Great Futures Start Here.

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

About us

Boys & Girls Clubs of America

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.

The Early Years

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.

Commitment to Teen Services

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.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Arkansas

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.

Our Team


Spencer Chastain
Chief Executive Officer
Casey Tyrone
Office Manager
Justin Powell
Director of Operations and Athletics
Taylor Woodson
Director of Program Development
Tiffany Hewing
Teen Center Director
Carmen Dunbar
McGehee Club Director
Terri Williams
Dermott Club Director
George Cotterman
Safety and Compliance Director

Board of Directors

Doran Newhouse
Jacob Box
First Natural State Bank
Amanda Pambianchi
Pambianchi Farms
Malcolm Massey
Lynn Bliss
Bliss Farm
Mitch Grant
Desha County Sheriff
Bob Ware
UAM College of Technology McGehee
Donna Turner
Turner Snax
Cynthia Smith
McGehee Family Clinic
Charles Hargraves
Clearwater Paper
Twilla Hardin
Member Emeritus