The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Rogue Valley works to provide year-round positive, fun and safe places and programs for all kids, helping them to build self-esteem and develop skills necessary to make right choices, becoming responsible and productive citizens.
Since 1970, Boys & Girls Clubs serve thousands of Southern Oregon youths each year through diverse programs in these key areas:
- CLUBS – We provide facility-based programs for kids and teens, 6 to 18 years of age. We have three branches located in Grants Pass, Cave Junction and Talent. We are open Monday through Friday, after school during the school year and all day during summer and other breaks. A wide variety of activities are offered in the core areas of The Arts, Education & Career Development, Sports, Fitness & Recreation, Character & Leadership Development and Health & Life Skills.
- TEAM SPORTS – Sports kids in and around Josephine County have the opportunity to participate in organized leagues in a fun atmosphere of skill-building and teamwork. Currently offered are: Volleyball (spring and fall), Flag Football (spring and fall), Tackle Football (fall) and Basketball (winter).
- ALTERNATIVE LEARNING CENTER – Located at the Cleveland Boys & Girls Club in Grants Pass, this program provides an alternative school for District 7 middle school students who need a change from their regular campus setting.
Brief Boys & Girls Clubs of the Rogue Valley Historical Outline
1970: Boys Club of Grants Pass began with the first clubhouse located on 4th Street
1972: Club moved into the old National Guard Armory (current location in Grants Pass) through $1/year lease with Josephine County.
1985: Name changed to Boys Club of Grants Pass and Josephine County, reflecting services to kids throughout the area by offering team sports.
1989: Began summer outreach program at Jubilee Park in Cave Junction.
1990: Boys Clubs of America changed name to Boys & Girls Clubs of America and we changed name to Boys & Girls Clubs of Josephine County.
1993: Annual membership surpassed 1,000; began year round program in Cave Junction.
1995: Launched Alternative Middle School Club at the Grants Pass facility.
1996: Operating budget nears $300,000; began programs in Wolf Creek and Wilderville.
1999: Josephine County deeded the armory building and property to Boys & Girls Clubs as part of capital campaign; Wilderville program ended due to low enrollment.
2000: Budget reached $650,000; Taste of the Rogue surpasses $75,000.
2001: Merged Boys & Girls Clubs of Jackson County and Boys & Girls Clubs of Josephine County, forming Boys & Girls Clubs of the Rogue Valley with programs in Cave junction, Grants Pass, Talent, Gold Hill, Phoenix and Wolf Creek.
2002: Re-opened White City location; Grants Pass branch re-locates to temporary building site as building project begins.
2003: Wolf Creek and Gold Hill programs ended due to low resource development success in their local areas; new 31,000 square-foot Grants Pass building opened; serving nearly 400 youth every day.
2004: Taste of the Rogue reached $200,000; kicked off Girlfriends Great Escape fundraising event – raising over $10,000.
2005: Grants Pass Boys & Girls Club began serving hot USDA dinners
2006: Budget reached $1.4 million; committees formed to consider expanding programs into Medford, to build a Club in Cave Junction and to expand the White City facility.
2007: Illinois Valley branch began serving hot USDA dinners; 1st Bite of the Rogue Valley event; over 600 youth served each day in after-school programs.
2008: Talent & Phoenix branches began serving hot USDA dinners; Board leadership restructured with four new branch committees.
2009: White City branch began serving hot USDA dinners; Partnership with Shady Cover community for Friday Night Teen Nights began.
2011: Phoenix & Talent branches merged; Shady Cove program ended due to low resource development success in their local area.
2012: White City program ended due to low resource development success in their local area.
2013: The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Rogue Valley’s vision is improved to increase participation in our Youth Development and Mentoring Programs.