The Boys & Girls Club is more than a place, it is a "movement" to inspire and enable all young people, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, to realize their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens. By reaching children at an early age and providing positive activities and encouragement, the Clubs provide a compelling alternative to youth crime, gang membership, drugs, and other negative influences that effect our youth today. Their programs promote the development of young people by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, influence and belonging. When this strategy is fully implemented, self-esteem is enhanced and an environment is created which helps the kids achieve their full potential. Additionally, the kids learn to enjoy their interests, nurture their talents, dissolve their prejudices, express their personality, develop friendships, build self esteem, contribute to society and achieve personal success.