Sanctuary In Progress

The Gene Slay’s Girls & Boys Club is proud to announce that the Saint Louis Mental Health Board has awarded GSGBC a three-year grant to hire a full-time Licensed Clinical Social Worker and provide trauma-informed care to our members. GSGBC is in the process of implementing the Sanctuary Model of organizational change and responsive trauma care. Some common examples of trauma that our kids may face include physical, psychological, or sexual abuse; violence against one’s family members/close friends; exposure to neighborhood violence; or living with household members who are mentally ill, suicidal, substance abusers, or were incarcerated.

As a result, GSGBC will evaluate and update all organizational systems and policies to ensure that they are trauma-informed and culturally competent. GSGBC will implement the Sanctuary Model in our extended learning environment where GSGBC’s existing core competencies provide a strong base of supportive and impactful resources.

Research indicates that regular exposure to trauma from a young age has lasting effects on the brain’s development. Areas such as the hippocampus, which is involved in learning and memory, develop rapidly in early childhood, while the prefrontal cortex, which regulates thoughts and attention, matures more rapidly during adolescence. As described by one pediatrician, these children are living in a “constant state of emergency,” and it has very real implications for their brain development, academic achievement, and social functioning.

Children who have experienced trauma may find it more challenging than their peers to pay attention and process new information, and evidence suggests that some of these children develop sensory processing difficulties which can contribute to problems with writing and reading.

Knowing the areas where its youth live, GSGBC knows that its members are negatively impacted by trauma on a regular basis. In a trauma-informed environment at GSGBC, these youth will strengthen the skills they need to thrive academically and socially.

27th Annual Golf Classic – May 28, 2019

4th Annual Civil Giving Wiffle Ball Tournament

3rd Annual Club Havana – Limited Tickets Available!

26th Annual Golf Classic – May 29, 2018

View the invitation here.

Norwood Hills Country Club
1 Norwood Hills Country Club Dr, St. Louis, MO 63121

7 a.m. Morning registration and breakfast
8 a.m. Classic begins
11 a.m. Afternoon registration begins, lunch served
1 p.m. Classic begins with shotgun start
5:30 p.m. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres
7 p.m. Awards Dinner and Auction

The Annual Golf Tournament began in 1993 and continues today. The Tournament, created by Gene Slay, is a way to bring the community together for a day of fun on the links and raise needed funds to support Club programs and youth.

Mr. Slay’s legacy continues as more than 300 golfers come together each year at Norwood Hills Country Club. The tournament is held annually on the Tuesday after Memorial Day. Over the years, thousands of golfers, sponsors, auction contributors, volunteers and attendees have come together to support the mission of the Club. The Golf Classic has raised more than 9 million dollars!

Registration Information
For more information, contact our Director of Development at

GSGBC 12 Bars of Charity #WhiteTeam 2017 – December 16, 2017

12 Bars of Charity is the city’s largest pub crawl attracting over 7,600 attendees and raising more than $80,000 for local charities last year! Join the #WhiteTeam on December 16, 2017 so you can have fun with friends while making a life-changing difference for the kids of the Gene Slay’s Girls & Boys Club. Sign up today!

– $10 donation to GSGBC when you sign up under our team! (or $15 if you register during the month of September!)
– Official 12 Bars of Charity #WhiteTeam Sweatshirt
– 2:00-6:00 pm drink specials at more than 20 participating bars in Soulard, Wash Ave, BPV and downtown STL: Bud Light, Budweiser, Bud Select, and Ketel One Vodka Cocktails
– Shuttle Pass to hop between bars as desired

– Register online for $30 (plus taxes/fees) under the Gene Slay’s Girls & Boys Club team, which includes your ticket purchase and your donation
– Bring printed ticket and ID to check-in at the crawl
– Put on your awesome #WhiteTeam sweatshirt
– Start pub crawl and hit up as many bars as you want! (Must have wristband to ride the shuttles and receive drink specials.)

Gene Slay’s Day at the Ballpark – September 10, 2017

Come out to Busch Stadium and watch the Cardinals take on the Pittsburgh Pirates with the Gene Slay’s Girls & Boys Club! In the classroom, on the basketball court, or in the art studio, our kids are dynamic, energetic achievers who overcome tremendous barriers to success on a daily basis! Celebrate our kids’ success with a fun day out, and support the Club’s life-changing programs!

Tickets are $20 for GSGBC members and family and $25 for supporters.

Each ticket comes with a complimentary hot dog and soda!

Tickets are available for purchase here

Boys doing art

This Club Saved My Life!

Evidence That Our Club’s After-School Programs Are Relevant And DO Impact Our Kids’ Lives

Since there is some recent national discussion about the relevance of after school and nutrition programs, we thought this summary of our own programs could present some factual, rational context to what has become a highly emotional issue.

While the Gene Slay’s Girls & Boys Club (GSGBC) is not funded through the 21st Century Community Learning Center grants in question, the fundamental question of the value of after-school programs in the lives of our kids remains.

Seventy-five percent of the 660 kids we serve annually come from single parent households in neighborhoods with high rates of crime, violence, dropouts, and food insecurity.

Food insecurity has been shown to lead to many negative consequences such as academic success, attention and behavioral problems, low test scores, absenteeism, and lack of focus.

Research demonstrates that children who live in single parent households are more likely to be food insecure. This is an ongoing concern and one of the reasons we participate in the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program. The Club continues, as it has since 1929, to provide a safe and structured environment that empowers kids to reach their potential.

Our Club fosters the development of the whole child through academic, social, nutrition, and athletic programs. Every day after school, our kids participate in mandatory academic programs that prepare them with the skills they need to succeed in school, go to college, and thrive in the workforce.

Our kids complete their homework every single day that they come to the Club, which our staff track meticulously. For children not reading at grade level, a significant predictor of long-term success, GSGBC staff provide intensive literacy interventions provided by Missouri Certified Teachers – kids improve their reading by an average of 1.5 grades in less than three months.

This past year, the boys and girls at the Club achieved the following outcomes:

  • 95% of our youth advanced to the next grade
  • 94% of parents reported that our programming had a positive effect on their child’s grades
  • 97% of our members did not drink, smoke, or do drugs
  • 25,641 nutritious meals served in 2016 – More than 110 meals per day!
  • 100% of our more than 50 Jr. Staff Members have graduated high school in the last eight years. If kids stay engaged at the Club through high school, they WILL graduate.

And these are just a few of the outcomes our kids achieve on a daily basis! Many of our alumni were (and are) the first in their family to go to college. Club alumni over the past 88 years include doctors, lawyers, accountants, firefighters, members of the clergy, police officers, teachers, engineers and more.

Some might suggest that these people would have achieved this without the Club. Numerous GSGBC alumni, including the late Gene Slay, testify that they know the potential pitfalls they faced based on the neighborhoods where they grew up and that the Club kept them on the right path. An alumnus recently stopped by the Club just to tell us that he believes that, “This Club saved my life.”
Our kids, parents, alumni, volunteers, and staff know the impact that our programs make on our community each and every day