Empowering Minds

This program is designed to generate the skills and motivation which is necessary for success in education beyond high school.

The idea for this program is to prepare our youths to successfully compete for entry into post-secondary institutions, by providing them with simulated college’s experiences, which is rich in academic and motivational support.

Participants receive tutoring services, study skills workshops, career counseling, and individualized instructions, which assist in preparing them for entry into some of the finest educational institutions available to those who are willing to work hard towards achieving academic success.

T-Ball & Baseball


The Club’s works closely with the Madison Khoury league, located at 1601 Elizabeth Street in Madison, IL.  The Executive Director is Mr. James Gardner Jr.

Tee Ball programs offer three, four and five year olds, a preview of the very fundamental concepts of the game America loves.

The Baseball and Softball programs offer progressive growth extending through their high school years and beyond.

Madison, Fairview Heights, Belleville and Collinsville Khoury Leagues all offer boys and girls ample opportunities to learn the officiating aspects of the games.

For additional information, please contact these leagues directly, by visiting their website for registration information.



The Club provides various Basketball programs to Boys and Girls between the ages of 10-18.

Our youths participate in activities, which are designed to improve their individual basketball skills. In addition, the programs are designed to include self-discipline techniques, encourage team participation, improve social development skills and prepare members for higher level performances.

Each program is led by skilled coaches, who use a unique development philosophy to teach and challenge our youths to reach their highest potential.

The Club offers these activities year-round and includes annual summer camps, various Clinics and Drill Skills opportunities after school on Monday-Thursday from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

These programs are provided under the leadership of our Program Director, Mr. DeMarque Crochrell and Mr. Maurice Baker.

The Club serves approximately 50-100 youths annually.



The Joe W. Roberts Youth Club periodically provides support and/or co-sponsors various other programs by working with local organizations.

Our youths previously engaged in football programs, which were sponsored by the Jackie Joyner Kersee Center.

Currently one of our own local organizations, the Madison Eagles Sports Club is offering a fantastic football program, for youths to participate in at very reasonable costs.

Although the Joe W. Roberts Youth Club does not directly sponsor its own football team, we encourage youths who are interested in the game, to contact Mr. Erwin Baker, by visiting the Eagles website at (Madisoneagles.org).

African Dance

The Club’s African Dance team consists of Team Dancers, who perform a variety of Historical African Dance Styles at various Performing Arts locations throughout the Metropolitan area.

Our Dance Club is committed to promoting and preserving African American Culture through musical performances, creative activities, heritage preservation and positive social engagements through our outreaching efforts with other Performing Arts Organizations.

The program has several outstanding Artistic Directors, which have provided our youths with the opportunities to explore their inner talents while providing participants with a broad range of dance styles which represent the African Diaspora.

Classes are held every Wednesday from 6:00- 7:30 p.m. at the Venice Recreation Center.

The Club provides Free Instructions, Dance Attire, Performance Equipment (drums & mats) and Transportation to all events.

The Program serves approximately 40-50 youths ranging between the ages of 4-16.

Health Fair & Back To School


The back-to-school program is held to assist in providing classroom needs and arts supplies to under-privileged children of the community.  The health fair provides the opportunity for the community to come out, and address various health concerns, and to obtain counseling relating to disease prevention.  Over 70 direct and 150 indirect clients are served annually.

The club provides children with educational needs such as backpacks, pencils, paper, crayons and other items which are needed to complete educational assignments.

Health care vendors are invited to distribute information, administer tests, and discuss symptoms and prevention methods relating to illness such as diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis, and other illnesses.

Annual Christmas Program


The annual Christmas event is held every year to provide the opportunity for citizens of the community to gather and share in the holiday spirits.

The annual Christmas event is held in conjunction with the Venice park district, and is held at the Venice recreation center.

The Joe W. Roberts youth club provides assistance in purchasing and distributing gift bags, meals, and photos with Mr. And Mrs. Santa, as well as provides entertainment and performances by the club’s African dance teams.

This program supports approximately 75 direct and 100 indirect clients.

Other Programs

Other Programs that the Club  supports: Annual Halloween Party, Annual Summer Recreation Program and the Bi-Annual Imagine Me Ball (SIUE). Approximately 100 Direct and 135 Indirect Clients are served in these programs.