Since 1995, Berkshire Partners Blue Hill Club has established itself as a welcoming, reliable safe haven for youth in Dorchester and surrounding communities. The 30,000 square foot facility features a state-of-the-art greenhouse pool, a fully equipped music production room, a dedicated teen center to receive college support and career guidance, and more.
To celebrate the Club’s 20th anniversary and to recognize Berkshire Partners’ long-standing commitment and financial support, the Club was renamed Berkshire Partners Blue Hill Club in 2016. The Berkshire Partners Endowment Fund supports day-to-day operating costs and ensures the long-term stability and success of the Club.
Led by Executive Director Carl Thompson, the Club serves approximately 1,000 members annually, plus hundreds of neighboring youth through community outreach.
Founded on March 11, 1893, Charlestown Club is Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston’s first Club, and one of the oldest in the nation. Originally named The Bunker Hill Boys Club, the Club has become a longstanding hallmark of the Charlestown community. Through Tri-Club, the Charlestown, South Boston, and Roxbury Clubs hosted integrated programming across the city in the mid ‘70s, allowing youth of every background to have a home away from home.
Once serving just 38 local boys, our Charlestown Club evolved to serve approximately 1,000 members annually, plus hundreds of neighboring youth through community outreach. Led by Executive Director Derek Gallagher, a second-generation member and Charlestown Club alum, the Club hosts a diverse range of programming, from floral arranging and Dungeons & Dragons to college prep courses and Junior Staff hiring opportunities for teens.
Condon Club opened in 2006 at James F. Condon Elementary School in South Boston, further solidifying Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston’s longtime partnership with Boston Public Schools.
Led by Director Ashley Quan, former Wagner Family Art Director at Berkshire Partners Blue Hill Club, Condon Club offers robust after-school programming including homework help, podcast production, cooking class, and much more for Condon Elementary School students in grades 1-6.
Edgerley Family South Boston Club opened in 1941 as Boys Clubs of Boston’s third facility through a game changing gift from former Board member Charles Hayden’s Hayden Foundation. Further expanding the organization’s community impact, the Club has solidified itself as a neighborhood staple for generations of South Boston youth. In 1981, the South Boston, Roxbury, Charlestown Clubs integrated with neighboring Girls Clubs to become Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston—the first Boys & Girls Club in the country.
In 2015, South Boston Club was renamed Edgerley Family South Boston Club to celebrate Sandy Edgerley and her husband Paul’s outstanding leadership and financial commitment. Today, led by Executive Director Harry Duvall, the Club is known for its community traditions, like its decades-old St. Patrick’s Day 5K Road Race and Luncheon, and its robust visual and performing arts programs, offered to approximately 1,000 members annually.
Franklin Hill Club opened in 2009 at the Franklin Hill Housing Development in Dorchester, symbolizing Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston’s dedication to community impact beyond its members.
Led by Director Ashley Simpson, an alum and former staff of Berkshire Partners Blue Hill Club, Franklin Hill Club offers an array of after-school programming including gardening, art class, one-on-one tutoring, and more.
Since 1993, Gerald and Darlene Jordan Club has offered rich, engaging programs for young people in Chelsea. The Chelsea Club was first led in the Innes Housing Development and then Chelsea High School by Josh Kraft, who would go on to become Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston’s Nicholas President and CEO for more than 12 years.
In 2001, Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston renovated a nearby warehouse, and the Chelsea Club became Gerald and Darlene Jordan Club, so named for Gerald and Darlene’s dedicated financial commitment and Board leadership.
Led by Kraft Family Executive Director Gina Centrella, the Club serves approximately 1,100 members and celebrates its leading community presence and an array of programming, including its Breakfast Series, founded in 1994 to connect community members with local political and business leaders, further cementing Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston’s collaborative relationships with community changemakers in the Commonwealth and beyond.
Opened in 2014 in a renovated Boston Public Library, Josh Kraft Mattapan Teen Center is Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston’s premiere model for teen programming and outreach, and the organization’s only site dedicated to programming for members ages 13-18.
Led by Director Rick Aggeler, the Club has become a hub for young adults to gain mentorship, friendships, and career pathways. As the former Director of Operations at Berkshire Partners Blue Hill Club, Aggeler used his music background to launch the music program into a hallmark program area across our sites. Josh Kraft Mattapan Teen Center boasts state-of-the-art recording studios, instruments, and private lessons in addition to tutoring, fashion design club, career advice, and more.
Orchard Gardens Club opened in 2010 at the former Orchard Gardens Community Center, a dedicated site working in tandem with the nearby Orchard Gardens School and neighboring communities in Roxbury.
Led by Director Russ Lamberti, Orchard Gardens Club is known for connecting local business leaders and professional athletes with talented staff to create high-quality, diverse after-school programming for its 200+ members.
Since 1910, Yawkey Club of Roxbury has built a legacy of groundbreaking youth programming for young people in Roxbury and surrounding neighborhoods. Once named The Roxbury Boys Club, the Club merged with our Charlestown Club in 1925 to become Boys Clubs of Boston, a rapidly growing, wide-reaching organization which created stronger programming and better opportunities for youth. To this day, community partnership and collaboration remains a priority for Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston.
In 2006, the Club completed an $8 million renovation and expansion to accommodate its growing membership, and was renamed Yawkey Club of Roxbury in recognition of the Yawkey Foundation’s generous and longstanding commitment to Roxbury’s youth. Under the leadership of Executive Director Andrea Swain, a Roxbury Club alum, Yawkey Club of Roxbury serves more than 1,100 members annually through its trademark programs—everything from travelling swim team and annual member art festivals to a dedicated College Pathways Manager advises teens and alumni on applications, test taking, obtaining degrees, and more.
Founded in 1996, YouthConnect is Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston’s violence prevention program, a collaboration with Boston Police Department to advocate for our city’s most at-risk young people. Licensed clinical social workers embedded in police stations throughout our communities offer free, voluntary, confidential support for family stability, building trusted and dependable relationships, and breaking the juvenile recidivism cycle.
Since its inception, the program, led by Executive Director Kevan Barton, has offered advocacy support to 17,000 members.
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