About Us

About BGCI

When the school bell rings for the end of the day, many Indianapolis youth are left with few options for positive after-school activities. Some are at home with no adult care or supervision, not because they do not have great caretakers, but because caretakers must work long hours to support their families. Young people need to know that someone cares when guardians cannot be there.

Boys & Girls Clubs offer that and more. Club programs and services help youth understand they matter.

The Clubs are a safe place to learn and grow – all while having fun. It is a place where Great Futures are started each and every day.

And we will do Whatever It Takes to build Great Futures for the youth in our city!

Our Mission

Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis believes every young person deserves to live a life filled with hope and opportunity. Because we care about our young people, we provide a safe, educational and positive atmosphere where they can prosper and reach their full potential.



434wheeler Youth Centered: We will put kids first by being mindful of the many issues youth face today. We will be supportive; proactive; engaging; passionate; focused; and committed to providing quality services.
Ethical: We will operate in an open, honest, and transparent environment.
Accountable: We take full responsibility for our actions and performance. We will be reliable, produce measurable outcomes and evaluate our programs.
United: We are a team of diverse individuals who work together to accomplish our mission. We will encourage, support, and respect each other.


  • 1893, Newsboy Home opened
  • 1895, named changed to The Boy’s Home and Employment Association
  • 1897, Butler Memorial Boys Club opened at Madison Avenue and Meridian St.
  • 1898, named changed to The Boy’s Club Association
  • 1913, Herman Lauter Memorial Club Opened
  • 1913, Camp opened in Noblesville
  • 1926, English Avenue Club opened
  • 1944, Women’s Auxiliary Founded
  • 1955, Salk Park Club Opened
  • 1966, Atkins Club Opened
  • 1970, College Scholarship Program begins
  • 1971, LeGore Club Opens
  • 1972, Wheeler Club Opens
  • 1974, Keenan-Stahl Club joins BGCI
  • 1989, Girls are allowed to attend the Clubs
  • 1990, Concord Club Opens
  • 1991, Name changed to Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis
  • 1993, Lilly Club Opens
  • 1993, 100 years of service in Indianapolis
  • 2001, School Sites Open
  • 2011, Education Initiative Begins
  • 2012, Education Directors and Graduation for Mas Counselors added to Facility Sites
  • 2015, Expanded kitchens and cafeterias open in the Clubs
  • 2016, Finish Line Club Opens
  • 2016, Celebrate 25 years of women in the Clubs