About Us

Our Mission

To inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens.

Our History

In the late 1950’s, Springfield’s east side was tough place for a child to grow up. The negative influences of violence, crime, and alcohol were around almost every corner. Chartered on November 1st, 1956, the Boys Club of Springfield set out to become the positive place for children in the area.

The club was originally located on 8th Street until a fire destroyed the building, and forced the club to temporarily move to an older building on 11th Street. The facility in use today was built in 1960 on an historic piece of property at the intersection of 15th & Monroe.

In 1992, the club became Boys & Girls Club of Springfield, recognizing that the girls in our community equally needed a safe place to grow and develop into responsible young women. In 2007, the Club officially changed its name to Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Illinois to represent our expanded service area.

Today, we operate in 22 locations, including our Central Unit, as well as 21 elementary and middle schools throughout Sangamon and Morgan counties. Each day, we serve roughly 1,000+ youth, providing character building activities, academic programs, and healthy activities. All of our programming is geared towards delivering measurable outcomes that help our members become responsible citizens in our community, live healthy lifestyles, and reach their full potential.

Disclosure of Federal Participation

(Stevens Amendment)

Projects or programs funded in whole or in part with Federal grant money must credit the Federal government for the Federal government’s portion of the financial support.

This web page citation informs the public that the use of Federal dollars at BGCCIL meets the Stevens Amendment requirement. Staff development opportunities, resource purchases, and personnel have been funded in whole or in part with Federal entitlement dollars.

Notice of Intent to Apply
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Illinois intends to submit an application to the
Illinois State Board of Education by August 16, 2024 for Nita M. Lowey 21st
Century Community Learning Center grants to operate Nita M. Lowey 21st
Century after-school programs located at Illinois Public Schools beginning in
the 2024-2025 school year for a period of three years.
  • Matheny-Withrow Elementary
  • Ridgely Elementary
  • Fairview Elementary
  • Black Hawk Elementary
  • Franklin Middle School
  • Dubois Elementary
  • Harvard Park Elementary
  • St. Patrick Catholic School

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