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The Original Chicago Youth Club

Located in the heart of West Garfield Park, Off The Street Club offers a beacon of hope and fun for the city’s youth. More than just a Boys and Girls Club, it’s a space where kids learn, grow, and play.

What We Do

Empowering Youth

At Off The Street Club, our mission is to offer a haven where kids can leave their worries behind and just be kids. As Chicago’s first Boys and Girls Club, we are dedicated to youth development and helping children escape the challenges of their environment. 

Against the backdrop of a neighborhood where poverty, crime, gangs, and drugs are a daily threat to our youth—we provide sanctuary and opportunity.  Whether shooting hoops, engaging in one-on-one mentoring, or laughing over games, we design our activities to let joy and camaraderie replace stress and solitude for Chicago’s youth. 

Here, every boy and girl discovers the joy of being a child, free from the worries of the outside world. By fostering a sense of belonging, we empower young men and women to envision and achieve a brighter future.

Learn About Casual Joy

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Ralph Campagna on giving hope. (7:11)

Brighter Tomorrows

Where Hope Has A Home

Watch Ralph Campagna, Former Executive Director of Off The Street Club, share his deep commitment to the children’s future. Having been part of the Club since he was three, Ralph is dedicated to ensuring every child feels safe and valued.

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Third Thursdays

October – May

Every third Thursday of the month, volunteers at Off The Street Club experience the heartfelt love of our children. They witness firsthand the difference their support makes for every young person and connect deeply with the heart of our community.


I’m thrilled to have started volunteering at Third Thursdays at Off The Street Club. It’s one of the most fun things I’ve ever done.

Whether playing basketball, having a dance contest, or engaging in the footrace at the Club, the kids are amazing and I’m glad I started volunteering at Off The Street Club!

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Nick Greene

Auxiliary Board Member

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Support Chicago Youth

Your support creates better futures. Donate today and become a champion for Chicago’s youth.