“Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston views summer as valuable opportunity for our young people to continue building the skills they need to succeed in today’s workforce. We view this as the most direct pathway to a prosperous and productive future for our young people and our city as a whole.”
-Robert Lewis, Jr., Nicholas President and CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston
School was out, but there was no shortage of learning and skill-building opportunities at Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston this summer. There was also no shortage of fun.
Between the organization’s eight Club locations and YouthConnect program, BGCB engaged more than 5,000 individuals. This includes providing jobs and internship opportunities for more than 500 teens, providing a safe place for more than 2,000 summer campers to connect with role models and learn life skills, engaging more than 250 alumni through networking events and employment opportunities, and reaching more than 2,000 community members, including the families of the youth we serve, through our presence in Boston and Chelsea. From field trips to innovative workshops, BGCB created a safe, engaging space for local kids.
“Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston views summer as valuable opportunity for our young people to continue building the skills they need to succeed in today’s workforce,” explained Robert Lewis, Jr., Nicholas President and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston. “We view this as the most direct pathway to a prosperous and productive future for our young people and our city as a whole.”
Club member in Technology Lab
Ready to Work Fellows on a field trip to First Republic Bank
Club alumni at annual Alumni Soiree
On the career readiness front, BGCB’s Ready to Work initiative placed 42 teens in paid summer internships with employers like Boston Children’s Hospital and Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. BGCB provided over 500 teens with hands-on job experience to develop real-world skills. The YouthConnect team secured 37 summer jobs for their clients through partnerships with city programs.
Ready to Work Fellows on a field trip to BlackRock
To promote academic success, BGCB incorporated daily tutoring and educational workshops into summer programming. Younger members strengthened literacy skills through reading activities. Older teens engaged in public speaking exercises and research projects. Field trips to places like the Edward M. Kennedy Institute reinforced critical thinking and teamwork.
Health and Wellness
The health and wellness of members was also prioritized. BGCB served over 100,000 nutritious meals and snacks across all clubs. Through a teen feeding initiative in Partnership with BJ’s called “Fuel Zone,” two clubs provided healthy breakfasts and lunches. Three nurses supported summer camps by treating injuries and illnesses while educating staff. Teen Associates led recreational activities to model positive choices. Over 580 family members participated in BGCB wellness events and resources.
Club teen with Director Rick Aggeler
Club teens in their Club’s Music Studio
Club members at summer camp
Positive relationships that will last
This summer culminated in the 24th annual Unity Games basketball tournament co-hosted by BGCB and other local Clubs. Over 60 teens played alongside police officers, enjoying camaraderie through sports. Other highlights included teen social events that drew over 125 youth per night and engaging field trips to museums, beaches, and more.
Additionally, this summer BGCB hosted two alumni events:
Alumni Summer Soiree: Alumni from all Clubs joined together for a fun-filled evening of music, dinner, and networking. The presence of the Club’s impact was surely felt in the room as alumni reminisced on their days as Club kids. Boston City Councilor Julia Mejia shared an inspiring story about resiliency, determination, and the importance of healthy relationships.
2nd Annual Alumni Backyard BBQ: This annual BBQ is an opportunity for our alumni to network, share their story, and connect with new people.
BGCB made each day of this summer meaningful for young people in Boston and Chelsea. With hands-on career exposure, academic enrichment, and health initiatives, BGCB set its members up for success in school and life. As Derek Gallagher, Executive Director of Charlestown Club put it, “Summer is a special time here where staff, members, and families can create bonds and friendships that will hopefully go on for years.”