Changing Lives

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Corridor provides summer and after-school youth development programs for children, ages 5 to 18. In addition to providing a hot meal every day, special programming focuses on areas such as character, leadership, education, the arts, health, life skills, sports and fitness. The goal is to inspire and enable young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens. 

“We’re a safe haven for so many children,” Tursi said. “We provide basic needs like food and clothing, but most importantly we provide full-time staff who deeply care about our kids. The compilation of all of these things is what really changes kids’ lives and makes Boys & Girls Clubs a necessity for our community.

“Our staff are the agents of change in the most distressed neighborhoods to help kids understand the potential they have. We are the group that helps kids be the best they can be.”

Photo of Ryan Vondracek

Meet Ryan Vondracek, the Corridor's 2020 Youth of the Year!

Ryan is 18 years old and a senior at Xavier High School. He loves everything baseball and playing pool with the Club kids. In school, Ryan participates in baseball and speech. In elementary school, Ryan was regularly picked on because he was a short and sensitive kid. Through Club programs like Passport to Manhood and Triple Play, Ryan gained self-confidence and felt as though he was the tallest person in the world. 

After graduating high school, Ryan plans to attend Junior College to improve his grades, polish his baseball skills and chase his dream to one day become a professional baseball player.

of Club members like that the Club is a safe place for them to go.

The percentage of Club members reading at grade level increased from 48% to 55%.


of Club members say they could go to staff for help in a crisis.

According to BGCA NYOI data

More than


Free hot meals served during FY2019.

More than


youth participate in STEM activities.

More than


kids participated in Soccer for Success – an expanded partnership with the U.S. Soccer Foundation serving 20 Boys & Girls Clubs across the city.