The mission of the Variety Boys & Girls Club (VBGC) is to provide innovative and stimulating academic, leadership and athletic programming in a safe and nurturing environment to the underserved children and families of Boyle Heights. Our vision is that all children will have an opportunity to excel in school and career, and contribute fully to society.
OUR KIDS & THE COMMUNITY
The community of Boyle Heights is a 6.2 square mile area and is one of the most densely populated areas in Los Angeles. The average household size is 4.0 people and 33.4 percent speak English not well or not at all. More than 90 percent are Latinos, 83 percent live in family households and close to 72 percent live in rental property.
Located in the heart of this historic Los Angeles neighborhood, the VBGC has a rich history. For almost 70 years, our Club has provided a refuge for children who struggle daily with real life circumstances of poverty, under-resourced neighborhoods, low educational attainment, gang violence, substance abuse and poor health outcomes.
The Variety Boys & Girls Club (VBGC) is a safe environment for kids (ages 5 to 17 yrs.) and propels them to learn social skills, identify potential opportunities, as well as achieve personal, academic, athletic and other worthy goals.