Our history started when there was a need to address the growing escalation of gang violence in the Harbor City/Harbor Gateway neighborhoods. We initially started programs in Normont Terrace Housing Community in 1989 as an extension of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Wilmington. Two years later, the Clubs' board of directors decided to operate as a separate organization and changed our name to the Harbor City/Harbor Gateway Boys & Girls Club.
Over the years, we began extending our service to other nearby communities in the Harbor Gateway area and changed our name to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the South Bay and operated programs at five sites, which eventually became too difficult for the board of directors and community to financially support. That led to a decision to drop our charter from Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
In order to not interrupt service to the youth and families, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the South Bay entered into a "management agreement" with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the LA Harbor. The purpose was to move the sites, programs, board members and business operations under management of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the LA Harbor by 1/1/2019.
The South Bay Youth Clubs will continue to play an integral role in assuring program continuity by “BUIRNING THE MORTGAGE” and other closing financial needs so as not to burden the Boys & Girls Clubs of the LA Harbor as they provide programs for the youth and families.