All kids deserve a great future.
But too often, the tools and experiences they need — the building blocks of success — are out of reach. The good news? Kids can count on Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Ohio.
We are a team of educators, parents, Club alumni, community leaders, and everyday citizens. We give our time, energy, and resources to help the kids who need us the most.
We are more than an organization. We are a movement.
We began in 1948 as the Westside Boys Club, serving the Franklinton and Hilltop communities. Today, Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Ohio have eight Clubs that support more than 4,000 children and teens in Columbus, Marion, and Newark.
Our mission is to empower young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens.
What We Do
Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Ohio offer safe spaces for kids ages 6 to 18 to learn and grow both socially and emotionally — through comprehensive, affordable afterschool and summer programming. In all that we do, we focus on Academic Success, Good Character and Citizenship, and Healthy Lifestyles.
Each kid comes to us with a unique set of strengths, circumstances, and needs. Our members are accepted, acknowledged, and supported regardless of race, ethnicity, gender expression, sexual orientation, ability, socioeconomic status, and religion.
Our donors and advocates provide critical resources to our staff, so they in turn can give kids the tools they need to be healthy and successful. Together, we show our kids that they are capable, worthy, and deserving of great futures.
Thank you to our Board of Directors!
Fifth Third Bank
Dr. Melissa Crum
Mosaic Education Network
Phil Goldstein, Secretary
The Champion Companies
Lindy Infante Foundation
Laurie Kamerer, 2nd Vice President
The Dispatch Printing Company
Johnathan Northup, 1st Vice President
Sandra Rich, Immediate Past President
Mike Schott, 3rd Vice President
Harold C. Schott Foundation
Thomas J. Evans Foundation
Kegler, Brown, Hill & Ritter
Steve Weis, President
Cameron Mitchell Restaurants
Kimberly L. Hall
Columbus State Community College
James (Randy) Randolph, Treasurer
Ascend Advisory Group
The Ohio State University
Great futures start with a community that cares.
We hope you’ll join us!