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Boys & Girls Clubs of Tennessee Valley

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Tennessee Valley
  • 967 Irwin Street
  • Knoxville, TN 37917
  • 1943
  • Polly Johnson
  • Director of Education and Workforce Development Programs
  • 865-232-1195

Program Description

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley provides services in the following five core program areas: Character & Leadership Development, Education & Career Development, Health & Life Skills, the Arts, and Sports, Fitness & Recreation.

Character & Leadership Development

Programs empower youth to support and influence their Club and community, sustain meaningful relationships with others, develop a positive self-image, participate in the democratic process and respect their own and others cultural identities.

Education & Career Development

Programs enable youth to become proficient in basic educational disciplines, apply learning to everyday situations and embrace technology to achieve success in a career.

Health & Life Skills

Programs develop young people's capacity to engage in positive behaviors that nurture their own well-being, set personal goals and live successfully as self-sufficient adults. This program enables youth to receive a nutritious meal each day at the Boys & Girls Club, which provides them with the proper sustenance they need on a daily basis and ensures that no child goes to bed hungry. For many members, these are the only nutritional meals they will have all day, aside from what they receive at their schools.

Sports, Fitness & Recreation

Programs develop fitness, positive use of leisure time, skills for stress management, appreciation for the environment and social skills.

The Arts

Programs enable youth to develop their creativity and cultural awareness through knowledge and appreciation of the visual arts, crafts, performing arts and creative writing.

Who we serve

We serve a variety of members in our Clubs, which include locations in 1 school and 4 public housing communities, 3 teen centers, 9 free standing Clubs, the Richard L. Bean Detention Center, and the Gene Monday Gym. The Clubs are open every day after school and provide care all day during the summer months, school holidays, and in-service days.

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • Arts and cultural
  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College fairs/campus visits
  • College transition and retention support
  • Community service/service hours
  • Leadership development
  • Mentoring
  • SAT/ACT and other test preparation


Race & Ethnicity

  • American Indian or Native Alaskan: 2%
  • White: 59%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 1%
  • African American: 38%

Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk
  • Academically High-performing
  • ESL Students


  • Less than 25%