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National Youth Organizations

Boys and Girls Clubs of America
The Boys and Girls Clubs of America has developed a number of nationally recognized programs that address today's most pressing youth issues, teaching young people the skills they need to succeed in life. More than 25 national programs are available in the areas of education, the environment, health, the arts, careers, alcohol/drug and pregnancy prevention, gang prevention, leadership development and athletics.

Boy Scouts of America
The Boy Scouts provide an educational program for boys and young adults to build character, to train in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and to develop personal fitness. This well-known organization has local councils that provide youth programs for several age groups, including Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, and Venturing.

Camp Fire Boys and Girls
Camp Fire Boys and Girls has a mission of building, caring, confident youth and future leaders. Camp Fire is a national youth development organization that provides fun, coeducational programs for youth from birth to age 21. Camp Fire Boys and Girls has five nationally developed youth development programs that are delivered through 125 local councils across the nation, including three in Iowa.

The National FFA Organization is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of young people (ages 12-21) by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. FFA's local, state and national programs and activities help members develop public speaking skills, conduct and participate in meetings, manage financial matters, strengthen problem-solving abilities and assume civic responsibility.

Girl Scouts of America
The Girl Scouts explores issues affecting girls and encourages practical applications to benefit them. They are also where girls can turn to discover the fun, friendship, and power of girls together. Girl Scouting gives girls opportunities to build skills for lifetime success

National 4-H Council
The National 4-H Council's mission is to advance the 4-H youth development movement to build a world in which youth and adults learn, grow and work together as catalysts for positive change. The National Council partners with 4-H at all levels-national, state and local-to achieve its mission.

Together, the nation's 2,400 YMCAs are the largest not-for-profit community service organizations in America, working to meet the health and social service needs of 17.5 million men, women and children in 10,000 communities. Ys are for people of all faiths, races, abilities, ages and incomes.

There are 324 YWCAs in the United States, making the organization the argest provider of shelter services for women and their families in the country. The YWCAs are leaders in violence prevention, child care, employment training and placement services for women, and leaders in sports and physical fitness programs for women and girls.