VP Joe Biden Visit to the Mathews-Dickey Boys' & Girls' Club, 2009
The Mathews-Dickey Boys' & Girls' Club, a non-profit organization, was founded in 1960 by Martin L. Mathews and the late Hubert "Dickey" Ballentine. Initially, the Club was designed to provide structured recreational activities to neighborhood youths. Today, the Club's goals are more focused and comprehensive and are aimed at:
"Producing physically active, well-educated and hopeful youth with families at the center of our efforts."
Placing the American dream in the grasp of children and their families by stimulating the pursuit of knowledge, attainment of a healthier life and the skills for greatness.
- We will produce physically active, well-educated and hopeful children with family at the center of our efforts.
- We will help youth maintain and improve their grades, while providing training and funds to make college both an expectation and a reality.
- We will level the economic playing field by offering professional development resources to create better-prepared members of the workforce.
- We will use the arts, sports and health programming to encourage critical thinking, teamwork and healthier lifestyles.
- We will produce scholars, athletes and most importantly scholar-athletes.
- We will leverage the power of partnerships and dedication of volunteers.
Today, the Club serves thousands of young men and women, ages 5-18, throughout the St. Louis-metropolitan area. The Club also serves as a meeting center for various community, social and business organizations and as an outreach resource center for troubled youth.
The Club is a non-profit, 501 (c)3 United Way member agency.
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Mathews-Dickey Boys' & Girls' Club is a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) United Way member agency that annually provides educational, athletic and cultural enrichment programs to more than 40,000 young people from throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area. Since 1960 the Club has taught youth respect, restraint and responsibility so that they may obtain credibility, integrity and accountability. For more information, call Bill Fronczak at (314) 382-5952, ext. 228.