Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club

The Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club of Champaign- Urbana

             Young people are future leaders of their country. They are our future politicians, library-information scientists, engineers, physicians, teachers…etc. The Boys and Girls Club recognizes that education and life skills are an important aspect of developing these skills. Furthermore, the Boys and Girls Clubs identify determination of character, commitments to service, and extraordinary leadership as areas important to youth development.

By participating in the Boys and Girls clubs young people can learn new skills, increase their knowledge of the world, and maintain meaningful relationships with others. They can also cultivate a positive self-image, contribute in the democratic process, increase respect for their own and other cultural identities and become responsible members of their society.

The Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club of Champaign-Urbana seeks to meet all of these goals. According to their web site the club was integrated as a non-profit organization in 1968 and became a member of Boys Clubs of America on October of that year. In May of 1969, the Club purchased and moved into an old church building at 201 East Park Street in Champaign. In 1994 a 1.45 million dollar restoration took place, and the old structure was converted into a gymnasium. Besides these, an 1,100 square foot addition was built on the east side of the old building.

Starting from its foundation day the Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club of Champaign-Urbana has done its best to enable youth to become capable in basic educational disciplines, apply learning to everyday situations and gain technological literacy skills in order to achieve success in their future careers. Moreover, the club is trying to advance young people’s aptitude in having positive conduct, developing their own well being and setting personal goals so that they may live successfully as self-sufficient adults.

In a press release, the Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club of Champaign Urbana states:

The Boys and Girls Club is more than just a place for kids to recreateand learn. The club proves opportunities to enhance the quality of life for all of our community’s youth. The mission of the club is to work toward helping youth of all backgrounds, with special concern for those from disadvantaged circumstances and develop the qualities needed to become responsible citizens and leader. Character development is central to our programs. (2011)

The Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club is helping other regions to open the same Girls and Boys Clubs in their respected areas. Good examples for these are the Danville and the Bloomington-Normal Boys and Girls Clubs.  The Club assisted in opening new clubs in Danville in 1989 and in 1992 also they helped to open the same new club in Bloomington- Normal.

The Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club also receives some financial aid and technical assistance from different individuals, institutions and organizations. For example in the article “Dean Helps Boys and Girls Club Kids Learn About Computer Guts”, the author of the article describes that on March 31, 2011 College of Engineering Dean of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Ilesanml Adesida, visited the Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club in Champaign to help teach middle and high school teens about computers and how they work in a lesson attractively titled “Computer Guts”. (College of Engineering, 2011).

Like many other community supported and non-profit organizations, the Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club of Champaign-Urbana faces financial challenges. Partnering with the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and working closely with Mix IT Up! Scholars may alleviate some of this financial strain.

Boys and Girls Clubs change lives every day and creates heroes for young boys and girls around the world.  Participation in the club provides local youth with the opportunity to develop lifelong skills that will have an impact not only on their personal success, but also on the larger community.

Written by Seida Yishak.


College of Engineering. (2011). Dean Helps Boys and Girls Club Kids Learn About “Computer Guts”. Accessed from: dean-helps-boys-and-girls-club-kids-learn-about-%E2%80%Computer-guts%E2%80%9D-urban-ill-%E2%80%94-thursda.   


Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club Urbana/Champaign. (2011). Thank you for supporting CU kids! Accessed from




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