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Our History

The Indio Boys Club opened its doors to the community in 1966. Today, that one small clubhouse has grown into an organization comprised of a network of five full-service clubhouses, two boxing/athletic centers, and the Smilow Family Teen Center in Indio. Its programs support thousands of members throughout the community as the Boys & Girls Clubs of Coachella Valley.


 December 1966
The Boys Club of Coachella Valley began operating by opening a new facility on Date Street in the city of Indio.
 May 1990
Satellite program begins to serve La Quinta at the Community Center
 September 1990 Name of organization changed to Boys & Girl Club of Coachella Valley reflecting service to girls.
 June 1993 Summer programs begins to serve youth in Coachella
 July 1994
La Quinta Clubhouse opens
 July 1994
Coachella summer program expands to year-round at Bagdouma Park
 May 1996
BGCofCV receives the Honor Award for best education program in the nation from Boys & Girls Clubs of America
 October 1996
BGCofCV partners with Indio Youth Task Force on an athletic program to serve North Indio
 October 1997
BGCofCV earns national grant to provide after-school care at the Oasis School
 July 1999 BGCofCV earns $1.2 million from California Youth Authority toward building a Coachella Clubhouse
 January 2000 A $4.4 million development campaign starts to fund the new Coachella clubhouse, expand the Indio clubhouse, and create a program reserve
 November 2002 Coachella’s Frank Foster and Powell Family Clubhouse and family Resource Center opens
 July 2004 Indio Clubhouse Boxing & Athletic Center opens
 April 2010 Smilow Teen center welcomes hundreds of Indio teens
 May 2010 Desert Hot Springs Club joins BGCofCV
July 2011 Organization name changes to Boys & Girls Clubs of Coachella Valley to reflect service to five local communities: Indio, La Quinta, Coachella, Desert Hot Springs and Mecca.
 December 2011 The Joel W. Smilow Clubhouse in Mecca opens its doors to the community thanks in part to $6 million in redevelopment funds from Riverside County
 December 2012 Desert Hot Springs Club moves to new location in the Desert Hot Springs Community Health and Wellness Center