True to Our Mission
We are dedicated to ensuring that our community’s youth who need us most have access to quality programs and services that will enhance their lives and shape their future.
Why We’re Here
Today’s youth are growing up in a world much different from that of previous generations. The structure and patterns of family life have changed dramatically. The divorce rate is high; many of our members are from single-parent homes or being raised by grandparents or other family members. Childhood obesity is at an all time high. Most young people are confronted with dangerous influences like gangs, drugs and alcohol, and violence in their schools and neighborhoods.
All young people have the potential to succeed. However, not all young people get the support and mentorship they need to thrive. Club alumni say that without Club intervention by caring adult mentors, they often would have made choices that could undermine their future.
Children need to have a place where they are physically and emotionally safe. In addition to providing a caring environment, we offer daily access to a broad range of programs that promote the education, health, social character, service and leadership of the youth we serve.
The Citrus Center Boys Club began operations in Winter Haven in 1954. In 2002, the Club was opened to girls as well, and the name was changed to The Citrus Center Boys & Girls Clubs Inc.
Facts about Our Club MembershipWe proudly serve children ages 6–18 from diverse backgrounds in our own communities.
- Ages 6-9 43%
- Ages 10-12 35%
- Ages 13-15 19%
- Ages 16-18 3%
- African American 61%
- Latino 19%
- White 11%
- Biracial 9%
- Male 59%
- Female 41%
- Single Parent Homes 67%
What does the Boys & Girls Club do?
Our clubs serve the children and youth in the East Polk County areas. We are dedicated to make a difference in the lives of those who enter our clubs.
How does the Boys & Girls Club make a difference?
- Boys & Girls Club members have lower high school dropout rates than non-members.
- Boys & Girls Club members have greater overall achievement levels in reading & math (according to FCAT scores).
- Boys & Girls Club members have lower rates of absenteeism from school.
- Boys & Girls Club members have lower rate of criminal offenses.
- Boys & Girls Club members have lower incidences of teen pregnancy.
Where are the Clubs located?
Clubs are located in Winter Haven, Haines City and Lake Wales. Our reach areas include Auburndale, Lake Alfred, Davenport and Dundee.
What do kids do at the Club?
Who attends the clubs?
Our clubs are open to children and youth ages 6-18. Our boys and girls represent the diverse population of our communities.