A sense of belonging, a sense of usefulness, a sense of influence, and a sense of competency is what this youth service organization instills in young boys and girls, ages 6 - 18. The FBR (Friedman, Billings, Ramsey) Branch of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington at THEARC offers a wide range of programs and activities to help youth of all backgrounds build confidence, develop character and acquire the skills necessary to become responsible, civic-minded adults. The dynamic staff works to engage Club members in fun and enjoyable activities while supporting their development. Programs are focused around the organization's five core areas: Education & Career Development; Character & Leadership Development; The Arts; Health & Life Skills; and Sports, Fitness, and Recreation. Program activities include Power Hour homework assistance and tutoring; an award-winning teen character & leadership group, the Keystone Club; an Intel Computer Lab and ceramics; a money management program; and soccer and basketball teams. The facility is complete with a regulation gym, a game room fully equipped with Playstation 3, X-Box 360, and GameCube systems, and a Teen Center study lounge.

During FBR’s EXtreme Teens’ Grammy Camp, thirty-five adolescent participants wrote and scored a hip-hop music track and filmed a music video. The project happened over a seven hour period at Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington’s FBR Branch@THEARC. This was the second year of the Club offering the music production camp. FBR also partnered with BBAR’s I CAN@THEARC Theater Technical Theater internship program during the course of the project.

This episode of Metro Focus includes visits to the Newseum, Ben's Chili Bowl and THEARC. Executive Directore of Building Bridges Across the River, Edmund Fleet, speaks on the importance of public transportation to THEARC's members and the mission of BBAR. Also, a look behind the scene's at Metro's Lost & Found and MTPD's Security Operations Control Center.

Meet our ALL STAR volunteer Leslie Hamburger (pictured: center)!

Every Monday, Leslie makes the 75 minute drive to THEARC's campus to help fundraising efforts at Building Bridges Across the River.

With an interests in arts & culture and education, Leslie has elected to use her expertise as a runner to benefit THEARC. She has participated in countless 10Ks and four marathons so far. Currently, Leslie is training for the Madrid Half Marathon with the goal of raising $5,000!

Help her reach her goal by supporting THEARC today!

With funds donated by AT&T for Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington's Diplomas to Degrees Program, 4 FBR ExtremeTeens (Juniors Ayanna and Josyah, Freshman Taijah and 8th Grader Nathaniel) set out for an amazing journey to some of the nation’s most prestigious institutions of higher learning. 

Best Buy teams-up with the FBR Branch of Boys & Girls Clubs Greater Washington located at THEARC to bring computer education to teens residing in Ward 8! The Best Buy Teen Tech Center is only one of eight in the United States. The center features a state-of-the-art music studio, videography editing software, computer game design software, robobotics technology design software and much more.


The FBR Branch of Boys & Girls Clubs at THEARC released the 1st quarter teen programs for youth ages 14-18.

All programs begin on or after September 29, 2014 and end on or before December 5, 2015

Media crew: Use your voice to speak your mind. Sound off about Everything! Learn media and social skills that could equal jobs, internships and more. Get your face and name out there! Every Monday from 6-7PM

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington's (BGCGW) Homeless Helpers Group will host a food drive from Deceber 16, 2013-January 17, 2014. Donated packaged food will be dispersed to local shelters. Items needed include, but are not limited too:

THEARC Partners

Contact Information

Kerron Kalloo

Branch Manager


(202) 610-9707



Hours of Operation

12 and Under Hours:
Monday - Friday: 3:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Extreme Teen Hours:
Monday - Friday: 3:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Summer Hours:
Monday - Friday: 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM