Our Stories

Since 1948, Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Ohio has been in the business of helping our community’s kids become productive, caring, and responsible citizens. Read on to learn what the Clubs mean to our community.


In one word …

We asked our members to describe, in one word, what their Clubs mean to them.


“This place provided opportunities for every single kid I knew — opportunities they didn’t even know they had.”

Jordan Miller, Milo-Grogan Alumnus, Campaign Co-Chair

When I was a kid, I went to Milo Elementary right around the corner from the Club. After school, my brothers and I — half the school, really — would stop over here. We would do homework then get a chance to hang out and play.

My one word to describe the Club would be “opportunity.” This place provided opportunities for every single kid that I knew — opportunities they didn’t even know they had. An opportunity to be with adults that cared about them. A place where we could get help with our homework. A place where we could just be kids.

Every kid I know who came through here took advantage of that opportunity. They became something special because of this place. The other kids who didn’t come here, they just didn’t get the same chances.

For me, this opportunity meant the world. It gave me the foundation to do many things that I don’t think I would have had the chance to do otherwise. The Club has always held a special place in my heart.


“We don’t always know what to expect, but we know we’re going to be there for our members. Every day I know I made a difference.”

Miss Olivia (Olivia Namulindwa, Associate Club Director)

I have worked for Boys & Girls Clubs since 2016, starting in Cincinnati. In 2018, I moved to Columbus and joined the movement here through the Milo-Grogan Club. I call it a movement because in everything we do, even outside of our professional lives, we are carrying forward our mission: to empower all young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens.

The work takes form in different ways. No two days are the same. We are teachers, tutors, counselors, advocates, friends, and mentors to our youth. We don’t always know what to expect, but we know we’re going to be there for our members. Every day I know I made a difference.

I try to create an atmosphere with our staff that we are family. We all work to create possibilities for our members, to prepare each individual for their purpose. I look forward to that every single day.

This campaign means the world to our youth. It impacts their lives, their future, their outlook on life. Without the Club, I believe we’d lose some of these kids. We are literally saving lives. For our Milo-Grogan and Weinland Park members, knowing that they’ll be in a beautiful place built by people who believe in them — that gives them pride and hope. It shows them you never know what life can bring. Amazing things can happen.

Every single one of our donors, whatever you give, you’re impacting lives. You are investing in kids who are destined for greatness. You are investing in their future, in our community, and in our world.