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Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Iowa

Cause Area

  • Arts & Culture
  • Children & Youth
  • Computers & Technology
  • Education & Literacy
  • Sports & Recreation


1421 Walker StDes Moines, IA 50316 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

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


For the past 50 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Iowa has provided kids and teens with research-based programs that focus on education, healthy lifestyles, and character and leadership development. Today, we serve more than 2,000 central Iowa youth ages 5-18 from 44 local schools each year (500 kids a day). We offer hands-on educational and experiential enrichment every day after school, as well as all-day programming during the summer and other breaks. The Club is a safe setting where youth can participate in both supervised and self-directed activities designed to give them the developmental assets necessary in becoming successful adults. Homework help, leadership opportunities, computer access, and a plethora of age-appropriate activities are offered at Club every day. Our youth development strategy is to instill a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging, and influence in the young people we serve. Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Iowa offers programs in five core areas:

  • Education & Career Development
  • Character & Leadership Development
  • Health & Life Skills
  • The Arts
  • Sports, Fitness & Recreation


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