At the recent groundbreaking in Ferguson for a new Teen Center of Excellence for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis, Dr. Flint Fowler, president of the organization, said, “Adding a successful youth-focused organization into Ferguson like Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis, which has a long track record of success, can bolster young people’s attitudes and give them a sense of hope.”

The mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need it most, to reach their full potential as productive, responsible, caring citizens. Every day after school, teen, sports and summer programs are offered to youth in the St. Louis area while a safe place is provided for children to learn and grow.

“Our success,” as the Boys & Girls Clubs’ website states on its services page, “compels us to address the needs of more kids, more often and in more places during non-school hours. It’s our hope that every kid who comes through our doors, leaves, having graduated from high school with a plan for their future.”

The former Sportsman’s Park became the site for the Herbert Hoover Boys Club, which welcomed girls, too. Official name changes, admission to girls, expansion of services and branching out with a growing footprint brings it to 50+ years of after-school, summer and sports program, dental and vision care.

It provides a club home and services to address community needs of youth throughout St. Louis City and County, with the Teen Center of Excellence in Ferguson the next positive step on the path.