2021 Back-To-School Drive

Why School Supplies?

At Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago, we strive to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

School supplies ensure that all kids have the same opportunities to start the school year right and have a profound impact on youth and their learning experience. With the current public health crisis, more and more families are experiencing financial insecurity; and as a result, many children won’t have access to essential learning tools.

With your help, we can ensure that each of our Club members has the supplies they need to be prepared and successful in the school year ahead. Our goal is to collect Backpacks and School Supplies for 2,500 Club members, ages 5-18!

Year of the Teen!

This year's Back to School drive is focused on our local teenagers. BGCC is committed to providing our teens with the necessary school supplies and backpacks they need to feel ready for their high school years ahead! By donating larger sized backpacks and electronics, Chicago teens can enhance their learning experience from day one.  


BGCC's Back to School drive will be implemented in 3 waves:

Wave 1: Donations received before Friday, August 6 will be distributed to all summer camp attendees in advance of the school year.
Wave 2: Donations received between Monday, August 9 through Friday, August 27 will be distributed during the first week of Chicago Public School from August 30 – Friday, September 3.
Wave 3: All back-to-school donations received after Tuesday, September 7 will be distributed to Club members and families on an as needed basis.

There are THREE ways you can support the Back-To-School drive:

  1. Make a Gift: Your financial contribution will allow BGCC to continue to provide essential learning and educational resources to our Club members through in-person or virtual club programming.
  2. DIY School Supply Kit: Instructions below share how you can make a DIY School Supply Kit for our Club members in the comfort of your own home or with friends or colleagues.
  3. Donate School Supplies: Go to our Back-To-School Drive Amazon Wish List and select items that you would like to donate and have shipped directly to the Clubs!


DIY School Supply Kit

What You’ll Need


  • Review the requested packing list items needed in each gallon-sized plastic bag or backpack
    • Packing List: 1 New Youth/Teenager Backpack, 2 College Ruled Spiral Bound Notebooks, 2 Folders. 4 Pencils. 4 Erasers, 4 Pens, 1 Pencil, Sharpener, 1 Pack of Crayola Markers, 1 Ruler, 2 Glue Sticks
      • We are unable to accept used donations.
  • Purchase new school supplies from your preferred store or website
  • Put the school supplies together in either a gallon-sized plastic bag or a new backpack
  • Donate your packs at a scheduled drop-off date, time and location!

Contact Information

If you or your company would like to participate or schedule a delivery, please send a confirmation email to Emily Steepleton, Corporate & Foundations Coordinator at esteepleton@bgcc.org, or call 312-248-8576. If you have any questions about supply needs or would like to donate in support of the drive, please do not hesitate to reach out!

Thank you for your continued support of Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago. Together we are creating brighter futures for Chicago’s youth!