The Thunderbirds Branch

The Thunderbirds Branch is a safe, affordable place for young people during critical non-school hours and during school breaks. We provide youth development programs that support a commitment to learning, positive values, healthy habits and high expectations for success as an adult. Professionally trained staff offer ongoing, caring relationships and connections to new friends, and reinforce a sense of belonging, personal accountability, civility, and civic responsibility.


20199 N. 78th Place
Scottsdale, AZ 85255

(480) 538-9547
Fax: 480.247.7266


Office Hours:
Monday – Friday
7:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Before-School Program:
Monday – Friday
7:00 a.m. – Start of School

After-School Program:
Monday – Friday
After School – 6:30 p.m.

Monday – Friday
7:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.


Liz Byrne – Branch Director
Allison Mertz – Youth Development Supervisor
Ariana Alvez – Teen Development Specialist
Joshua Honeycutt – Sports & Fitness Coordinator
Katie Biederman – Education Coordinator
Open Position – Art Coordinator

Contact Us


The Thunderbirds Branch proudly accepts youth from all schools. Below please find a list of some surrounding schools. Ask about which schools provide transportation.

Pinnacle Peak
Copper Ridge
Archway Scottsdale
Basis Scottsdale (Transportation NOT Provided)
Sandpiper Elementary

Copper Ridge
Mountain Trails



The Thunderbirds Branch opened its big blue doors in 2001 to meet the growing population demands in the Grayhawk and North Scottsdale communities. The Branch replaced a satellite site at Grayhawk Elementary which had been providing Boys & Girls Club programming since 1998. Proudly named after the Thunderbirds’ organization, a big supporter of the Club, the Branch provides national award winning youth programming, year round sports leagues, technology lab, art room, teen programming and more.


Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale offers teen services to members in grades 7-12. Programs are uniquely developed based on the needs and interests of the members that come through our doors. Field trips, events and programs are created to benefit teenage youth and help them grow socially and academically, while still keeping a focus on fun.