Olivet Boys & Girls Club has been serving the youth of Reading and Berks County since 1898 when William McCormick started the first club in the former Olivet Presbyterian Church. The social issues that McCormick saw back then namely, the need to provide safe, supervised activities for youth, are still relevant today.
Number of Students Served:
United Way, Olivet Funds
Olivet Boys & Girls Club enables all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as healthy, productive, caring, responsible citizens.
Club programs address Berks County’s most pressing youth issues, each one focusing on teaching youth the skills they need to succeed in life. They fall under five main areas: Character and Leadership Development; the Arts; Education and Career Development; Sports, Fitness and Recreation; and Health and Life Skills. Character and Leadership Development - Programs in this area empower youth to support and influence their club and community, sustain meaningful relationships with others, develop a positive self image and good character, participate in the democratic process, and respect their own and others’ cultural identities. The Arts - Programs in the arts enable youth to develop their creativity and cultural awareness through knowledge and appreciation of the visual arts, crafts, performing arts, and creative writing. Education and Career Development - Programs in this area enable youth to become proficient in basic educational disciplines, set goals, explore careers, prepare for employment, and embrace technology to achieve success. Sports, Fitness and Recreation - Programs in this area develop fitness, positive use of leisure time, skills for stress management, appreciation for the environment, and social skills. Health and Life Skills - Programs in this area 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.
College Access Program
College and Postsecondary Planning:
High School (9-12):
Other (including military, workforce, vocational/trade school):
Hispanic/Latino (including Spain):
Black or African American:
White (Including Middle Eastern):