The Boys & Girls Club of West San Gabriel Valley was established in 1972 under the leadership of our founder, Dr. Friedrich Thomas. Realizing there was no place for his own children to participate in after school activities, Dr. Thomas helped start the club by donating the building and providing seed money to initiate club programming.
In the mid 1980s the Board of Directors realized the pressing need for a new club facility to accommodate the growing membership and also provide expanded programs and services. This was the beginning of an ambitious capital campaign to raise $1.1 million for a new multipurpose facility.
Through the combined efforts of a dedicated Board of Directors, supportive foundations, committed staff, and cooperation from city officials, our fiscal goal was realized. On October 8, 1988 our new Boys & Girls Club opened its doors to the current clubhouse in Monterey Park. Membership immediately skyrocketed from a school year daily average of 70 to approximately 200.
In 1992 we added 7,000 square feet to our club facility and in 1988 we opened our second floor Teen Center specifically designed for teens, offering a variety of teen programming and services.
Since 2012 the Club has boasted a total membership in excess of 2,100 members. In addition to our main clubhouse members, we also have 2 sites in public housing one at Ramona Gardens and one at Estrada Courts. Additionally we have a site in La Puente and and Early Learning Center site in Baldwin Park. With these four additional sites combined, we are serving over 1,000 additional youth.