Boys & Girls Clubs of Acadiana

Who We Are

Our Mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.


Boys & Girls Clubs Provide:

  • · A safe place to learn and grow
  • · Ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals
  • · Life-enhancing programs and character development experiences
  • · Hope and opportunity

 

We Offer Year Round Programs for members 6-18 years of age:

  • · Education & Career Programs
  • · Character & Leadership Programs
  • · Health & Life Skills
  • · The Arts Programs
  • · Sports, Fitness & Recreation
  • · Specialized Programs


 

Main Office-1405 W. Pinhook Rd., Lafayette, LA | 268-9555

Jackie Club-1000 Marie Antoinette, Lafayette, LA | 988-2582 | Eboney Breaux, Unit Director

Granberry Club-121 S. Washington St., Lafayette, LA | 232-6401 | Harold Alexander, Area Director

J.W. Faulk Club-711 E. Willow St., Lafayette, LA | 962-3952 | Cerita Davis, Unit Director

New Iberia Club | 322-4074 | Anesha Burgess, Unit Director

Vermillion Club-301 Memorial Drive, Abbeville, LA | 898-9745 | Brian Ford, Area Director

Opelousas Club-814 E. Laurent St., Opelousas LA | 407-9962 | Adrian Giron, Unit Director

 

History

 

The Past, Present and Future of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Acadiana

How did it all get started? In 1970, the Sertoma Club and Jaycees joined efforts, along with interested business leaders from throughout Lafayette, and the “Boys Club of Lafayette” was born. The first “Boys Club” actually opened for business in June of 1970 at the Mudd Avenue Community Center (now named the Domingue Center). In its first year of operation, the Boys Club served approximately 100 boys, and the Club remained in that location for eleven years. In 1981, the Boys Club purchased the Granberry Boys Club facility on S. Washington Street, and the organization changed its name to the “Boys Club of Acadiana.”

By 1983, the need for another Club in Lafayette became apparent, and the Hagan Club began operations on Churchill Drive, just off of Johnston Street. Between the two Lafayette Clubs, the organization was providing youth development services to over 500 boys, but by the end of the decade, it was clear that girls needed a safe and positive after-school environment every bit as much as the boys. On January 1, 1990, the Boys Club of Acadiana became the Boys & Girls Clubs of Acadiana, and officially extended its services to girls.

Surrounding communities soon began to learn of the outstanding programs offered by the Clubs, and realized that a Club could make a significant impact on the children of their area. Abbeville was the first to call. A group of concerned and very active citizens in Abbeville rolled up their sleeves and began the daunting task of raising the funds necessary to operate a Club – even when they were warned it might not be possible in a town of that size, they persevered. In September 1990, the Vermilion Unit became the Boys & Girls Clubs of Acadiana’s third site, and moved into its permanent home, the A.A. Comeaux Building in June 1992. Opening the Vermilion site increased the youth served by the organization to 1,500 boys & girls.

While the Granberry facility had been expanded and retrofitted to serve girls, the Board realized that the Hagan facility, while a wonderful location for a Club, was simply too small to adequately serve the number of children who wanted and needed to attend. The Board embarked on a capital campaign to raise the funds to construct a new facility, and the fundraising began. Meanwhile, leaders in New Iberia were determined to help the youth in Iberia Parish. Through a partnership with the Iberia Parish School Board and local government, the Iberia Boys & Girls Club became our fourth Club site in July 1997 at the historic Bahon Gymnasium.

By 1999, the Board had raised approximately $1.2 million, and construction on the new Lafayette facility began. In 2000, the Jackie Club was opened on Marie Antoinette Street to replace the Hagan facility. Then in 2001, the Opelousas Housing Authority approached the Boys & Girls Clubs and a partnership was formed to provide Boys & Girls Club programs at their new youth facility.

The sixth Boys & Girls Club and most recent site is a partnership that began in 2011 between Boys & Girls Clubs and the Lafayette Parish School Board. It is called the J.W. Faulk Unit. This site is housed at J.W. Faulk Elementary. As of this point in time the Boys & Girls Clubs of Acadiana serves approximately 3,000 youth.

This rich history encompasses thousands of children and hundreds of staff members. When you ask a child about his Club experience years later, you are most likely to hear stories about a particular staff person, and something they said or did which impacted the child. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Acadiana has a reputation of excellence, and has experienced much success. Our teens have learned through the Club that they can be leaders, not only in their Clubs, but in their homes, schools, and communities. Acadiana has had several teens to be named Louisiana State Youth of the Year. These include Brent Royer, Courtney Heenan, Markeiya Polite, and Lamar Narcisse.

Courtney Heenan, of the Vermilion Club, went on to receive a $25,000 college scholarship from the Oprah Winfrey Foundation. Brent Royer went on to become not only the Southeast Region’s Youth of the Year, but the National Youth of the Year in 1990. He had the opportunity to meet with President George Bush at the White House, and speak about his experiences throughout the United States. Lamar Narcisse is currently an LSU student majoring in Business Administration and working part-time at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Baton Rouge, while Markeiya is completing her senior year at Howard University in Washington D.C.

Our future has never been brighter. The organization is poised for growth, and currently exploring opportunities in Acadia parish. Any community can have a Boys & Girls Club – all it takes is volunteers dedicated not only to working hard to establish the Club, but to sustain it, ensuring that the safe-haven created will continue to open its doors daily to the children who need us most. 

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What We Do

Boys & Girls Clubs are a safe place to learn and grow – all while having fun. It is the place where great futures are started each and every day.

In every community, boys and girls are left to find their own recreation and companionship in the streets. An increasing number of children are at home with no adult care or supervision. Young people need to know that someone cares about them.

Boys & Girls Clubs offer that and more. Club programs and services promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence.

Sample of some of our programs that we offer:

 Power Hour

Provides Club professionals with the strategies, activities, resources and information to create an engaging homework help and tutoring program that encourages Club members at every age to become self-directed learners.

 Keystone Clubs

Youth from ages 14 to 18 participate, both in and out of the Club, in activities in three focus areas: academic success, career preparation and community service. With the guidance of an advisor, Keystone Clubs aim to have a positive impact on members, the Clubs and community.

 Healthy Habits

Designed to incorporate healthy living and active learning in every part of the Club

experience. Healthy Habits emphasize good nutrition, regular physical activity and improving overall well-being. 

 

Boys & Girls Clubs T-Shirt Screen Printing Business “GB Teez”

The Boys and Girls Clubs received a grant of $60,000 from Capital One to develop an entrepreneurship program, whereas teen Club members seek a business opportunity, develop a business plan, start a business, manage the business and receive the profits. The goal of this project is to create jobs for teen participants, and for the business to become self-supportive and turn profit. Boys & Girls Clubs main priority is to teach its members how to be the best they can be. By providing the many different skill building activities, we give them the opportunity to reach their full potential. Capital One Bank and The Boys & Girl Clubs are making a major investment into the lives of children throughout the Acadiana area. Please call or email for ordering information: 337-322-4077 or gbteez@bgcacadiana.com

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1405 W. Pinhook Rd, Suite 108
Lafayette, LA 70503
Office Hours: Administrative Office: M-F, 8:00am-12:00pm, 12:00pm-5:00pm Clubs: M-F, After School 3-7; Summer 7:30-5:30
Contact: Elise Brunson
Contact Title: Director of Marketing & Public Relations
Phone: 337-268-9555
Fax: 337-268-9553
Email: ebrunson@bgcacadiana.com
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