Sebring Boys & Girls Club

Mr. Gary Johnson, Interim Site Director

111 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard
Sebring, FL  33870
Phone: 863-385-9652
Hours of Operation:  
2:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Monday - Friday
(Excluding Holidays)

Avon Park Boys & Girls Club

Mrs. Florine Anderson-Wells 

Senior Branch Director
207 East State Street
Avon Park, FL 33825
Phone: 863-452-4414 
Hours of Operation:  
2:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Monday - Friday
(Excluding Holidays)

Lake Placid Boys & Girls Club

Ms. Denise Flash, Site Director
124 Williams Street
Lake Placid, FL 33852
Phone: 863-452-9700 
Hours of Operation: 
2:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Monday - Friday
(Excluding Holidays)

About the Club

The African Proverb, “It Takes a Village to Raise a Child,” has become the reality for countless families in neighborhoods throughout the country.  Many parents rely on neighbors or neighborhood programs for help in meeting the daily needs of their children.

Because the Boys & Girls Clubs of Highlands County has been in existence for 17 years, Club staff know the families and the geographic areas served.  The Club has established numerous partnerships throughout the community, resulting in the provision of services and goods to help meet the needs of our members.

Current Sites

The Ounce of Prevention Grant

Department of Juvenile Justice

Florida Department of Education

The 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant

United Way

Office of Justice Programs Grants

State and Federal Funding Sources

Our Beliefs

 A Boys and Girls Club provides

  • A safe place to learn and grow

  • Ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals

  • Life-enhancing programs and character development experiences

  • Hope and opportunity

Local Partnerships Established

Champion for Children

Children's Services Council

Faith Pentecostal House of God
Highlands County School Board

Highlands County Sheriff's Department

Positive Medical Transport

Rotary Clubs of Highlands County

United Way

ZORAD Consultative Services, LLC​

Project Learn is a homework assistance and tutoring program designed to provide bonafide assistance to students to enhance comprehension of the various concepts presented during the school day.  Students who do not have homework participate in the Power Hour Reading Program, a component of Project Learn  that requires students to read fiction and non-fiction books, news articles, selected passages, and/or poetry, with follow-up activities, guided by the tutors, to enhance comprehension and foster discussion.

Passport to Manhood promotes and teaches responsibility in Club boys ages 11-14. Passport to Manhood consists of 14 sessions, each of which concentrates on a specific aspect of manhood through highly interactive activities. Each Club participant receives his own “passport” to underscore the notion that he is on a personal journey of maturation and growth.  Passport to Manhood represents a targeted effort to engage young boys in discussions activities that reinforce positive behavior. Passport to Manhood is an excellent complement to SMART Girls.

SMART Girls is a small-group health, fitness, prevention/education and self-esteem enhancement program designed to meet the developmental needs of girls ages 8-12 and 13-17. Through dynamic sessions, highly participatory activities, field trips and mentoring opportunities with adult women, Club girls explore their own and societal attitudes and values as they build skills for eating right, staying physically fit, getting good health care and developing positive relationships with peers and adults.

The SMART (Skills Mastery and Resistance Training) Moves Program is a nationally acclaimed prevention program originally developed in the 1980s with help from prevention specialists and Clubs around the country. Newly revised in 2011, the program incorporates the latest information and approaches that BGCA has learned about effective prevention. Participants will be exposed to various activities designed to hone their decision-making and critical-thinking skills, as well as learn how to avoid and/or resist alcohol, tobacco, 
other drugs and premature sexual activity.

 Program Offerings

Our Mission

It is the mission of the
Boys and Girls Club
to enable all young people,
especially those who need us most,
to reach their full potential as
productive, caring, and

responsible citizens.