FEBRUARY 14, 2018
BY: SIERRA FRANCIS, PROJECT COORDINATOR, YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS, FIRSTPIC, INC.
This past November, I had the privilege of attending Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s 2017 Native Summit held in Fort Myers, Florida. Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) is celebrating an incredible 25 years of Native Clubs! This event marked the anniversary of a journey that started in 1992 with the establishment of the first Native Boys & Girls Club.
Today, 25 years later, BGCA is the nation’s largest youth service provider for Native youth. The campaign that began with one Club has since grown into a national network of nearly 200 Boys & Girls Clubs that serve over 86,000 Native youth, from 100 different American Indian, Alaska Native, American Samoan and Hawaiian Tribal communities.