Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs
Our Impact Why We Exist
Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs provides programs to support the healthy physical, educational and social development of children, youth and families. Our 33 centres throughout the Okanagan Valley provide a safe, supportive environment where more than 6,000 children and youth experience new opportunities, overcome barriers, build positive relationships and develop confidence and skills for life. Our Continuum of Services addresses the needs of children, youth and families and we focus on building an individual’s strengths and capabilities. We help young people grow healthy, happy and safely from birth to adulthood—and are a resource and support for parents throughout their family’s involvement with us.
Our Story What We Do
Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs is a registered charitable organization. We provide a wide range of services from Osoyoos, in the south, to Armstrong, in the north - an area with a population of approximately 300,000 people. With this organization comes a wealth of experience in delivering a wide variety of programs and services to children, youth and families. Our services go back over 55 years, with the inception in 1959 of the Kelowna Boys Club. Our programs and services have grown with our communities to address the developmental, personal, social, and recreational needs of children, youth and their families. These services have developed as a response to the needs of children, youth and families in neighbourhoods and communities. Our commitment to youth is evident in the variety and quality of the services that are managed by our Agency.
Over the past 55 years, we have learned a great deal about serving the communities throughout the Okanagan Valley. We have a history of working locally to establish a continuum of services that address the needs of children, youth and families within each unique community. The organizational structure of the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs is comprehensive, effective and efficient. Our platform is responsive to community needs and respectful of local autonomy.
We have a history of working locally to establish a Continuum of Services that address the needs of children, youth and families within each unique community. Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs believe that neighbourhood and community based approaches that reach out to children, youth and families hold the greatest promise of fulfilling our agency’s mission, and meeting community need. The success of our organization is based on a respect for the unique needs of each community, supported by centralized administration.
Our Programs How We Do It
Our programs focus on the following service populations: Early Years (infant to 5 years), Middle Childhood (6 to 12 years), Youth (13 to 18 years), and Family (parents and caregivers). Programs are designed to provide sport, recreation and leisure, creative arts and personal growth and life skill experiences in multi-faceted Club settings. All children, youth and their families can find a home somewhere in our programs and remain a part of the Club until they choose to leave.
All of our programs incorporate the following elements
- Body: Nutrition and Healthy Living
- Mind: Literacy and Lifelong Learning
- Spirit: Character Development, Personal Safety and Violence Prevention
What You Can Do
For over 55 years, Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs staff, volunteers and donors have helped us carry on a tradition of enabling thousands of young people to play, learn and develop valuable skills for life. Help us carry on that tradition by getting involved.
Work for Us- We have a wide range of career opportunities. Take a look at what is available in your field of interest and location in theOkanagan.
Volunteer for Us- Come and spend some time having fun and helping young people learn and grow. We welcome people with a variety of skills and expertise.
Donate- Make a contribution to Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs by contributing in one of our unique special events or making a monetary or in-kind donation to our programs and services. You can make a difference in the life of a child and it starts right here.