The Mission encourages “boys to be boys” circa 1930s.

A key part of the Mission’s expansion is the St. Paul Boys’ Club, soon to become a staple of the Mission’s youth ministry. Built to cater to hundreds of neighborhood boys from poor homes with no access to recreational facilities, the Club invites youth to take part in wholesome activities like basketball, volleyball, band, reading and Bible studies.

Photos courtesy of the Union Gospel Mission and the Minnesota Historical Society.