Our History

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley has been around since 1963, back when it began as one Club site – the Tempe Boys Club. A group of dedicated Tempe citizens started the Club in those early years and paid to keep it open and available to the children because they recognized a need for a place for boys to go to escape the boredom and dangers of the streets.

In 1980, the Tempe Girls Club merged with the Tempe Boys Club, staying at the same Boys Club location at Jaycee Park. In 1984 the Club changed its name to the Boys & Girls Club of the East Valley. This new site was the first Club organization in the state to become a Boys & Girls Club, providing valuable after-school programs to both girls and boys. Today, this site continues to be the location for the Ladmo Branch, Tempe of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley – an organization that now serves over 43,000 children and teens annually at eleven branches.

For nearly 50 years, we have made it our number one priority to fill the opportunity gap and provide kids who come to us with a chance to build their talents, learn the value of contributing to others, and realize their dreams. The Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley is looking forward to many more years of providing hope and opportunity to young people.

Our History

1980  |  Concerned citizens met to develop support for a Boys Club in Tempe.

1980  |  Boys Club merged with the Girls Club forming the Boys & Girls Club of Tempe.

1983  |  Property was donated in Chandler for a new Branch, which opened in September.

1986  |  The Tempe and Chandler Branches merged under a new corporate name: Boys & Girls Club of the East Valley. The Mesa Branch began operation and later that year became part of the Boys & Girls Club of the East Valley.

1989  |  The Guadalupe Branch began offering program services in January within Frank Elementary School.

1991  |  The Gilbert Branch opened within Gilbert Elementary School and later moved to a permanent facility purchased through funds raised in the Youth Expansion Campaign.

1994  |  The Mesa Branch moved into a new 25,000 square foot facility renamed the Grant Woods Branch. Dedicated space and full time staff members for teens at many facilities.

1995 |  The Mesa Arts Academy opened at the Grant Woods Branch. In addition to teaching standard core subjects, the Academy incorporates an arts curriculum specializing in drama, music, dance and the visual arts for students in Kindergarten through the eighth grade.

1996  |  The first Boys & Girls Club serving a Native American community in Arizona opened under our jurisdiction in Komatke on the west side of the Gila River Indian Community.

1997  |  Another branch was opened serving the east side of the Gila River Indian Community in Sacaton.

1998  |  The Apache Junction Branch merged with the Boys & Girls Club of the East Valley.

2000  |  The Williams Campus Branch opened on the Arizona State University Campus serving members of the broader Williams Campus community.

2001 |  The Thunderbirds Branch, Guadalupe opened in February 2001. The 24,000 square foot facility will serve more than 1,500 youth in the Guadalupe community.

2002  | Donald Smith was named the National Youth of the Year representing 3.3 million Boys & Girls Clubs of America youth.

2003 |  The new Gilbert Branch opens. Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley celebrates 40 years of serving youth.

2006  |  The Queen Creek Branch opens at Queen Creek Elementary.  Another Branch opens in Tempe at the North Tempe Multicultural Center, making this the second branch in Tempe for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley.

2010  |  Romonia "Mona" Dixon of the Ladmo Branch is named Arizona State Youth of the Year and then wins the Pacific Region title before becoming  the National Youth of the Year for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.  She met with President Obama in The Oval Office in September. Read her story here.

2013  |  The Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley incorporate the Globe Branch into the organization. Located just outside of city limits, making this the 12th unit to provide service.