At Boys & Girls Clubs of Marin and Petaluma (BGCMP), we serve more than 5,300 youth ages 6-18 and 70,000 meals annually at 15 Clubhouses throughout Marin County and Petaluma. BGCMP strives to enable all young people; especially those who need us most to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. Our promise to Marin and Petaluma youth: to provide a safe, positive place and have a significant impact on their lives.

The true work of Boys & Girls Clubs – the heart of what we do—lies fittingly at the center of our Formula for Impact. To create the optimal outcome-driven Club experience, BGCMP provides high-yield activities and targeted programs, actively encouraging young people to attend more frequently, and employ Five Key Elements for positive youth development. In recent years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America has made great strides in becoming a leader in outcomes measurement in the youth-serving sector, building the capability of Club organizations to collect and use data to gauge our positive effect on youth members. Based on youth development research and more than a century of Clubs’ own experiences, BGCA articulated a new theory of change in 2010. The Formula for Impact guides Clubs in helping youth achieve outcomes in three priority areas: Academic Success, Good Character and Citizenship, and Healthy Lifestyles.

Positive Self Esteem
Boys & Girls Clubs subscribe to the theory that programs should provide youth with a Sense of Belonging, a Sense of Usefulness, a Sense of Competence, and a Sense of Power or Influence. When this has been established, the self-esteem of youth will be enhanced.

Five Key Elements for positive youth development

  • a safe, positive environment to learn and grow
  • fun
  • ongoing and supportive relationships with caring, adult professionals
  • life-enhancing programs and character development experiences creating opportunities and expectations for development
  • hope, opportunity and recognition for youth


How to register?

Space is limited and registration is first come, first serve. In order to register your child for a specific after-school program or summer camp, please contact the site director on the Clubhouse page.