Over 27 Years of Successful Youth Development

From community stabilization to college and career readiness

The Boys & Girls Clubs (BGCDT) is a distinguished non-profit organization in Illinois dedicated to improving the lives of children and young adults. With a strong commitment to nurturing the potential of every child, BGCDT offers a comprehensive range of programs and services that support the educational, social, and physical development of more than 1,500 Club members annually.

Operating in fifteen (15) Community Schools within Districts 300, 220, and 15, along with a High School – Impact Center, BGCDT provides after-school programming, summer programs, and athletic leagues to youth in Algonquin, Lake in the Hills, Palatine, Carpentersville, Dundee, and Barrington. Our members benefit from a variety of activities, including homework help, tutoring, nutritious meals, and enrichment programs in education and career development, character and leadership, health and life skills, sports, fitness and recreation, and the arts.

As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, BGCDT is committed to creating a safe, supportive, and engaging environment that inspires children to achieve their full potential. 

Brief History

Founded on January 13th, 1997, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dundee Township (BGCDT) began as a safe place for kids after school. Today, we’ve transformed into a center of opportunity, committed to improving our communities and helping those who need us the most.

Our Mission:

BGCDT’s mission is to enable all kids to reach their full potential as productive, caring & responsible community members.

Since 1997, BGCDT has emerged as a leading provider of after-school youth programming, empowering young people to thrive and succeed. We are proud to have moved beyond a safe-haven charity to become an active change agent in developing great futures for our youth.

Nourish Character. Inspire Potential

Board of Directors:

22 Active Board Members
5 Emeritus Board Members

Overall Club Units / Locations:

Fifteen (15) Club locations

Seven (7) Communities – Algonquin, Barrington, Carpentersville, Dundee, Lake in the Hills, Palatine, and Rolling Meadows

Three (3) School Districts – School District 300, Barrington 220, and Palatine District 15

Staffing / Personnel:

Over 35 full-time Staff
Approximately 60 part-time staff and 125–200 volunteers annually

View/Download our:

2018 Annual Report2019 Annual Report,  2020 Annual Report2021 Annual Report

2022 Annual Report (updated 8.21.23)

Audited Financial Statement

IRS Form 990 for FY 8/31/22

BGCDT Case for Support

Case for Support 

Click Here to read more about our Program Pillars – Community Collaborative Ecosystem – Club to Career Pathway.

Palatine Expansion

Click Here to learn more about our Palatine Case for Support. 

Palatine Key Facts


BGCDT receives funding through the ISBE Nita Lowey 21st Community Centers Learning Centers.

The program’s purpose is to provide opportunities for communities to establish or expand activities in community learning centers that primarily serve students who attend eligible schools with a high concentration of students from low-income families. BGCDT operates this grant with the following schools:

  • Algonquin Lakes (D300)
  • Eastview (D300)
  • Golfview (D300)
  • Jane Addams (D15)
  • Lakewood (D300)
  • Lake in the Hills (D300)
  • Meadowdale (D300)
  • Parkview (D300)
  • Perry (D300)
  • Sunny Hill (D220)
  • Algonquin Middle School (D300)
  • Carpentersville Middle School (D300)
  • Winston Campus Jr High (D15)
  • Impact Center (D300)

Annually, BGCDT completes a continuation application to continue to provide these essential afterschool programs to youth in our community who need them the most. If you have any questions in regard to the Nita Lowey 21st CCLC grant with BGCDT, please reach out to our Grant Compliance Team: Mike Berger, [email protected] or Coral Colin, [email protected].


I love working for Club because I can see the impact of what we do when members walk in and out of the club. Being able to change their attitudes, whether they had a good or bad day before they walked through our doors, seeing members leave with even bigger smiles, means a lot to me. When I see the accomplishment of helping our members every day, it brings me happiness.”

Wendy Gonzales

Lead Youth Development Professional

“I value that we get time to do our homework and receive dinner. Club has allowed me to be involved in different programs throughout the year including sports. Club has impacted me in helping me change my behavior and becoming more respectful to others and has also helped me become a better leader.




Club Member

“Club has impacted me a lot. I have had the chance to open up about my life without being judged or laughed at. Club has impacted me to the point where I strongly feel like I have a new family, I can be myself.”






Impact Center Club Member

“Thank you all for everything you have done for our family! We can’t thank you enough! We are truly blessed to have such a wonderful community of such caring people!”






Sarah D


“Going to the Club was a safe haven for me. It provided me with love. Love from others, love for myself, love for the people I would connect with. Club gave me opportunities I never would have had, and given me skills I didn’t know I needed. I always knew I had a team that would always be on my side.”



Karri Haiges

2015 Youth of the Year

“Being involved with the club has given me a great sense of satisfaction in giving back. I have been blessed in my life and want to help where I can. The community benefits by having youth more involved and developing better citizens. Seeing the young people grow in BGCDT over the years and watching them graduate high school and become very productive adults is what the CLUB is all about!”

Joe Smedinghoff

Past BGCDT Board Member

The Club helped me create a vision of what I wanted to do in my future. I wanted to become a social worker helping other children who faced the same difficult challenges I faced as a child. As a result, I paid my way through community college, joined the US Army and worked my way through college. I am now living my dream working as a social worker helping children who live in challenging environments.



Gina Corona

2000 Youth of the Year Winner

“The Boys & Girls Clubs has become an integral part of our school campus. Over the years, we have developed a true partnership and common vision for our students and the community. It is a pleasure to serve families and reach kids working with a dedicated organization like Club.”

Kristin Sainsbury

Assistant Superintendent of Title I Schools - School District 300

The Boys & Girls Clubs provide after-school activities to their members that support school education, life and career skill development, and athletic activities. Without the Boys & Girls Clubs in our community, our kids would likely not have access to these wonderful opportunities. BGCDT has and continues to provide a valuable resource in the Carpentersville and Dundee communities to help our kids grow and develop into responsible adults.”   

Chief Michael J. Kilbourne

Carpentersville Police Department

Parent Testimonial: Bianca Morales from Jane Addams Site

Member Testimonial: Zaccarra Evans from Impact Center Site

Testimonial from Algonquin Site

Testimonial from Lake in the Hills Site

Impact & Outcomes

Our Club has been recognized as a leader in providing significant impact and outcomes to the youth we serve.

Members served annually​
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dinners served each year to Club members, assuring those kids do not go to bed hungry!​
Character Development Sessions
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Hours of Members participating in community service
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Hours of screen time are reduced, because our members are engaged in quality activities for 2+ hours per day!
Parents are able to keep their jobs and provide for their families, because their kids are safe at Club!
healthy meals are served every year
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youth members we served in 2022
life changing and impactful programs are offered to our Club members
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Club Members who qualify for free school lunch - Annually we serve over 90,000 evening meals.


Club members expect to graduate High School.

Our Impact

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Dundee Township fills the gap between school and home for working families, providing a premier club experience that enables youth to achieve positive outcomes in these areas critical to creating successful features: 


Of club members reported making positive, responsible choices


Club members expect to graduate from high school


Club members who consider themselves leaders


Club members have an adult believing in their sucess!

*School year 2022-2023 NYOI survey data 

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