About Us

Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus gives young people the support, guidance, tools, and skills to succeed in life. We provide comprehensive, affordable afterschool and summer programming for youth ages 6 through 18. Membership costs just $10 per child per year and entitles youth to unlimited Club access. It is a place where great futures are started each and every day

Our History

  1. 1948

    The Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus, then called the Westside Boys Club, was founded to give boys from the Franklinton and Hilltop communities a safe alternative to hanging out on the streets.

  2. 1955

    Columbus’ second Club, the Milo-Grogan Boys Club, opened on Cleveland Avenue to serve youth from the Milo-Grogan neighborhood.

  3. 1970’s

    The Westside and Milo-Grogan Boys Clubs began allowing girls to join as official members.

  4. 1990

    The organization officially changed its name to Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus. 1990 also marked the completions of the Westside Club renovation creating a 12,000-square-foot teen center.

  5. 2008

    Milo-Grogan rennovations were completed adding important amenities like air conditioning and separate program spaces for juniors and teens.

  6. 2010

    Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus entered into a partnership with KIPP Journey Academy to serve an additional 200 youth at the KIPP-Connect Boys & Girls Club.

  7. 2013

    The Ohio Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs received a state grant allowing Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus to open the R.I.S.E. and South Side Boys & Girls Clubs.

  8. 2014

    Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus partnered with Homeport Ohio to open the Pheasant Run Club and Metro Early College Middle School to open the UA/Metro Club.

  9. 2016

    The Westside Boys & Girls Club relocated from Franklinton to the Hilltop neighborhood to better serve youth and was renamed the J. Ashburn Jr. Club.

  • Older teens with an optimal Club experience are 40% more likely to be on-track to graduate from high school.

  • In 2018, Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus served over 5,000 youth.

  • 54% of alumni said the Club saved their life.

  • Graduating Club members are twice as likely to be interested in STEM careers than their peers nationally.

  • $1 invested in Boys & Girls Clubs equates to $9.60 in economic benefits to the individual and society.

Our Impact

The positive impact the Clubs have on youth in Columbus is impossible to ignore. Great Futures Start HERE!

Our Leadership Team

  • Rebecca Asmo CEO

    Will challenge anyone to a push-up competition.

  • Kristy Adams Club Support Specialist

  • Shara Bauman Senior Accountant

  • Mindy Boyd Club Director, RISE

     

  • Ryan Brownfield Chief Operating Officer

    Currently ranked #4 in worldwide sandwich artistry.

  • Mallory Conlin Office Manager

    Took off a week of work to attend five One Direction concerts.

  • Steve Dunlap Director, Athletics

  • Howard Fairley Club Support Specialist

  • Juliann Garrett Donor Relations Manager

  • Julie Kirk Annual Fund Coordinator

    Obsessed with a cappella, but can't carry a tune.

  • David Koeppen Maintenance Coordinator

    A jack of all trades.

  • Lauren Light, Club Director, South Side

  • Monisa Mason, Club Director, J. Ashburn Jr.

    Connoisseur of all 21 Oreo flavors.

  • Olivia Namulwinda Club Director, Milo Grogan

  • Bill Reynolds Chief Financial Officer

    Is still trying to figure out if he can make a career out of fishing.

  • Lacey Salas Area Director, School Programming

    Not in Kansas anymore.

  • Anna Schraff, Chief Philanthropy Officer

  • Doug Wolf Chief Program Officer

    Can’t read his own handwriting.

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Board of Directors

  • Sandra Rich President Nationwide

  • Randy Dupler Immediate Past President Dupler Office

  • Steve Weis 1st Vice President Cameron Mitchell Restaurants

  • Mike Schott 2nd Vice President Harold C. Schott Foundation

  • Randy Randolph Treasurer

  • Phil Goldstein Secretary

  • Jonica Armstrong DSW Inc.

  • Chris Boyd Merrill Lynch

  • Bob Brokaw Fifth Third Bank

  • Bryan Carson Huntington

  • Matt Gerhardt Associated Bank

  • Stephanie Infante Lindy Infante Foundation

  • Laurie Kamerer L Brands

  • Catherine Kennedy

  • Tani Mann The Dispatch Printing Company

  • Johnathan Northup Huntington

  • Aaron Weir Kegler Brown Hill & Ritter