History

1965- Present

For 50 years the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bay County has been in the forefront of youth development, working with young people from disadvantaged economic, social, and family circumstances.  The Club has actively sought to enrich the lives of young people whom other youth agencies have failed to reach. 

=         Club formed in 1965

=         Some of the original 41 Board Members were:

            Julian Bennett                                                        Tom Haney

            Ray Holloway                                                         Dr. Clell Warriner

            J W Silcox Jr.                                                          Earl Hadaway

            Don L Brookins                                                       Isaac Byrd

            Dr. John Benton    

                                                  

                                          Executive Directors:

Errol Sewell      1966-1968.Later served as interim National of BGCA.

Joe Grammer   1968-1971. Left to work with Bay County School Board.

Walt Hall          1971-1986. Left to Take over the Citrus Center Boys Club

Danny Lyons    1987-1988. Now President of the Florida Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs.

Paul Mosca      1990 to Present

=   First location was the old Armory on Sixth Street

=   Move to new CC Moore Facility at 3404  west 19th Street in 1975 This building was made possible by gift of Vivian Moore

=   Eastside Boys Club opened 1981

=   Became Boys & Girls Clubs of Bay County 1991

=   With the help of Joe Chapman & the Panama City Housing Authority we constructed & opened the Joseph F. Chapman Boys & Girls Club in1996

=   In 1996 with a gift made by Charlie Hilton we constructed & opened the L Charles Hilton activity Center on the grounds of our CC Moore facility

=   In 1998 with the help of the City Commission & Police Chief JB Holloway The Club opened the Frank Brown Beach Unit at Frank Brown Park

=   From 2004-2006 the Club conducted a capital fund drive which raised over $1,500,000 make extensive renovations to our CC Moore & Chapman Facilities while constructing a pool, bathhouse, Picnic Area & Flag Football Field on the CC Moore property.

=   In 2008 the organizations matriarch Ms. Vivian Moore passed & the CC Moore facility was renamed in her honor

=   In 2014 extensive HVAC system upgrades & exterior Painting values at over $85,000 was completed at CC & Vivian Moore & Chapman

=   Over the years our organization has been labeled as one of Florida's best with four State Youths of the Year in the past 30 years & in 2000, one of our members, Joseph Hall was selected from more than 3.5 million young people as our national organizations Youth of the Year. We are also know around the Southeast for our ability to grow Boys & Girls Club Professionals many of our staff including three of our six full time staff grew up as members of our club. over a dozen former members become career professionals with other BGCA organization across the county.

=   Locally our membership encompasses a diversified group of young people.

                                                  57% live with one parent

                                                 55% are minorities

                                                 77% receive free or reduced lunches

Our membership fees are kept low so that we may assist the family by not only providing positive activities for their children but by offering a low cost alternative to day care.  Our program costs between $140-$650 per year and more than 60% of our membership attend on scholarship. Other afterschool programs offer similar activities for $3,000 or more per year.  A family can then use the money they save with us to provide food, clothing, and shelter for their family.

As stated earlier 57% of our membership is from single parent families.  We believe it is vital for these families to have access to affordable after school programs where their children can learn and be safe, so that their parents are able to work to provide for their family.

Our programs may not be able to alleviate all of these problems.  However, it has been proven in studies conducted by HUD, that “at risk” children have a much better chance to make it in areas that are served by an organization affiliated with Boys & Girls Clubs of America.  

We firmly believe that our program of social-recreation, physical activity, education, cultural enrichment, and citizenship and leadership provide our children with the life skills, educational support & self esteem they need to “Be Great”.

 

 


 

Conventional programs for youth are extremely important in our society today. A study rated all 50 states on children issues. Florida ranked 36th out of 51.