About Us

Welcome Message

“The Positive Place for Kids”

This is the 117th anniversary of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Dubuque. The Club provides fun, friendship, a smiling face and safe haven for the youth of the Dubuque community. The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Dubuque was one of the first 53 Clubs in the country and one of the first five West of the Mississippi River.

Looking back in history when Kate Van Duzee started with a small group of boys in her house in 1900, we have come a long way. From several location changes for the boys, to the inception of the Girls ‘Club in 1973, to the merging of the two organizations in April, 1999 there have been many changes. With many changes, there has always been one thing that has remained constant, the Club is a fun place where kids can come and see a friendly face. No matter what the situation is in our member’s lives, they know when they come to the Club they can leave all their worries behind and have fun!

The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Dubuque offers a variety of different activities and programs for school age kids to participate. Come to the Club and experience it for yourself. The Club is a great place to come whether you wish to read a book, use a computer, participate in Brain Games, play a game in the Game Room, paint a plaque or color a picture in Arts & Crafts, or play a game of Dodge Ball in the gym. This is a small sampling of the many, many programs and activities offered everyday at the Boys & Girls Club.
Scholarships are available to any eligible boy or girl who cannot afford our $10.00 yearly membership fee!!!

We would like to extend an invitation to everyone to come and see what we have to offer the youth of our community.

By Brian Meyer, Executive Director

Our Mission

The mission of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Dubuque is to provide programs for Dubuque area youth promoting health and social,educational, cultural, leadership and character development with emphasis on areas with greatest potential impact, in an environment which enables our members to become responsible,contributing citizens.

What We Believe

Our Principles

The Boys and Girls Club is guided by the following principles.

The Club:

  • is for boys and girls
  • offers a safe place
  • has full-time professional leadership
  • is supplemented by part-time youth workers and adult volunteers
  • assures all youth can afford to belong
  • is for boys and girls of all races,religions,and ethnic cultures
  • is non-secretarían
  • has an open door policy
  • has varied and diversified programming
  • is facility based
  • is guidance oriented

What We Offer

Guidance in helping boys and girls to:

  • discover their needs
  • pursue their interests
  • broaden their viewpoints
  • dissolve their prejudices
  • resolve their conflicts
  • set their goals
  • understand themselves
  • have fun