Our History

For more than 40 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northland has grown and developed to meet the needs of youth ages 6 to 18 in our communities. With a demonstrated history of expanding in response to the increased needs of our kids, our mission – to empower and inspire all young people, especially those who need us most – is a reality.

1971 – Boys Club of Duluth opened our doors to boys ages 6 to 18 on the third floor of the Minnesota Power & Light building located at Superior Street and Garfield Avenue.

1973 – Ben and Jeanne Overman donated an old church building located in West Duluth to serve as the new site for the Boys Club of Duluth.

1980 – Girls were invited to join the membership and the Club changed our name to Boys & Girls Club of Duluth.

1994 – Boys & Girls Club of Duluth expanded to Lincoln Park School to serve youth during out-of-school hours.

1995 – The Paul Staudenmaier Boys & Girls Clubs Foundation was established to benefit the Club.

2004 – Boys & Girls Club of Duluth opened a second site on the Bois Forte Reservation at Lake Vermilion near Tower, MN.

2008 – The Clubs assumed the operations of a third site in Superior, WI.

2008 – The Clubs opened a fourth site in the Duluth Heritage Sports Center, named the Dave Goldberg Family Branch in recognition of Mr. Goldberg’s vision that the Heritage Sports Center should serve all youth.

2009 – The Clubs opened a fifth site on the Bois Forte Reservation at Nett Lake, MN.

2009 – The Clubs changed our name to Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northland to better reflect the communities we serve in Duluth and throughout northeastern Minnesota.

2015 – The Clubs opened our new Teen Center located in our Lincoln Park Branch, featuring a theater and stage area, technology and learning center, and a recording studio for Club Members ages 13 to 18.

2017 –  The Clubs opened 2 new sites in Grand Rapids and Greenway located in Itasca County at the RJE Middle School and Greenway High School for all youth in the area ages 6 – 18.