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Boys & Girls Clubs Initiate Brand Campaign
Press Release
Submitted by Alan Donaldson
September 5, 2017

Boys & Girls Clubs of Nassau County (BGCNC) is participating in a Brand Campaign designed by its parent organization, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, to increase public awareness and understanding of the positive outcomes that change kids’ lives by membership in the Clubs. The local Clubs are part of two areas chosen to kick off this “Great Futures” program.

“Great Futures” is the name of a national effort to tell people about how Boys & Girls Clubs provide a safe, fun and learning experience for youngsters aged 6 to 18, after school and during the summer. 

The key to that experience is a staff of caring professionals who guide every aspect of the Club programs. Nassau County is blessed by two state-of-the-art facilities in which these programs are presented, built and funded primarily by the generosity of Nassau County citizens and businesses.

“Boys & Girls Clubs have served our community for more than 16 years with a safe place and caring mentors,” said BGCNC president Clara Miller, “This new Campaign will show local folks the magic that happens in a Club and how the 522 current Club members’ lives are impacted by participating in the programs led by dedicated professionals 

To learn more about Boys & Girls Clubs of Nassau County and what the Clubs offer, go to To enroll your child, call the Roberts Learning & Achievement Center on Lime Street in Fernandina Beach at (904) 491-9102 or the Miller Freedom Club on Old Nassauville Road at (904) 261-1075. 

Boys & Girls Clubs of Nassau County Foundation Excels Again
Press Release
Submitted by Alan Donaldson
August 17, 2017

Boys & Girls Clubs of Nassau County Foundation is proud to announce that it has received the coveted top, four-star rating award from Charity Navigator for the fourth consecutive year. Charity Navigator is the renowned organization that issues annual ratings covering more than 8,400 non-profits in America. The ratings are based on financial accountability and transparency, and serve to establish that a charity is using its income primarily to support its mission. Only 12% of those thousands of charities nation-wide receive the four-star award. Further, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Nassau County Foundation is among an even smaller number of non-profits to score a perfect 100 points in its rating. 

All contributions to the Foundation are applied to the operation and capital costs of the two local Boys & Girls Clubs, which are dependent on private donors almost entirely. Those donors can be sure that their contributions are used effectively and efficiently. For more information, as well as the opportunity to help support this outstanding activity, go to

There is no better way to provide after-school learning and development activities for youngsters, aged 6 to 18, than through membership in a Boys & Girls Club. Call (904) 491-9103 for the Roberts Learning & Achievement Center on Lime Street in Fernandina  Beach or (904) 261-1075 for the Miller Freedom Center on Old Nassauville Road.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Nassau County received support from Rayonier 
Media Release 
Rayonier Kim Sarton, 
Public Affairs Associate 
December 20, 2016 1:00 a.m

Rayonier Inc. announced the award of more than $82,000 to area organizations. Recipients of the company's Community Fund grants were recently recognized at a special breakfast hosted by Rayonier.

Fridays Are Fun Days 
If you drop by the Roberts Learning and Achievement Center in Fernandina Beach on a Friday afternoon, be prepared for a beehive of activity from youth ages 6-18. It starts not long after neighboring Southside Elementary School dismisses for the week, and a line of students marches across the field, through the gate and into the Boys and Girls Clubs of Nassau County-run center. Club staff line up the students, urging those with extra energy to be quiet. Other than the occasional quick outburst from a student, the almost-immediate shushing by a staff member and the periodic admonition from unit director David Bryan to “tie your shoes,” the children are remarkably silent. Their destination is the canteen area, where they are given snacks.

TTS Works Wonders for Teens
Tipping the Scale (TTS) is a collaborative program between Baptist Health and the local Boys & Girls Clubs (BGC) that gives an exceptional boost to job opportunities for teens when they finish high school. Since 2014, 15 teenagers, members of the two Boys & Girls clubs here in Nassau County, have had the chance to learn about health care, be coached by Baptist Medical Center Nassau (BMCN) mentors and get a modest stipend for every week they attend the program at the hospital—plus earn a chance of a BMCN summer job.      
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