About Us

Our Mission:
The mission of the Illinois Alliance is to support Boys & Girls Clubs’ in Illinois communities “to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens”.

Our Purpose:

The Illinois Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs represents 27 Boys & Girls Clubs –affiliated organizations in Illinois and works to:
  • Advocate for the interests of Illinois Boys & Girls Clubs organizations and the youth they serve 
  • Develop and administer statewide programs, initiatives and partnerships that bring resources to Clubs to improve the lives of youth in Illinois, especially those youth who need our services most
  • Support the development and expansion of quality youth development programs through Illinois’ Boys & Girls Clubs 
  • Promote awareness of the impact of Illinois’ Boys & Girls Clubs’ programs on youth, families and communities and the challenges our youth members face;

How We Serve Kids:

  • Independent Boys & Girls Clubs organizations, which are governed locally, provide direct service to local youth and communities through full and part-time staff and local volunteers
  • Illinois’ Boys & Girls Clubs’ organizations collaborate through the Alliance to provide statewide programs and initiatives, participate in training's and employ their collective voice for the benefit of Illinois’ youth 
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of America, our national organization, provides assistance and support to its affiliated local Club organizations and to the Alliance

What a Boys & Girls Club Provides:

  • A safe place to learn and grow
  • Ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals
  • Life-enhancing programs and character development experiences
  • Hope and opportunity

Our History:

In Illinois:

The Illinois Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs was formed in 1999, and is one of the oldest and most successful Boys & Girls Clubs of America statewide Alliances in the country. Through our efforts, key program initiatives and partnerships have been implemented, enhancing the lives and impacting the futures of thousands of Illinois youth each year. The Illinois Alliance has provided significant resources to Illinois Clubs since our formation, greatly enhancing Illinois’ Boys & Girls Clubs’ efforts to reach and serve local youth who most need our help in communities during out-of-school time. Today, our Alliance is comprised of the 27 Boys & Girls Clubs organizations in Illinois, serving over 60,000 youth each year at over 90 sites.


For more than 150 years, Clubs have been helping kids reach their full potential. Boys & Girls Clubs of America had its beginning in 1860 in Hartford, Connecticut. Believing that boys who roamed the streets should have a positive alternative, three local women organized the first Club. Fast forward to 2006, when Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) celebrated 100 years of providing hope and opportunity to young people across the country. Today, BGCA’s network of more than 4,000 Boys & Girls Clubs that serve some 4 million youth annually in all 50 states and on U.S. military installations across the globe.  

Alliance Services:
  • Program Development & Delivery: The Illinois Alliance has spearheaded the statewide implementation of programs in Illinois Clubs, tailored to the needs of local Clubs and Club youth. In addition, the Alliance has leveraged its influence to bring new programs, initiatives and curricula to local Clubs and Club youth, enhancing local program offerings.
  • Funding Initiatives: The Illinois Alliance works to accomplish the strategic goal of the Alliance to collectively raise funds and form strategic partnerships for the enhancement and expansion of Clubs’ youth development programs in the state.  
  • Marketing & Communications: The Illinois Alliance works to increase the public’s and policymaker’s awareness of Illinois Clubs, the youth they serve, and their role and impact in local communities and the state.  
  • Quality Improvement and Outcome Measurement: The Illinois Alliance provides quality improvement support, outcome measurement systems and evaluation tools for Illinois Clubs, allowing them to assess their program’s impact both locally and statewide. 
  • Training/Technical Support/Learning Opportunities: The Alliance provides training and support that strengthen Illinois Clubs’ ability to provide quality programs, to effectively manage grant funds and to educate state officials and policymakers on the needs of youth and the role of Clubs in meeting those needs.    
  • Specialized Support: The Alliance provides special support and guidance to local Clubs on a diverse range of programmatic and policy issues.

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