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The Boys & Girls Club of Lansing began in 1964 as the Boys Club of Lansing. Local businessmen established an activity center targeting underprivileged street youth. Affiliation with the Boys & Girls Club of America brought national program ideas, professional staff, and a philosophy of working with youth.

For more than 40 years the focus of this community agency has remained on youth from disadvantaged circumstances, who lack appropriate resources and role models for success in school and/or employment. The mission has broadened from recreation and socialization to include education in a broad range of life skill areas.

Who We Are


In 1964, the Boys & Girls Club was formed and its first home was on Center Street what is now Old Town Lansing.


A $1,300,000 Capital Campaign built the current facility in the south-side of the city on Pleasant Grove Rd. The location was chosen because of it’s high density of youth and need for additional recreational and family support services. 


The building and program began operating for 800 youth.​ Since the opening of the present facility in June 1990, over 25,000 youth have been served. Over 3,000 volunteers have contributed almost 40,000 hours of expertise and over 60 community organizations have undertaken program collaboration.


A $1,000,000 Capital Campaign, led by a lead gift from Jackson National Life Insurance Company of $650,000, allowed the Boys & Girls Club to expand its current location by building the Jackson Teen Zone, a dedicated space for our teen programming.


Our Story

The work we do at the Boys & Girls Club of Lansing is driven by our core values

Respect: We honor diversity and inclusion, treat others with respect, and express gratitude; we embrace alternative ways of thinking
Excellence: We excel in service delivery, rigorously measure impact, and work to continuously improve ourselves and our organization; we are innovative
Teamwork: With community collaboration, and partnerships with other organizations, we help to create healthy solutions for optimal youth development
Innovation: We seek out and embrace new ideas that can improve and widen our impact on youth in the community
Integrity: We operate with honesty and hold ourselves accountable for all of our words and actions and we continuously strive to do the right thing every time

Our Values

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