Boys and Girls Clubs of Portland Metropolitan Area: Shaping Brilliant Futures for 75 Years

A Boys & Girls Clubs member plays table tennis at one of the many Portland metro area BGCP Clubs. Courtesy of Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland.

June 15 – August 15, 2021

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Portland, Oregon 97205
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This year marks the 75th anniversary of Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metropolitan Area (BGCP). Founded in 1946, the BGCP provides thousands of young people throughout the Portland metro area with affordable, high-quality after-school and summer programs. The organization began with a few programs in the Lents neighborhoods designed to help youth develop skills, keep active, and stay off the streets. Today, BGCP has nine clubs that serve and empower Portland youth.

This anniversary exhibit highlights the diversity of programming and communities served as well as the outstanding support from notable people in Portland and beyond. Learn how BGCP has evolved and ensures that all youth, especially those who need it most, discover their full potential as caring, engaged, responsible community members.

Former Trail Blazers player, Terry Porter, poses with Boys & Girls Clubs members as they celebrate the completion of the SMART Kids program. Courtesy of Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland.
Former Trail Blazers player, Terry Porter, poses with Boys & Girls Clubs members as they celebrate the completion of the SMART Kids program. Courtesy of Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland.
A Boys & Girls Clubs member poses at the front door of a Club, promoting BGCP’s Summer Programming, which helps youth in Portland stay active during the summer months. Courtesy of Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland.
A Boys & Girls Clubs member poses at the front door of a Club, promoting BGCP’s Summer Programming, which helps youth in Portland stay active during the summer months. Courtesy of Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland.
Boys & Girls Clubs members play a game of pool in the games room at the Inukai Family Club located in Hillsboro, Oregon. Courtesy of Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland.
Boys & Girls Clubs members play a game of pool in the games room at the Inukai Family Club located in Hillsboro, Oregon. Courtesy of Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland.
Boys & Girls Clubs member, April, celebrates being recognized as “Youth of the Month.” She went on to become “Youth of the Year” in 2007 and is now a Site Director at BGCP’s Regence Club. Courtesy of Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland.
Boys & Girls Clubs member, April, celebrates being recognized as “Youth of the Month.” She went on to become “Youth of the Year” in 2007 and is now a Site Director at BGCP’s Regence Club. Courtesy of Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland.
A group of Boys & Girls Clubs members pose for a picture after completing their Leadership League program, a sports league that teaches sports skills, leadership skills, and healthy lifestyles. Courtesy of Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland.
A group of Boys & Girls Clubs members pose for a picture after completing their Leadership League program, a sports league that teaches sports skills, leadership skills, and healthy lifestyles. Courtesy of Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland.
A Boys & Girls Clubs member poses with a volunteer at BGCP’s Kids Nite Out event. Courtesy of Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland.
A Boys & Girls Clubs member poses with a volunteer at BGCP’s Kids Nite Out event. Courtesy of Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland.
The Dolphins are one of many youth teams that compete in BGCP’s football leagues annually. Each year, BGCP runs flag football, basketball, and soccer leagues to make sure members can stay active year round. Courtesy of Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland.
The Dolphins are one of many youth teams that compete in BGCP’s football leagues annually. Each year, BGCP runs flag football, basketball, and soccer leagues to make sure members can stay active year round. Courtesy of Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland.
A group of Boys & Girls Clubs members pose for a photo after participating in BGCP’s annual Steak & Burger Dinner Night. Courtesy of Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland.
A group of Boys & Girls Clubs members pose for a photo after participating in BGCP’s annual Steak & Burger Dinner Night. Courtesy of Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland.

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