Who We Are
Founded December 26, 1919
Became an affiliate member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America on February 23, 1920
In 1919, Club One in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood provided a safe place for a young man who had just lost his father as World War I came to an end in Europe. Ninety- six years later, a female high school student at Club Two finds a place to safely assert herself as a leader among her peers through community service and a young boy at our Barreto Club feels free to pursue his interest in science without fear of being ridiculed by the “cool” kids at his school.
The Union League Boys & Girls Clubs strives to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens. We currently serve more than 14,000 enrolled members between the ages of 6 and 18 at 10 locations. Each day, more than 1,600 youth take part in programming focused on academic success, healthy lifestyles and good character and citizenship.
For 99 years, the Union League Boys & Girls Clubs have served the after-school development needs of at-risk youth in Chicago. The organization also staffs and manages its own 247-acre summer camp in Salem, Wisconsin where youth from Chicago’s inner city participate in enrichment activities in an environment free from drugs, gangs and violence. The Union League Boys & Girls Clubs also launched a programming initiative at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center aimed at reducing the high rate of recidivism among the juvenile detainees.
We help youth prepare to reach their full potential. Thanks to the generous support of our donors and our programming partners, the youth of the Union League Boys & Girls Clubs have the opportunity to succeed in life and to find their voices in the world.