About Us

 

 

Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Ohio gives young people the support, guidance, tools, and skills to succeed in life. We provide comprehensive, affordable after school and summer programming for youth ages 6 through 18. Membership costs just $10 per child per year and entitles youth to unlimited Club access. It is a place where great futures are started each and every day

Our History

  1. 1948

    The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Ohio, then called the Westside Boys Club, was founded to give boys from the Franklinton and Hilltop communities a safe alternative to hanging out on the streets.

  2. 1955

    Columbus’ second Club, the Milo-Grogan Boys Club, opened on Cleveland Avenue to serve youth from the Milo-Grogan neighborhood.

  3. 1970’s

    The Westside and Milo-Grogan Boys Clubs began allowing girls to join as official members.

  4. 1990

    The organization officially changed its name to Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus. 1990 also marked the completions of the Westside Club renovation creating a 12,000-square-foot teen center.

  5. 2008

    Milo-Grogan rennovations were completed adding important amenities like air conditioning and separate program spaces for juniors and teens.

  6. 2010

    Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus entered into a partnership with KIPP Journey Academy to serve an additional 200 youth at the KIPP-Connect Boys & Girls Club.

  7. 2013

    The Ohio Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs received a state grant allowing Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus to open the R.I.S.E. and South Side Boys & Girls Clubs.

  8. 2014

    Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus partnered with Homeport Ohio to open the Pheasant Run Club and Metro Early College Middle School to open the UA/Metro Club.

  9. 2016

    The Westside Boys & Girls Club relocated from Franklinton to the Hilltop neighborhood to better serve youth and was renamed the J. Ashburn Jr. Club.

  • Older teens with an optimal Club experience are 40% more likely to be on-track to graduate from high school.

  • In 2018, Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus served over 5,000 youth.

  • 54% of alumni said the Club saved their life.

  • Graduating Club members are twice as likely to be interested in STEM careers than their peers nationally.

  • $1 invested in Boys & Girls Clubs equates to $9.60 in economic benefits to the individual and society.

Our Impact

The positive impact the Clubs have on youth in Central Ohio is impossible to ignore. Great Futures Start HERE!

Our Leadership Team

  • Kristy Adams
    Club Support Specialist

  • Shara Bauman
    Senior Accountant

  • Mindy Boyd
    Club Director, RISE

     

  • Maggie Breeding
    Interim Director of Operations, Columbus/Marion

  • Mallory Conlin
    Office Manager

  • Howard Fairley
    Club Support Specialist

  • Juliann Garrett
    Philanthropy Director

  • Julie Kirk
    Philanthropy Manager

  • David Koeppen
    Maintenance Coordinator

  • Lauren Light
    Club Director, South Side

  • Monisa Mason
    Club Director, J. Ashburn Jr.

  • Olivia Namulwinda
    Club Director, Milo Grogan

  • Addie Natalie
    Corporate & Foundation Relations Manager

  • Lee Sessley
    Site Lead, Livingston

  • Haley Smith
    Campaign Coordinator

  • Amanda Vozzella
    Market Director, Newark

  • Doug Wolf
    CEO

  • Rachael Yoho
    Site Lead, KIPP

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Board of Directors

  • Steve Weis
    President
    Cameron Mitchell Restaurants

  • Sandra Rich
    Immediate Past President
    Nationwide

  • Johnathan Northup
    First Vice President
    Huntington Bank

  • Laurie Kamerer
    Second Vice President
    Limited Brands

  • Mike Schott
    Third Vice President
    Harold C. Schott Foundation

  • Randy Randolph
    Treasurer

  • Phil Goldstein
    Secretary

  • Jonica Armstrong
    Big Lots

  • Raj Bellani
    Denison University

  • Chris Boyd
    Merrill Lynch

  • Bob Brokaw
    Fifth Third Bank

  • Bryan Carson
    Huntington Bank

  • Randy Dupler
    Dupler Office

  • Matt Gerhardt
    Associated Bank

  • David Hatcher
    The Champion Companies

  • Stephanie Infante
    Lindy Infante Foundation

  • Catherine Kennedy

  • Tani Mann
    The Dispatch Printing Company

  • Sarah Wallace
    Thomas J. Evans Foundation

  • Aaron Weir
    Kegler Brown Hill & Ritter