Boys and Girls Clubs of America, federation of more than 1,006 organizations established (1906) in Boston as the Federated Boys' Clubs to help young people, especially those who are disadvantaged. Later called Boys' Clubs of America, it acquired its present name in 1990. Its headquarters are in Atlanta, Ga. Most clubs consist of a neighborhood building dedicated to children and young people and staffed by professionals and volunteers. The centers are open after school and on weekends to provide a safe place for leisure-time activites such as sports and computer classes.
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