::Heart of IMB – Non-Profit Spotlight:: Boys & Girls Club


About The Boys & Girls Club

The Boys & Girls Club is a non-profit dedicated to enabling all young people, especially those who need them most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

Their vision is to provide a world-class Club Experience that assures success is within reach of every young person who enters our doors, with all members on track to graduate from high school with a plan for the future, demonstrating good character and citizenship, and living a healthy lifestyle.

How The Boys & Girls Club got Started

Boys & Girls Clubs of America had its beginnings in 1860 with three women in Hartford, Connecticut – Mary Goodwin, Alice Goodwin, and Elizabeth Hammersley. Believing that children left home alone should have a positive alternative, they organized the first Club. With character development as the cornerstone of the experience, the Club focused on capturing children’s interests and increasing their personal expectations and goals.

Local Clubs, Like the Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville

(BGCN) has provided opportunities for youth to enjoy activities and experiences that shape character since 1951. Serving youth from kindergarten to 12th grade, the BGCN provides positive and engaging programs that enrich the lives of a diverse group of members.

Last year, the Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville served 2,412 members. No one was turned away because they could not pay the membership fee.

Between the Tom & Soni Sheehan Club, the Community Center, and Camp Crosser, we provide opportunities for children and young adults to enjoy activities and experiences that help shape character and offer new perspectives.

How to Get Involved

  1. Volunteer: Whether you are interested in coaching, serving a meal, or tutoring, one time or ongoing volunteer opportunities are available.  
  2. Donate: Imagine a place where who you are, where you’re from or the circumstances that surround you don’t determine your access to experiences or opportunities. Individual gifts ensure that NO child is turned away due to financial need. The current cost for an annual membership is only $55.  The true cost for one child to attend is actually $555 per year. BGCN keeps the cost low through the generous gifts of individuals, corporations, and grants.  
  3. Tour: If it’s a good fit for you and your family sign up for summer camp, a sports league, or the after school program.
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Kristi Howard-Shultz
Kristi grew up in Danville, Indiana where she met her childhood sweetheart and now husband Elliott. After years of living apart including graduate school in New York City and military tours abroad, they resettled and started a family in Indianapolis. Together, they are raising two bright and busy boys—Henry and George. She has a Master's Degree in Social work from New York University and is a RYT 200 Yoga Teacher. In her “spare” time, she enjoys reading memoirs, chasing her boys, and listening to her husband, the funniest person she knows.