Our MISSION is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens. The Boys & Girls Club serves youth ages 6 to 18. Currently, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Gaston, Inc. is serving over 1,500 youth in Gaston County through membership and outreach!

We provide safe place to learn and grow...ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals...life-enhancing programs and character development experiences...hope and opportunity.  Watch the video to see how we're creating GREAT FUTURES for our members!  
We are seeking qualified Program Assistants at our Bradley Teen Center and West Gastonia Club. Click on the red sign for more info!

We now pick up at Gardner Park Elementary, Woodhill Elementary & WC Friday Middle!  To view a full list of schools we serve, click HERE.
Afterschool Program Cost
$40 registration fee
$20 per month

Afterschool Hours
Bessemer City: 2:30pm - 6pm
Bradley Teen Center: 2:30pm - 7pm
West Gastonia: 2:30pm - 7pm
*All Clubs close at 6pm on Fridays.

Mandatory Parent Meetings
Bessemer City: Saturday, August 8th @ 10-11:30am
Bradley Teen Center: Rolling, meetings will be held one-on-one when you register
West Gastonia: Saturday, August 8th @ 10-11:30am & Friday, August 14th @ 5:30pm

HERE to learn more!


On August 12th, over 40 members at the West Gastonia Club members performed a cadence ceremony and received certificates for their participation in the COPS (Children & Officers Problem Solving) Program with the Gastonia Police Department.  Chief of Police, Rob Helton, was in attendance along with Gastonia Police officers and Foundation members.  The children performed a cadence they learned for guests before receiving their certificates.

Chief Helton shared this advice, along with his personal story of playing baseball at the Club as a kid: "The decisions you make right now can help shape the opportunities you have later...Don't let somebody who's doing the wrong thing pull you in the wrong direction. You're on the right track and taking the first steps in the right direction." 

The COPS Program, or Children & Officers Problem Solving, began as a collaboration between the Boys & Girls Club and the Gastonia Police Department. Club CEO, Chad Melvin, and Sgt. Kevin McSwain understood the value of building relationships between law enforcement officers and youth in the community, particularly in West Gastonia. They wanted to target 5th grade students through a pilot program over the summer that would eventually become a continuous, year-round program.

"Our goal is to teach the kids to lead by example and be role models to their peers in school," says Sgt. McSwain.

Throughout the summer, officers met with the kids on Wednesdays for 5 weeks to conduct an assortment of activities focusing on respect, leadership, and team building. The kids worked together in individual "squads" to learn cadence and drilling etiquette. They got to hear from a different uniformed officer each week about their roles and responsibilities with the police department. COPS program also follows a curriculum, where kids learn about gang prevention and making smart choices, bullying prevention, and social media/online safety. To keep it interesting, the kids enjoyed recreational activities with the officers, such as a Lego challenge and chopsticks relay!

We are proud of all those Club members who graduated from the program and are grateful to the Gastonia Pollice Department and the Foundation for bringing such a fun, educational experience to our kids!

Dancing for Future Stars
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United Way funded agency!