At this place I discovered that I was different than I thought I was.                                    -Taleah



Our Mission

To inspire and enable all young people, particularly those who need us most, to reach their potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens. 

Serving 150 youth 

every day through our after-school program

and over 300 youth during our summer camp and athletic programming

Since 1939 BGCDOC has been a steadfast champion for youth by offering quality programming focused on life skills and academic achievements.  Charging no more than $10 per year, we give children the opportunity to learn and grow in a safe environment.


Ages 12

& Under



Minority Races or Ethnicities


Qualify for Free or Reduced Price School Lunch


Live in Single Parent Households


The Boys & Girls Clubs of Durham and Orange Counties (BGCDOC) is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to educating and protecting children while preserving the beauty and innocence of childhood. We aim to make a fundamental difference in the lives of all youth, but especially those who need guidance the most by providing a safe alternative for youth between the ages of 6 and 18.

This important service that BGCDOC provides is not achieved alone. Only through a collaborative effort with local businesses, area charities, philanthropic groups and generous residents has BGCDOC formed a network of Champions for the most worthy cause of all; securing the futures of our children.

Core Values 2018

Inclusion & OpportunityWe strive to offer children and youth from all economic, cultural, and social backgrounds access to resources and opportunities that will enable them to overcome barriers and achieve their full potential in life.

Respect & Belonging - We provide a safe, supportive place, where every child is listened to, treated with respect, and valued in an environment of inclusion and acceptance. Our staff and volunteers model honesty, fair play, positive attitudes, cooperation, and respect for self and others.

Empowerment - We believe all young people can grow into responsible, contributing, and self-reliant members of society. Through adventure, play, and discovery, we encourage and empower Club members to develop healthy lifestyles, a life-long passion for learning, leadership and life skills, and a sense of social responsibility.

Collaboration - We work together with organizations and volunteers in each community, in partnership with businesses and local government entities, to create healthy community solutions for providing children and youth with what they need for optimal development.

Advocacy- We speak out on behalf of children, youth, and their families to reduce disadvantage, enhance their lives, and enable their voices and ideas to be heard.

Our Vision


On March 16, Mrs. Mamie Dowd Walker, Judge Juvenile Court of Durham, requested Durham Committee on Negro Affairs solve the dilemma of juvenile delinquency.

On April 6, the name of the Club, John Avery Boys Club was selected by a unanimous vote.



On January 2, John Avery Boys Club Inc. became a participating agency of the Durham Community Fund, Inc. (United Way)



Operation of 15th year commenced and plans and blueprints were completed for the construction of a new building.

On May 13, a temporary organization of Boys Club was formed.

On June 22, Articles of Incorporation were approved by the North Carolina Secretary.


On December 13, John Avery Boys Club, Inc. became a member of The Boys Club of America.

Our History


Our Impact

10% of youth in Durham & Orange counties fail to graduate from high school on time

What We Do:

Power Hour homework assistance; Project Learn hands on learning activities; Knowledge Builders one on one tutoring

Our Impact:

Among our teen-aged Club members, 99% expect to graduate from high school, and 80% expect to complete some kind of post-secondary education.

31% of young people ages 10-17 in Durham & Orange Counties are overweight or obese

What We Do:​

Yoga; Kid's Self Defence; Triple Play (physical education); Healthy Habits

Our Impact:

87% of Club members ages 9 and older report getting at least an hour of physical activity on five or more days per week.

21% of high school youth in North Carolina were involved in a physical fight in the past year

What We Do:

Smart Moves (comprehensive prevention program); Career Launch; Youth of the Year; Keystone

Our Impact:

90% of Club teen members volunteer in their community at least once per year, while 50% volunteer in their community at least once per month.

Read the Boys & Girls Clubs of Durham and Orange Counties 2017 Impact Report: