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Arts Advocacy

Our Club
In 1998, we originally opened our doors and began serving community youth. Today, we've expanded our reach to serve more than 12,000 youth annually in nine locations with a variety of programs year-round.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley is governed by a Board of Directors, which is led by Board President Tim Kippenhan. Day to day operations and management are led by Chief Executive Officer Greg Lemke-Rochon.

Boys & Girls Clubs of America
The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley is part of a national network of affiliated Clubs. The national organization, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, began in 1860 with several women in Hartford, Connecticut. Believing that boys who roamed the streets should have a positive alternative, they organized the first Club.
  • In 1906, several Boys Clubs decided to affiliate. The Federated Boys Clubs in Boston was formed with 53 member organizations - this marked the start of a nationwide Movement.
  • In 1931, the Boys Club Federation of America became Boys Clubs of America.
  • In 1956, Boys Clubs of America celebrated its 50th anniversary and received a U.S. Congressional Charter.
  • To recognize the fact that girls are a part of our cause, the national organization's name was changed to Boys & Girls Clubs of America in 1990. Accordingly, Congress amended and renewed our charter.


The initiative of the Arts Advocacy program is to form relationships amongst the community to develop an understanding of how the arts can be of benefit or asset to the Fox Cities community with the help of Lawrence University. Our goal is to form partnerships that will help enrich the lives of the people around us and be of support. Arts advocacy also aims to be a liaison between Lawrentians and various organizations in the Appleton community devoted to the arts. The hope is to form better connections between the needs of the organizations and the interests of Lawrence students to help create a diverse community that acknowledges the gifts of every individual.

Various partners include the Boys and Girls Club of Appleton, Trout Museum of Art, Downtown Appleton Inc, Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra, and the Building for Kids. Contact to learn more!
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