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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.


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Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley has been consistently educating our young people in the ever changing field of technology. Our core principle is to create an environment with the best technology available. Through this safe haven, Club members are allowed to explore and create their own ideas while learning the basics of computer technology. Our goal is to create the next generation of “technologically fluent” (Mitchell Resnick) members. “They will be the creators of technology, not merely consumers” (M. Resnick)

Club members can participate in a variety of programs from the digital arts, including graphic arts, music and film production, photo manipulation, to video game creation and design and reading programs. Club members will gain their “basic” skills, through our approach,when gearing our programs to their interests.
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.

Tax Credit Program 2017


How Your Arizona Tax Credit Can Help Our CLUB KIDS!





Arizona Qualifying Charitable Organization (Formerly known as the Working Poor Tax Credit)
All Arizona taxpayers qualify for a 2017 "tax credit" of $800/married couples and $400/individuals on your state taxes through the Arizona Qualifying Charitable Organization. This is a straight deduction from your Arizona state taxes. You also have the opportunity to support our Mesa Arts Academy through the Arizona Public School Tax Credit.

Individual Tax Credit Donation - EXAMPLE
1)   Arizona Qualifying Charitable Tax Credit        = $400
2)  Arizona Public Schools Tax Credit                 = $200

TOTAL REFUND from your Arizona state taxes   =   $600!

Arizona Public Schools Tax Credit Information ~ Mesa Arts Academy
Arizona taxpayers ALSO qualify for the Public Schools Tax Credit of $400/married couples and $200/individuals.  This is a straight deduction from your Arizona state taxes!  The Mesa Arts Academy was recently named an Arizona "Lighthouse" School, ranking in the top 4% of all public schools in the state.  Your support will help us to continue to provide top rated academic staff and programs!


DID YOU KNOW?
a.  Boys & Girls Club members are 25% more likely to graduate from high school, and are three times more likely to volunteer in their community!
b.  100% of every Tax Credit Dollar goes directly to support programs and opportunities provided for our more than 36,000 youth and teens at our 12 East Valley branches each year!
c.  80% of Club Alumni say the Club had a positive impact on their attitude towards fitness and health!



Tax Credit Deadline:  December 31, 2017 for Federal and  April 15, 2018 for State of Arizona

Tax circumstances are different for everyone; please consult your tax advisor in order to 
receive the Arizona Charitable Tax Credit and/or the Public School Tax Credit for this year,
donations must be received prior to filing your taxes.  Your support is instrumental in helping boys and girls
throughout the East Valley! You may designate your Arizona Charitable Tax Credit gift to one of the
branches and/or school.

Arizona Public Schools Tax Credit Information ~ Mesa Arts Academy

Arizona taxpayers ALSO qualify for the Public Schools Tax Credit of $400/married couples and $200/individuals. 
This is a straight deduction from your Arizona state taxes!  The Mesa Arts Academy was recently named an Arizona
"Lighthouse" School, ranking in the top 4% of all public schools in the state.  Your support will help us to continue to provide top rated academic staff and programs!


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