Joseph B. Whitehead Boys & Girls Club

Joseph B. Whitehead Boys & Girls Club


Joseph B. Whitehead Boys & Girls Club


The Joseph B. Whitehead works with hundreds of kids and teens each year to help them reach their full potential. We provide an environment where all youth feel safe and secure to dream, discover, and develop. Our programs focus on helping kids succeed in school, live healthy, and become leaders.

Our Club first started out as a summer recreational program in South Bend Park for neighborhood kids in 1944. In 1947, the Lakewood group organized a board of directors to extend the programs year round. By 1948, the Club became an associated branch of the Atlanta Boys Club. The first permanent building facilities were two wood-framed houses. As membership grew, plans were made to build a new, larger building, with the Whitehead Foundation largely supporting the initiative. In gratitude for the very generous gift from the Whitehead Foundation, the Club was named the Joseph B. Whitehead Memorial Boys’ Club in 1958 after the son of Mrs. Lettie Pate Evans, the widow of Joseph Whitehead.

Joseph B. Whitehead Boys & Girls Club

Club Location & Hours


Joseph B. Whitehead
Boys & Girls Club

1900 Lakewood Ave.
Atlanta, Georgia 30315

Fulton County
T 404-627-4617


General Hours:
2:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Holiday & Summer Hours:
7:30 am – 6:00 pm



Programs & Activities


Each Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta has a variety of special programs and activities. This Club also focuses on:

  • Notes for Notes Music Studio
  • College Bound
  • Leadership Programs (I CAN, Torch Club, and Keystone)
  • Swimming and Water Safety Program
  • I.C.E. Teen Prevention Program
  • Gardening Club
  • Koko Bushido Kempo Karate
  • UPS Book Club
  • Boy Scouts
  • Girl Scouts
  • US Soccer Program
  • QUEENS Female Empowerment
  • Diplomas 2 Degrees Program
  • PriceWaterhouseCooper Math Club
  • Jr. Hawks Basketball Program
  • Jr. Braves Baseball Program
  • Teen Poetry Slam Program

Learn how you can become a Program Partner today!


BGCMA club youth creating music

Transportation Details


BGCMA picks up from these schools:

  • Cleveland Avenue Elementary
  • Dobbs Elementary
  • Slater Elementary
  • Heritage Academy
  • Price Middle School
  • Crawford Long Middle School
  • Carver High School
  • South Atlanta High School
  • Kipp Primary Academy

These schools drop off at our Club:

  • Kipp Vision Academy


Director Q & A

Q & A with the Executive Director – Dwayne Willis

Why Boys & Girls Club

Upon returning from college, I volunteered at my home Club and had never felt more complete. I take pride in giving our youth more than I was given and I am passionate about delivering lessons about hard work, perseverance, and giving your very best.

Who Influenced Me

I had two major influences including my Club Executive Director – Mr. Henry Saxon – and my high school math teacher – Mrs. Kathryn Woods. Mr. Saxon taught me about sacrifice and making tough decision, while Mrs. Woods nourished my gift and love for math which ultimately influenced my decision to pursue a degree in accounting.

Advice for our Youth

To be yourself! Regardless of what people say, think, or feel, you have the power to change the world and it starts with having your own identity.

Our Impact in the Community

The Club is making a positive impact by allowing members to grow in atmosphere where they have a voice and the choice to be active in programs that they like and support. We teach our members to always be a positive leader in their environment and to make a difference in anything they are involved in.

What Makes Our Club Special

The staff, the members, and the environment that we create make the Joseph B. Whitehead Club a place of dreams. We are constantly encouraging, challenging, and embracing each other.  We promote a family atmosphere where our members are able to voice their opinions without criticism or scolding and everyone is included in the vision and direction of the Club.

BGCMA Director Dwayne Willis photo
BGCMA youth

Enroll Your Child


Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta works to save and change the lives of children and teens, especially those who need us most, by providing them with a safe, positive and engaging environment and programs that prepare and inspire them to achieve Great Futures. Ready to sign up? We can’t wait to meet you and your family! Check out our membership application for more details.



Joseph B. Whitehead Boys & Girls Club
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Want a New Career?

At Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta, we have trained, dedicated, and nurturing staff. We are fortunate to work with some of the best and brightest minds in the field. No matter your role, we will put your passion to work for our kids. We’d love to meet you and find out how you can help change lives. Come join us!



 Want to Volunteer?

We love our volunteers! They give us critical support and show our kids that helping hands extend beyond our doors. Whether you are looking to help with homework, tackle landscaping projects, or coach a sports team, we have the right opportunity for you. We welcome both individuals and groups. Find out how you can give and get involved.


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