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Boys & Girls Clubs in Baton Rouge, Covington, Gretna, New Orleans & Slidell Join Forces to Create Regional Organization

Meet the new Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Louisiana

In a move designed to strengthen and grow two organizations to serve nearly 20,000 families across nine parishes, the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Baton Rouge and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Louisiana have merged to become the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Louisiana. The merger takes effect today. It is one of the largest of its type in Louisiana. 

Pat R. Van Burkleo, who has headed Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Baton Rouge for the past 30 years, has been named President and CEO of the new organization.

The new organization will be governed by a Board of Governors with representatives from both of the previous organizations as well as local Parish Councils primarily focused on strategy, community representation and resourcing services. According to Van Burkleo, each local Club site will retain its identity, and donors will have an opportunity to make an even bigger impact on Louisiana families and kids by supporting the regional organization.

“This merger gives us the opportunity to serve more kids and develop deeper programming,” Van Burkleo said. “Combining our forces will enable us to scale our best practices, streamline operations and be more cost-efficient – all to serve and support more kids. “

As a regional organization, BGCMLA is looking to build greater engagement, recruit more volunteers, engage more community partners and overall impact more young people in Southeast Louisiana.

Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) is in full support of this merger in order to boost membership, standardize programming and bolster the financial standing of individual Clubs. BGCA has significantly invested in the new Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Louisiana and is assisting in setting the organization up for future success.

A national study of Clubs that have merged in the past five years showed a 21 percent increase in the number of youth served and a 29 percent increase in total revenue in merged organizations.

Boys & Girls Clubs provide safe, fun places for kids ages 6-18 to go after school. It also provides out-of-school time programming like Be Safe, Be Smart (bullying prevention) and Youth Legislature. Clubs focus on academic achievement, healthy lifestyles and character development.

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About the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Louisiana
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Louisiana provides out-of-school-time programs for members. Seven Clubs serve nearly thousands of young people annually through afterschool, summer, Youth Legislature, and violence prevention programs. While afterschool and summer programs are the foundation of a traditional Boys & Girls Club experience, our Club offers dynamic opportunities to promote the healthy lifestyles and academic success of members. All Boys & Girls Club programs focus on giving youth a fun, safe, environment to develop the skills needed to achieve great futures!


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Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Louisiana Administrative Office
8281 Goodwood Blvd, Suite A
Baton Rouge, LA 70806-7742
Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Louisiana Oscar J. Tolmas Regional Service Center
320 N Carrollton Ave., Suite 102
New Orleans, LA 70119