Laura's hard at work on the microscope, photo courtesy of M. Whittaker

Diving in the deep end

BGCC member Laura McGinn spent her summer immersed in a lab experience at Northwestern University. A graduate of BGCC's Science Club and a senior at Northside Prep, Laura joined Northwestern faculty member Derk Joester's lab for the summer to study biological engineering. HELIX Magazine has more on Laura's experience.

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Renovation Across the Nation

Led by Lowe's, and in partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America, this major initiative is giving $50,000 to one Club per state, for a total of $2.5 million in critical repairs, improvements and refurbishments around the country. We are excited to share that our Valentine Club will receive the $50,000 grant for the state of Illinois – and these funds will be put towards fully remodeling their teen lounge

2016 YoY Candidate Marcos Matias

You Did It!

Thanks to your generosity, we succesfully met our Challenge Match goal of $100,000 to support our Teen Program Expansion! In fact, we exceeded our goal, raising more than $150,000! We are overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and are excited to expand our outreach to even more Chicago teens who need our services - and it would not have been possible with YOU. On behalf of the staff and Club members at Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago - THANK YOU!

NBA Superstar Chris Paul

Chris Paul makes another big assist!

NBA superstar Chris Paul, NBA Cares and State Farm surprised our Logan Square Club members with a brand new gym and new game room equipment! Chris even stopped by to meet the kids, test out the new gym, and help run some basketball drills.

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

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Just one or two hours each week can make a real difference in a young person's life! As a volunteer, it can make a real difference in your life too. The benefits include:

  • Positively impacting the lives of Chicago youth
  • Becoming a role model
  • Developing relationships with our members
  • Helping to provide a fun and safe environment for young people

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Featured Events

November 16, 2016
4th Annual Pedersen-McCormick Thanksgiving Party
February 10, 2017
2017 Chicago Auto Show First Look for Charity
March 07, 2017
2017 Youth of the Year Competition & Dinner