impacting lives since 1992
The Boys & Girls Club of Harrison County, now known as the Boys & Gils Clubs of the Big Pines, has been serving kids in East Texas since 1992.
Click below to see how we have transformed lives throughout North East Texas with the proven BGCA method of positive youth development.
To empower the kids of East Texas to BE GREAT.
To inspire and equip all young people, especially those that need us most, to achieve their full potential as healthy, productive, responsible caring citizens.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Big Pines will be "the place to be" for youth and teens in East Texas; Club leadership will develop and implement programs and events that will increase participation and excel in community involvement. .
Back in 1992 three men got together and realized the need for the youth of Marshall, Texas. As the story goes, the Boys & Girls Club of Harrison County was the brainchild of McDonalds owner Bill Hatfield - but he knew he couldn't do it alone so he recruited Ken and Steve Carlile.
The trio formed what became the first board of directors. This group actually raised the money needed and built the building BEFORE they were accepted into BGCA membership! According to BGCA, that had never happened. The process is apply to BGCA, raise the money, build the building. The fore-fathers (and mothers) were confident enough to recognize the impact that this would have on Marshall. Little did they know how big of an impact.
The building was completed and some kids were rolling through, but not as many as they thought. There needed to be a bigger impact. The Club had gone through a few Executive Directors, there was still a lot of unknown abou the Boys & Girls Club in the community. A strategic plan by the board led to a lot of growth.
The Club consisted of two sites, the Carlile Unit (now the Carlile Teen Center) and an extesnion at JH Moore Elementary. This was not acceptable as there were more and more kids that needed a Club. Executive Director Bryan Partee approached the MISD about opening more school-based sites. Coincidentally, calls followed from Paula Rogers, Deputy Superintendent of Hallsville ISD and Mr. Cook, Superintendent of Jefferson ISD.
With the success of Hallsville and Jefferson, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Big Pines realized that there were kids throughout rural East Texas that needed the services of the Club. Starting with school year 2008, the Club opened sites in neighboring Elysian Fields and Waskom.
Our reputation for positive youth development expanded and calls would roll in. "Would you start a Club in our community?" The Club had interest in Daingerfield, Hughes Springs (Superintendent Rick Ogden), and Ore City (Superintendent Lynn Heflin). These Clubs would be known as the Steel Country Chapters. As the time got closer, Daingerfield ISD opted not to participate in the program, so Steel Country became Hughes Springs and Ore City.
And if we couldn't spread our borders any further, the Club was approached by two separate groups in Gladewater and Mount Pleasant, led by Brandy Flanagan and Michelle Cobern, respectively. The two ladies made the transition into their communities especially easy, already establishing solid relationships with the school districts making the transition very easy. The service area of the Club was now about a 200 mile drive!
On December 5, 2016, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Big Pines and the Boys & Girls Club of Gregg County merged to form East Texas' largest youth development organization. The Boys & Girls Club of Gregg County had a rich history, on that does not need to be forgotten. To read about the history of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Gregg County [click here].
One building. About 80 kids or so. Fast forward to today - the Club boasts 30+ sites, with more coming on all the time, almost 5,000 kids enrolled, an average daily attendance approaching 2,000, serving not just Marshall, but kids that need us most throughout East Texas.
- Chosen as one of BGCA's sites to implement the National Youth Outcome Initiatives
- Had two Youth of the Year selections finish as Texas State Youth of the Year Runner up.
- 2013 Selected as just one of BGCA's ten Growth and Impact award winning clubs. c.