We exist to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.
Boys & Girls Clubs have been serving children across the United States since 1860, when a group of women in Hartford, Connecticut recognized the need for a safe, supportive environment for youth that were out on the street. As a Boys & Girls Clubs of America member organization, Boys & Girls Club of McGehee is part of a more than 160 year history that serves more than 4 million youth annually.
As the brainchild of Helen and Robert Adcock, Boys & Girls Club of McGehee was established in 1999 to meet a glaring need in Desha County. Initially, the Club opened its doors in the former Sears Building on North Second Street, but quickly outgrew that facility. In 2000, a brand new, state of the art facility was built on Washington Avenue to house the operations and better meet the needs of the children that were attending each day. That building is still the our flagship Club site today, serving more than 300 registered members each year.
Because of the support of the McGehee community, we were able to open a new Teen Center in November 2021. In partnership with UAM College of Technology McGehee, this new location focuses on providing healthy lifestyles, academic success, good character and citizenship, and college and career readiness programming for youth in sixth through twelfth grades.
Understanding that there are kids and families across the delta that are looking for a home away from home, we embraced our mission even more fully in 2022, opening our first ever Club outside of McGehee. Our Dermott Club opened in September 2022, and currently serves more than 200 registered members from Dermott School District. With that, we knew we needed a name change to better reflect our service across the region. Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Arkansas was born out of this mission to help every young person in Desha, Chicot, Drew, Arkansas, and Lincoln counties grow, thrive, and reach their full potential.
We are committed to growing our service footprint even farther over the next few years, partnering with schools, families, churches, and local businesses to develop the next generation and better our communities.