Who We Are
The mission of Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston is to help young people, especially those who need us most, build strong character and realize their full potential as responsible citizens and leaders. We do this by providing: a safe haven filled with hope and opportunity, ongoing relationships with caring adults, and life-enhancing programs.
We will invest and innovate to increase the number of youth we impact.
Central to BGCB’s strategic vision is an outcomes-driven experience that helps members succeed academically, live healthy lifestyles and practice good citizenship.
- Our History
- Our Vision
- Our Finances
For nearly 125 years, we’ve been dedicated to continually developing new and better ways to make a positive impact on the children of Boston.
BGCB’s first Club was founded in Charlestown in 1893. The annual report from that year describes “carpentry, printing and painting” as the core programs for our members. Other Clubs followed in the subsequent years, and, in 1972, The Boston Foundation helped put the “girls” in the Boys & Girls Clubs by providing a $300,000, three-year grant to reach out to “special categories of youth who lack opportunities for appealing programs.” These were children who spoke Chinese or Spanish at home, lived in certain housing projects, or were girls.
The Club began admitting girls as members in 1973, and within five years, 30 percent of the children served by the Boston Clubs were female. In 1981, the Club formally changed its name to Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston and the national organization followed in 1990.
Today, BGCB operates Clubs in Dorchester, Charlestown, Chelsea, Roxbury, Mattapan, Roslindale, Jamaica Plain and South Boston. We also operate YouthConnect, in partnership with the Boston Police Department, and Camp Harbor View on Long Island in the Boston Harbor in partnership with the Camp Harbor View Foundation. In total, we serve nearly 16,000 children and teens, addressing crucial youth development needs in the areas of education, the arts, life skills, leadership and character development, technology, and sports, fitness and recreation.
Charlestown Club opens
Date of Incorporation: March 15, 1899
Roxbury Club opens
South Boston Club opens
Girls are admitted to all Clubs as full members, and the organization’s name is changed to Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston.
Chelsea Club opens in the Innes Housing Development.
Charlestown celebrates 100 years of service.
Blue Hill Club/George Robert White Youth Development Center opens in Dorchester at the corner of Talbot and Blue Hill Avenue.
YouthConnect (known as Youth Service Providers Network at the time) is established at the District B-3 Mattpan/Dorchester police district; soon, a citywide presence is established in police stations across the city.
First U.S. community-based Computer Clubhouse opens at the Blue Hill Club.
Ansin Youth Center opens at renovated Charlestown Club.
With funding from The Boston Foundation and Edmund N. and Ronald M. Ansin, BGCB adds social workers at its Clubs.
Chelsea Club moves to a new facility and is renamed Gerald and Darlene Jordan Club/Kraft Family Youth Center.
Keane Children’s Center opens at Charlestown Club.
BGCB assumes management of the Club at the Dearborn Middle School in Roxbury.
Blue Hill Club/George Robert White Youth Development Center celebrates 10 years of serving the community.
Roxbury Club reopens following a one-year renovation and expansion to serve 300 additional members and is renamed Yawkey Club of Roxbury.
Blue Hill Club/George Robert White Youth Development Center undergoes renovation and expansion to serve 200 additional members.
BGCB opens Club at Condon Elementary School in South Boston.
BGCB selected to manage new Camp Harbor View on Boston Harbor’s Long Island, which provides summer camp experiences to 600 children annually.
BGCB opens Club at the Charles Sumner Elementary School in Roslindale.
BGCB begins implementation of strategic plan, developed with pro-bono support from Bain & Company, which calls for investment in innovation and impact to double the number of youth served at the point of impact.
BGCB successfully completes a $100 million Comprehensive Campaign, funding Club renovations in Roxbury and Dorchester, allowing us to serve hundreds more youth; providing multi-year operating support to keep our Clubs accessible and affordable; and building an endowment to help ensure long-term financial stability.
Despite a tough economy and related budget cuts, BGCB serves 14,000 children and teens and launches several new initiatives to increase impact on youth, all within a previously established framework for growth. In November, BGCB opens the Franklin Hill Club – its 10th Club, a Shared-Space Club at the Franklin Hill Housing Development.
BGCB celebrates 100 years of service to the Roxbury community.
BGCB opens Orchard Gardens Club at the Orchard Gardens Community Center and relocates Dearborn Club staff and membership to this new facility.
BGCB opens the Hennigan Club at the James W. Hennigan Elementary School in Jamaica Plain, allowing BGCB to serve an additional 100 youth.
BGCB opens the Mattapan Teen Center at the site of the renovated former Mattapan Library. .
BGCB completes the renovation of the South Boston Club, reopening as the Edgerley Family South Boston Club.
BGCB renames the Blue Hill Club the Berkshire Partners Blue Hill Club in honor of the long-standing and ongoing commitment of individuals at Berkshire Partners.
In our 2016 Annual Report, “Opening Doors,” we invite you to read about some of the many opportunities that we provide to our members every day, and how their lives are changed in both small and large ways as a result. We hope these stories will inspire you.
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