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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 11 locations, including our Central Unit, as well as 10 elementary and middle schools throughout the local area. Each day, we serve roughly 900 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 achieve the success we know they are capable of.

 

Intent to Apply:

BGCCIL intends to apply for 21st CCLC funds through Illinois State Board of Education to provide afterschool programming four days per week for the school years 2018-2019 through 2022-2023. These programs will be run in partnership with Springfield Public School District 186 and will be located at: Grant Middle School, Jane Addams Elementary, Hazel Dell Elementary and McClernand Elementary. For more information contact Emily Bergschneider, Director of Operations, at 217-544-0548.

 

 

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.