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About our club
In January 2018, we celebrated 30 years of serving the youth in our community at our location on S. Wingate Street.
In January 1998, we transitioned from operating at the Wake Forest Elementary School to our own 15,000 sq foot facility at 325 S. Wingate Street.
In August, 1990 girls were added to the program and our name was officially changed from the Wake Forest Boys Club, to the Wake Forest Boys & Girls Club.
Before we were the Wake Forest Boys & Girls Club, we opened in June, 1986 as the Wake Forest Boys Club. The Club originally opened in the gym at the Wake Forest Elementary School and the school system only charged the Club $1 a year to use the space. In its inaugural year, the Club had over 100 boys become Club members.
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The Boys & Girls Club code is a part of every Club across the country. At the Wake Forest Boys & Girls Club, we recite the code every day during announcements and in the morning over the summer. The club code can be found on the back of every member's club card.
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Our art room is where our club members get to be creative! Through instruction, members of all ages have the opportunity to create different pieces through coloring, painting, sculpting and more.
Our multipurpose room is used for a wide variety of activities! Typically, staff members conduct programs and play games. At times, we host movie nights, play with the Wii, or participate in and host other events.
The kitchen is connected to the snack room and is typically open for our nutrition program. Here, club members can learn about creating healthy meal options and preparing food.
Our snack room is open to our club members every day at posted times. Members are welcome to bring their own snacks or purchase them from our snack bar.
Our computer lab is where our members can go to complete their online homework and play games. All websites and games are monitored by our staff members and must fall in line with our cyber safety policies.
The teen room is for our club members that are in high school. It's a place where they can go to do their homework, hang out with their friends and participate in our high school leadership program, Keystone Club.
Our gamesroom is the first room that people see when they walk into the Club. The gamesroom is a place where all of our club members can come together. Inside, we have games like billiards, bumper pool, ping pong and foosball. We also hold daily announcements in here to help keep our members up to date.
The gym is where our kids get active! Some of the programs that run in the gym are RAP Friday, Basketball and Street Hockey. In an effort to keep our club members active and entertained, our staff also run structured games and activities daily.
Our library is home to our Power Hour homework program. The library is fully stocked with books for all ages and the school supplies members need to complete their homework. Staff members and volunteers are available and ready to help!
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About 90% of our club members recieve the daily recommended 30 minutes of physical activity while they are at the Club.
About 65% of our daily attendance comes from elementary schoolers.
Around 55% of our club members do their homework while they are at the Club.
100% of members who attend the Club through high school graduate.
45% of our club members are involved in a sports/athletic program at the Club.
69% of our club members rate the Club as "Optimal" in the area of physical safety.
Health and life skills programs that we run include SMART Moves, SMART Girls, Cyber Safety, Street SMART, Triple Play and more.
Our club participates in the National Fine Arts Exhibit and the National Photography Program.
Our club runs two leadership clubs, Keystone Club for high school students and Torch Club for middle school students. Youth of the Year is our yearly scholarship competition where members in grades 7th through 12th have the opportunity to compete.
Education and career development programs that we run include Power Hour, Money Matters, Summer Brain Gain, Junior Staff and more.
Sports, fitness and recreation programs that we run include Triple Play, Capital City Crew, Basketball, RAP Friday, Soccer for Success and more.
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Education & Career Development
Sports, Fitness & Recreation
Character & Leadership Development
health & life skills
core program areas
Our basketball program runs from January to May. The 22-game season teaches our club members to basics of basketball; passing, dribbling, shooting, team dynamics and more. Members participate in three-on-three tournaments and compete in a tournament at the end of the season.
RAP Friday stands for "Running Club and Pump it Up" - two programs that focus on physical fitness. Every Friday, staff members take club members to Joyner Park or local tracks to stretch, run and play games. RAP Friday members actively participate in 5K races and National Fitness competitions in North Carolina.
Soccer for Success is a youth athletic program developed and supported by the U.S. Soccer Foundation. The program teaches our club members the basics of soccer and helps them improve their skills and confidence on and off of the field. Soccer for Success runs in the fall and spring seasons for 12 weeks at a time each.
Soccer for success
Capital City Crew is our elite ice hockey program which is funded through the Wake County Boys & Girls Clubs and with the help of the Raleigh Youth Hockey Association and the Carolina Hurricanes. Capital City Crew teaches life lessons and positive character traits such as leadership, gamesmanship, respect, cooperation, honesty, and integrity through the sport of ice hockey. This program aims to help club members reach their full potential on the ice and in the community.
capital city crew
Triple Play is a healthy lifestyles program that focuses on promoting healthy minds, bodies, and souls. The "Mind" component of Triple Play teaches club members the skills to adopt healthier habits by participating in fun and engaging learning activities both at the Club and at home. The "Body" component of Triple Play promotes becoming more physically active through fun daily fitness routines. The "Soul" component of the Triple Play program encompasses the social recreation activities that are critical to positive youth development. This includes strengthening interpersonal skills, positive behavior, and good character through social recreation programs.
Nutrition 101 is a program that helps teach our club members about living healthy lifestyles. Club members learn about healthy food options, how to prepare healthy snacks and meals, and the importance of knowing what's in their food and where it comes from.
Keystone Club is our high school leadership program. It affords teens an opportunity to gain valuable leadership and service experience. They conduct activities in three areas: academic success, career exploration, and community service. Our Keystoners serve as roles models for our club members to look up to.
Youth of the Year is the Boys & Girls Clubs' premier recognition program, celebrating the extraordinary achievements of Club members from 10th-12th grade. Each year, one exceptional young person from the Wake Forest Boys & Girls Club is selected as the Youth of the Year ambassador for our Club. The Youth of the Year winner received a plaque and a scholarship from their Club. Our Youth of the Year serves as both an exemplary ambassador for our Club and a strong role model for our club members. Youth of the Year also has a FUTURES Division for younger members in grades 6th-9th.
Youth of the year
Torch Club is a small-group leadership and service clubs for boys and girls ages 11-13. Torch Club helps teach younger adolescents character development and leadership skills. With Torch Club, members learn to elect officers and work together to implement activities in four areas: service to Club and community, education, health and fitness and social recreation.
SMART Moves (Skills Mastery and Resistance Training) is a prevention program. Club members are exposed to various activities designed to hone their decision-making and critical-thinking skills, as well as learn how to avoid and resist alcohol, tobacco, other drugs and premature sexual activity. Under the SMART Moves programming, we also run SMART Girls, a small-group health, fitness, education, and self-esteem enhancement program for girls and Street SMART, a gang and violence prevention curriculum.
Learning doesn't stop over the summer! Summer learning loss has a devastating effect on kids today, especially for those who don't participate in enriching summer activities. Summer Brain Gain is a fun, interactive learning program designed to engage our club members over the summer. These activities ensure that our club members' brains stay curious over the summer break.
Summer Brain Gain
Power Hour is an academic success program that takes place in our library. Power Hour aims to help all Club members achieve academic success by providing homework help, tutoring, and high-yield learning activities. Our staff, tutors, and volunteers encourage members to become self-directed learners. As a reward for the members who complete their homework and spend time working towards academic success, we throw Power Hour parties once a month for members who earn the requested amount of points for that month.
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summer brain gain
soccer for success
capital city crew
youth of the year
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To learn more about how your child can become a member of the Wake Forest Boys & Girls Club, please call the Club at 919-556-7266 to speak with a staff member.
All children must be six years old to attend the Wake Forest Boys & Girls Club.
It costs $7.50 a year to be a member at the Wake Forest Boys & Girls Club. No extra fees are required during the school year. During the summer, it costs $5/day per child to attend the Club. If the member is dropped off after 1pm, then the daily fees are waived.
Club members do not have to come to the Wake Forest Boys & Girls Club every day. While we love it when members attend regularly, stay involved and take advantage of our programs, we operate on an open door policy, which means as long as you are a member you may attend the Club anytime it is open. For example, some club members only attend during the school year, while others only attend during the summer.
Our club members have a wide variety of activities and program to get involved in. Our programs vary from the school year to summer, but our core program areas are 1. Sports, Fitness & Recreation 2. The Arts 3. Health & Life Skills 4. Character, Leadership & Development 5. Education & Career To get to know some of our programs, head over to the "Our Programs" page.
We are open after school Monday through Friday from 2:30pm to 8:00pm. On teacher workdays and certain holidays, we are open from 8:00am to 6:00pm. If your child is attending the Club on an "8:00am to 6:00pm" day, please make sure to pack them with a healthy lunch. During the summer we are open from 7:30am to 6:00pm and close all day on July 4th inobservance of Indepedence Day.
We operate on the Traditional School Year Calendar. We do not offer track out camps for year round calendar schools.
The Wake Forest Boys & Girls Club serves the following schools: Wake Forest Elementary School Wake Forest Middle School Wake Forest High School Heritage Elementary School Heritage Middle School Jones Dairy Elementary School Richland Creek Elementary School Forest Pines Elementary School North Forest Pines Elementary School To learn more about bussing and transportation, please contact us directly.
During the summer, we are open from 7:30am to 6:00pm. We run different programs in the summer than we do during the school year, but our programs cover our five core program areas. We also host weekly field trips to different locations, like Jellybeans, the IceHouse, Galaxy Fun Park and more. Throughout the summer, we have different opportunities for fun with themed week and even a week long competition called SunBowl. We also visit CAMP BTI, a week long summer camp located in Nash County. At Camp BTI, campers have the opportunity to swim, fish, canoe, and play games.
Membership renewals for the following year are open and take place every year during November. Signs will be posted to make sure parents are aware that membership renewals are due. If renewals are not submitted, members will lose their spot at the Club.
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Mike was one of the original members of the Wake Forest Boys Club and started attending the Club in 1986 after his parents moved to Wake Forest. He attended the Club all the way up until 1997 before he started college at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Mike was involved in most of the Club's sports programs, including the Team Handball travel team. He ran the computer room as Junior Staff member and worked at Camp BTI after his sophomore, junior and senior years of high school. He also participated in and won the Youth of the Year competition. "The Club was where I first began working with computers, which is my career today. It was also the first place where I was told that I could and should be a leader. The staff were always pushing me to be involved as a volunteer at the Club, captain of teams I was on, and to participate in the Youth of the Year program." Today, Mike serves as a volunteer mentor in the Youth of the Year program, is the head of the Wake Forest Boys & Girls Club's unit board, and is the Wake Forest representative on the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Wake County."
Emily started attending the Wake Forest Boys & Girls Club when she was eight years old and was a club member until she graduated high school. During her 10 years as a club member, Emily was involved in Video Club, Torch Club, Keystone Club, Quickball and the Junior Staff Program. Because of the Club, she was able to attend all sorts of events in the Wake County area and at other local Boys & Girls Clubs. "The Wake Forest Boys & Girls Club has helped mold me into the person that I am today, They taught me so many necessary life skills like leadership and public speaking. They have also provided me with a second home and family. Throughout college, my Club Family was constantly there rooting me on and encouraging me to think big and try new things!" Emily's journey with the Club didn't end after she graduated high school. She attended Western Carolina University where she earned her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and Psychology with honors. Emily loved the Wake Forest Boys & Girls Club so much growing up, she came back to work as the Education Director.
Chad attended the Wake Forest Boys & Girls Club back when it was still the Wake Forest Boys Club. Chad attended the Club for seven years and grew to love it! Even though he only attended during summer and holiday breaks, he was active in any sports league he could get his hands on. While he was a member, Chad had the opportunity to go on field trips to Silver Lake and even got to attend the Nike Tour Gold Tournament. "The Club definitely was a positive influence in my life. I still have folks I’m connected with from those days. Because of the Club, I know how to play so many different sports and games, and still remember them to this day!" After his time at the Club, Chad went on to attend college at Winston-Salem State University, where he studied English and Political Science and then later studied law at North Carolina Central University where he earned his Juris Doctorate degree.
Brittaney began attending the Wake Forest Boys & Girls Club when she was six years old and attended up until she graduated from high school. During her 12 years as a club member, Brittaney was involved in numerous sports programs, SMART Girls, Torch Club, Keystone Club, and Youth of the Year. "I was a very shy child but became very comfortable at the Club because I knew it was a safe haven for me. At the Club, I could just be a kid enjoying activities and making friends without the stress of things going on in my life outside the Club. The Club is truly a place where kids can just be kids. I participated in all kinds of programs from sports to leadership groups." Brittaney graduated from North Carolina State University in 2014 with a degree in Marketing. Today, she stays involved with the Boys & Girls Clubs through their Young Advocates Program and she's always glad to speak on behalf of the Club.
Sophie began attending the Wake Forest Boys & Girls Club in 2nd grade and was a member until she graduated from high school in 2016. In elementary and middle school the Club was a place to go after school and during the summers while her parents were at work. During her 11 years as a member, Sophie was involved in Torch Club, Keystone Club, Youth of the Year and Sewing Club. She attended the National Keystone Conference in Florida, the YouthVoice Summit in Asheville, North Carolina, and had the opportunity to attend Camp Challenge, a week-long summer camp experience in Greensboro, North Carolina. "I’ve gotten so many opportunities and so much guidance that my peers may never get. I’ve learned how to be a leader. I’ve gotten to serve the community. I was able to get help with homework and tutoring when needed. I know I have an amazing support system at the club."
Caitlin started attending the Wake Forest Boys & Girls Club back in 1999 when she was in the second grade and was a member until she graduated high school. Caitlin was involved in just about everything that Club had to offer; Power Hour. Street and Roller Hockey, Soccer, Basketball, Team Handball, SMART Moves, SMART Girls, Torch Club, Keystone Club, Youth of the Year, and Junior Staff. Caitlin also had the opportunity to meet President Bill Clinton, Former Secretary of State, Colin Powell, and several Carolina Hurricanes players. "Looking back on my time at the WFBGC, I can definitively say that I would be an entirely different person today had I not spent the better part of my most fundamental years there. From a leadership standpoint, the Club didn’t allow me to settle. I was always pushed and encouraged to be better, to use all of my skills and abilities for the benefit of others, to not be content with giving less than I could give." After she graduated high school, Caitlin went on to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2013 with a double major in Psychology and Exercise & Sports Science.
Tiffany began attending the Wake Forest Boys & Girls Club when she was in the third grade and was a club member up until she graduated from high school in 2006. She was involved in Camp SMART Kids, Team Handball, Street Hockey, Softball, Youth of the Year, Keystone Club and even established a community science festival at the Club. "The Wake Forest Boys & Girls Club has positively impacted my life by helping me build confidence in public speaking. This was hugely impactful for my success in school presentations and now in my career today." After her time at the Club, Tiffany went on to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she earned her bachelor's degree in Psychology.
Shannon started attending the Wake Forest Boys & Girls Club in 1990 when she was in third grade and attended the club until her family moved away from the Wake Forest area when she was in the eighth grade. Even though she could no longer attend the Club, Shannon stopped in from time to time and even worked as a lifeguard at Camp BTI when she was 16. "I attended the Club because it was affordable for my mom and it was there for me to be involved in something while she was at work. I had the opportunity to learn how to play handball and flag football. I was also really involved in the Art Program." To Shannon, the Club was home and it helped her build lifelong friendships and grow as a person. Today, she's still involved with Boys & Girls Clubs and serves as the Director of the Raleigh Girls Club.
Kyndall started attending the Wake Forest Boys & Girls Club after her parents divorced when she was 11 years old and she attended the Club until she graduated from high school. Kyndall was involved in the Junior Staff Program, SMART Girls, Keystone Club, Youth of the Year, Capital City Crew and was a staff member during her sophomore, junior and senior years of high school. When she wasn't busy being involved, she had the opportunity to attend two National Keystone Conferences in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Orlando Florida. After winning Wake County Youth of the Year in 2012, Kyndall had the opportunity to speak at multiple events across the Wake County area and at Boys & Girls Club events. "With every activity, event, and opportunity, I learned how to be confident, how to communicate effectively, how to work hard, how to be a leader, and how to be the person I needed when I was younger. I’d like to think that eventually, I would have learned these skills, but I honestly have no idea what kind of person I would be today without the Boys & Girls Clubs. Kyndall earned her bachelor's in Communication Studies from the University of North Carolina Wilmington and her master's degree in Interactive Media from Elon University,
Eliza started attending the Wake Forest Boys & Girls Club when she was eight years old and attended until she graduated from high school. At the Club, Eliza was involved in Power Hour, Video Club, Torch Club, Keystone Club, Youth of the Year, SMART Girls and even Street Hockey. As a club member, Eliza had the opportunity to attend local sporting events, the concert of one of her favorite bands, and even had the opportunity to travel to Orlando, Florida her sophomore year of high school to attend a National Keystone Conference. "The Wake Forest Boys & Girls Club has impacted my life in so many ways. It provided me with a community of positive role models and mentors as well as numerous friends that I grew up with. The Club was a home away from home where I was not only always entertained but encouraged to positively impact the world around me and grow personally. Within the Club, I was able to develop my leadership skills and take on greater roles of responsibility as I got older. Though I initially attended the Club out of obligation, it quickly became a place where I desired to spend the majority of my time. "
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325 S. Wingate St. Wake Forest, NC 27587
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