provides teens...

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Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities knows that Minnesota winters can be hard on our health. Here at the Clubs, our kids and teens are Growing Strong! each and every day by eating nutritious meals and snacks, participating in daily physical activity, and striving to stay mentally and emotionally healthy as we wait for spring to arrive!

In 2019…

youth were served in our Clubs.

nutritious meals and snacks were served, supplementing the basic needs of 4,000 families.


of Club members ages 9 and older reported getting at least one hour of physical activity five or more days per week.


of Club members benefited from Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) strategies.

Our Healthy Lifestyles strategy develops young people’s capacity to live healthfully by educating youth about fitness, nutrition, and smart decisions. Healthy Lifestyles program activities focus on instilling positive conflict resolution techniques, engaging in positive behaviors, setting personal goals, and building resistance skills that nurture and strengthen youth at all ages of development.

  • We support the development of healthy bodies through nutrition, physical exercise and movement, making healthy choices, and connecting to nature.

  • We support the development of healthy minds through social and emotional learning (SEL), trauma-informed practices, resiliency interventions, and behavior interventions.

Please consider supporting the Healthy Lifestyles of our kids TODAY by making a donation to Growing Strong! Make a reoccurring monthly gift to have a year-round positive impact on our young people!