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About Us

Our Mission

The mission of the Los Angeles Boys & Girls Club is to inspire and enable all youth, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive and responsible members of the community.

Los Angeles Boys & Girls Club is committed to equity and ensuring underserved youth access to high quality programs that provide:

  • Educational support and enrichment
  • Technology access and instruction
  • Sports league participation
  • Art and dance
  • Food, nutrition and quality meals
  • Swim lessons and water safety


The Los Angeles Boys & Girls Club was founded in 1944 as the Los Angeles Times Boys’ Club by a group of Lincoln Heights community activists. In 1950, The LA Times Charities dedicated the current building, a 33,000 square-foot facility, including a swimming pool, gym, and athletic field.

Many of the top civic leaders of Los Angeles during this era became involved in The Los Angeles Times Boys’ Club including Norman Chandler, publisher of the Los Angeles Times and Earl Warren, Governor of California.

In 1990, the Club became the Los Angeles Boys & Girls Club officially including girls in the club. A thriving community center today, the Los Angeles Boys & Girls Club offers services to both youth and their families.

Service Area

Today, the Club continues to serve children, youth and families from throughout Los Angeles.  Our target areas are the Northeast Los Angeles communities of:

  • Lincoln Heights
  • Highland Park
  • El Sereno
  • Glassell Park
  • Cypress Park
  • Montecito Heights
  • Boyle Heights
  • Echo Park
  • Chinatown
  • Downtown Los Angeles