Our Mission - Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston


Our Mission - Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston


to do more

Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston enables children who live in neighborhoods marked by poverty, crime, drug use

and high teenage pregnancy rates to develop hope for the future. We help them stay safe, we guide them to

say no to negative behaviors, and we help them dream of a better life and make plans to accomplish those

dreams. Countless members and alumni say that the work that Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston has been doing

for 114 years is life changing. We are enormously proud that 95% of our current teen members report that

they are hopeful about the future, compared with 62%* of all Boston teens. We know that youth who have

hope will make better choices, and that will make communities safer for all of us. When you invest in a child,

you inspire a future.

We currently serve more than 13,000 children and teens in Boston and Chelsea, and thousands more

need us. Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston’s unprecedented Comprehensive Campaign to raise $100 million by

June 2008 is a bold but necessary step if we are to reach more children and teens who could benefit from

what our Clubs have to offer, today and for generations to come. With a goal of increasing membership by

25% over five years, and with 85% of our annual operating budget coming from private donations, we need

your investment more urgently than ever.

*2004 Boston Youth Survey


of BGCB member families

report annual household

income of under $23K.

“One thing that really impresses me

about Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston

is how they stay focused on helping

boys and girls have a better life.

A lot of their members have no

one else in their lives to help them.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston staff,

which is second to none, gives

those kids the help they need.

To me, it is the most effective

youth program in the city. I always

challenge them about programs

we should have for young people

because I know they will meet

that challenge and help make

Boston a better city.

− Mayor Thomas M. Menino, City of Boston

nearly 20,000

youth in need still lack after-school

programs in communities served

by BGCB.

Source: Bain & Company

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the club inspires


When I was six years old, my mother made a decision that has had a tremendous impact on my life.

That decision was to sign me up for the Charlestown Boys & Girls Club.

My parents got divorced when I was very young. As a single parent, my mother worked hard to provide for

my brother and me, but she found herself working long hours to make ends meet. She could not be home

to pick us up from school and help us with our homework, so she signed us up for the Club.

The Club was a place for me to have fun, make friends and learn new things. As I got older, the Club played

a more crucial role in my life. Charlestown is plagued by drugs, and by the time I was a teenager, many of

my former friends had fallen victim to this epidemic. I could have easily gone down the wrong path had it

not been for the Club. The Club staff worked hard to make sure that none of its members would make that

mistake. While many of my former friends spent their nights on the street corners, I spent mine going on

field trips with the Club to the movies, laser tag or snow tubing.

Besides the Club, no one has ever pressured me to do well in school or participate in extra-curricular

activities. I have become very self-driven because of the Club.

I am proud to say that I will be the first member of my immediate family to attend college. My whole

life I have watched my mother struggle to give my brother and me a good life. She did not receive a post-

secondary education, and because of this, she has had to work long hours at low wages throughout her life.

College will give me the skills I will need to obtain a good job and be able to give back to people who are

less fortunate than I. Even with all the things I was not able to do because of my financial situation, I am

somewhat glad that I did not grow up with much. Now I know the value of a dollar and I realize how the

smallest acts of kindness can impact someone’s life.

Whatever job I have in the future, I plan on living near a Boys & Girls Club so that my children can have

the ‘Club Experience,’ and so that I can volunteer my time and give financial support to the organization

that has given me so much.

The Club is more than just a place to spend my time. It is my home.

Without it, I do not know where I would be.

Nicole (opposite page, far right), age 18, attends Boston Latin Academy and will graduate

in the top 10% of her class. She is a member of the National Honor Society and was named

the 2007 Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston Youth of the Year.

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comprehensive campaign


Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston has embarked on a Comprehensive Campaign to ensure that youth like Nicole

will always find safety, acceptance and the opportunity to learn new skills at a local Boys & Girls Club.

To do this, we must remain accessible and affordable, and open our doors to more children and teens.

The Campaign aims to raise $100 million by June 2008 to:

n Increase membership 25%

over the life of the Campaign

(across all current locations

and our Youth Service

Providers Network)

nearly 85%

of operating budget comes

from private donations.

n Sustain innovative core


n Build an endowment

that ensures long-term

financial security

10% to 15%

of operating budget will come from

endowment income after the close of

the Campaign, compared with just

2% at the start.

n Expand facilities in

Roxbury and Dorchester

to accommodate growth

where the need is greatest

just 4%

of our budget comes from

membership fees, reflecting

our commitment to keep Clubs

affordable and accessible.

In the thick of the tragedy, the focus, both in terms of

public attention, but also in terms of resources, can

be on responding....But it takes time to create these

situations, and we’ve got to deal with prevention and

put our resources into the 6, 7 and 8-year-olds if we

really want to prevent violence.

Dr. Deborah Prothrow-Stith,

Director of Programs, Youth Violence Prevention Center,

Harvard School of Public Health

Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston Locations


Charlestown Club

Keane Children’s Center

Ansin Youth Center


Gerald and Darlene Jordan Club

Kraft Family Youth Center

* Community Learning Center


Blue Hill Club

George Robert White

Youth Development Center

King Middle School*


Mattahunt Elementary School*

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Bates Elementary School*

(through June 2007)


Yawkey Club of Roxbury

Dearborn Middle School*


South Boston Club

Condon Elementary School


Youth Service Providers

Network (YSPN)

BGCB Social Workers serving

in police districts and citywide

units in Boston

Camp Harbor View

Operated by BGCB

(summer 2007)

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55% of


live in a single-parent household, and 7%

live with an adult other than a parent.

“I just turned 18, and I have been coming to the Club since I was 8 years old. I found out about the

Club through my aunt − I lived with her and my grandmother because both of my parents were

involved with drugs.

“The Club is my home away from home. I can relax here if things are stressful at home. If there’s a problem,

and I’m going through a bad time, I can talk to Kate, the Club’s teen director, and she calms me down and

gives me advice.

“I hope to go to the University of Hartford in the fall to study to be an entrepreneur. I want to own my

own business someday, maybe a bakery. I know I would have gone to college no matter what, but I

wouldn’t have applied as early as I did, and may not have gotten in. The Club pushed us all to apply

to college. Each Club member had to apply to at least one school or the staff wouldn’t leave them alone!

“The most important thing about the Club, to me, is that it’s a place where we can get off the streets.

The Club was a safety net for me because I always had a place to go. I could be in the gym or use the

computers, so I never had time to get bored, which is when you get into trouble. Kids here who don’t

go to the Club drink and do drugs, especially the little kids, 12 or 13 years old. They won’t do stuff like

that if they have somewhere positive to go.

“When I’m away at school, I will miss the people at the Club the most. All of my friends are here.

But I’m looking forward to coming back during school breaks, to help out or just to visit. I want to

stay involved with the Club because I needed someone to be there for me and there are so many

kids who are like me who need that.”

– Savannah, South Boston Club Member

inspired by

our mission

52% of


report that being at a Club “saved my life.”

Source: Boys & Girls Clubs of America alumni survey

The most effective part of being a Club member is knowing that

after school you have a safe place to go. If you look at members’

expressions as they walk through those doors, especially teens,

you can almost see the relief that they know they’re safe.

Also, you see their love for being in a place where they can

connect with other youth and adults about challenges and

accomplishments in life. Or they just come to have fun.

André, age 18, Blue Hill Club member

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invested in

serving youth

With 114 years of rich history, Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston maintains its commitment to local youth,

especially those from disadvantaged circumstances. Our focus on helping youth become productive

and responsible citizens is as strong today as it was when our first Club opened in a Charlestown

storefront in 1893.

We no longer offer programs in “carpentry, printing and painting,” as described in our first annual

report in 1894, because we have embraced change through the decades to keep up with evolving

youth development needs. Today, Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston serves more than 13,000 youth through

effective programs in education, the arts, life skills, leadership and character development, technology,

and sports, fitness and recreation. Members learn today’s life skills such as technology, public speaking,

resume writing, cooking, organizing community service projects, and more.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston is important because it builds

leadership, and leadership is what we need. Our children

represent 30 percent of our population, but they represent

100 percent of the future.

Massachusetts State Senator Jack Hart

Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston Milestones

1893 Charlestown Club opens.

1910 Roxbury Club opens.

1938 South Boston Club opens.

1981 Girls are admitted as

full members – first in

the nation – and the

organization’s name is

changed to Boys & Girls

Clubs of Boston.

1993 Chelsea Club opens

in the Innes Housing




happen routinely, everyday,

in each of our Clubs.

Our innovative approach has led to in-Club social workers who provide

counseling and advocacy for youth experiencing emotional challenges

or family and personal crises.

Like his colleagues at our other Clubs, Lead Social Worker Sam Healy

conducts individual assessments and offers counseling, staff support,

and direct work with families, schools, and related agencies. Sam

joined Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston’s staff in 1999.

Lead Social Worker Sam Healy, based at our Jordan Club in Chelsea, knows how to help youth who are

struggling. Having worked with families and youth for 20 years, he sees the repetition of loss in their lives.

“This kind of trauma is devastating to kids,” he says.

“Losses that are so common in so many of these kids’ lives can’t help but shape the way they see the

world − as an unsafe, unpredictable place. Our job is to help them to see opportunities instead of failure.

When a Club poetry night inspires a young man to read a poem he wrote about being raised by a single

father, that is magic.

“When I first interviewed for the job, the staff were operating out of an old locker room and weight

room in the basement of a high school built almost 100 years ago. Staff are the Club, and it’s incredible

to see the strong, caring relationships that have grown between the staff and members. But I have

been able to see the importance our new facility makes, from having a state-of-the-art technology

center, to quiet areas for homework and tutoring, to a separate teen center. This beautiful Club

not only allows us to implement our programs effectively, but it creates a sense of belonging for

our members.

“Having worked in other organizations, I’ve seen how some agencies can lose focus.

My experience with Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston is just the opposite. The organization

has stayed focused on mission and, I think, grown in effectiveness in serving youth.

The leadership is a big part of it.

“Special connections happen routinely, everyday, in each of our Clubs.

I am humbled, honored and truly grateful to be a part of this organization.”

1995 Blue Hill Club /

George Robert White Youth

Development Center

opens in Dorchester at

the corner of Talbot Avenue

and Blue Hill Avenue.

1996 Youth Service Providers

Network (YSPN) is

established at the

District B-3 Mattapan/

Dorchester police district,

and soon establishes a

presence across the city.

The first U.S. community-

based Computer Clubhouse

opens at the Blue Hill Club.

1999 Ansin Youth Center opens

at the Charlestown Club.

2000 BGCB opens a

Community Learning

Center (CLC) at the

King Middle School

in Dorchester.

2001- Community Learning

2002 Centers open at the

Bates Elementary School

in Roslindale and at

the Mattahunt Elementary

School in Mattapan.

2002 Chelsea Club moves to new

facility and is renamed the

Gerald and Darlene Jordan Club.

Kraft Family Youth Center

opens at the Jordan Club.

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2003 Keane Children’s Center

opens at the Charlestown Club.

2005 Community Learning Center

at the Dearborn Middle School

in Roxbury joins BGCB.

2006 Roxbury Club reopens to

serve 30% more children

and teens following $8 million

renovation and is renamed

Yawkey Club of Roxbury.

2007 BGCB assumes

management of the after-

school program at the

Condon Elementary

School in South Boston.

BGCB is selected to operate

Camp Harbor View when it

opens for its first summer.

Nicholas President and CEO Linda Whitlock

and Board Chair Sandra Edgerley with Club

members in the performing arts center at the

renovated Yawkey Club

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we deepen

our impact

by leveraging the expertise of more than

50 organizations, including the MFA,

Boston Center for Community & Justice,

and MIT Media Lab.

Tim has been a member of BGCB’s South Boston Club since he was 6 years old. Six of his seven

siblings have been Club members, and the youngest will be joining when he turns 6 years old next year.

While his younger siblings spend every afternoon at the Club, Tim is an older teen who, until recently,

was only coming sporadically. Club staff had heard that he was spending time with a “bad” crowd, and

was at risk for drug use, violence and other street crime. Tim says, “Growing up in Southie and around

the projects, basically everyone I know who doesn’t go to the Club is into drugs or gangs or something.”

Things changed for Tim when the South Boston Club opened its new music studio. Made possible by

a donation from the Smith Family Foundation, the studio houses state-of-the-art equipment, including a

powerful computer, a condenser microphone, a keyboard, an audio mixer and various musical software

programs. The Club’s experienced Technology Director is there to show Club members how to use the

equipment, and to encourage their creativity. Tim, who discovered the studio not long after it opened,

now rushes to the Club every day after school to ensure a spot on the sign-up schedule. For Tim and

thousands like him, there are special opportunities for learning and inspiration that are available only

at the Boys & Girls Club.

inspired to make

a difference

Our long-term support for Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston

has been focused on ensuring that the talented Club staff

have the resources they need to provide programming that

is innovative, effective, and appealing to members. When

we visit the Clubs, we see how our investment is truly

changing lives every day.

Debra and Brian Knez, Dana and Robert Smith

Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation

we serve


children and teens annually.

we provide

2,500 meals

weekly at three Clubs through

our partnership with The Greater

Boston Food Bank.

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Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston offers an exciting preview of the future of our community,

turning these wonderful young people into a new generation of leaders. If you ever

ask yourself what you can do to make a real difference in the world, here is a great

opportunity—Help Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston to flourish.

Paul S. Grogan

President and CEO of the Boston Foundation

Beacon of Hope in Roxbury

94% of members

say they feel safe

at the Club,

The Campaign, while still underway, is already making a difference in the lives of children and families

in Roxbury. Our renovated, state-of-the-art facility reopened in September 2006 as the Yawkey Club of

Roxbury. It now offers 44,000 square feet of program space (including The Smith Family Teen Center and new

YSPN offices), main entrance, elevator, industrial kitchen, fitness room, performing arts center, and more. This

Club can now serve an additional 300 young people in a more inviting and safe space in the community.

1910 1968 2006

Yawkey Club teen member Bismark, 14, used Adobe Photoshop at the Club to crop, feather, and render three archival

images to chronicle the evolution of the Boys & Girls Club in Roxbury.

Stemming the Tide of Violence in Dorchester

A smaller-scale renovation is currently underway at our Blue Hill Club on Talbot Avenue in Dorchester,

where violence on the street continues to claim young lives. Critical to our success is the creation of an

expanded teen center where even rival gang members can come together in peace, as they did during

the Club’s summer 2006 extended hours.

Other improvements, including enclosing the pool to facilitate a year-round aquatics program,

upgrading to a commercial kitchen, and adding a performing arts center and fitness room, will allow

the Club to serve 200 additional members.

The Campaign’s Broad Impact

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while 78% report dangerous gang activities in

their neighborhood and 62% report dangerous

gang activities in their school.

The successful completion of the Campaign will allow us to increase total membership to serve

more at-risk youth, especially teens, pre-teens and girls. It also will allow us to deepen our impact

with current members.

The Campaign helped establish the President’s Innovation Fund, which encourages staff to develop

innovative projects that support our mission. Proposals are evaluated based on the level of innovation,

depth and breadth of impact, cost effectiveness and potential for replication, and $15,000 is allocated

annually to fund the selected initiatives. In 2005-06, 15 grants were awarded for activities including

gang prevention, community service, debate club, performing arts programming and technology, among

other areas of focus.

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in a child

The Campaign: Raising $100 million for our kids,

our city, our future

Endowment: $30 million to provide a permanent

source of revenue to ensure future programs

n Ensure long-term financial security by providing

10-15% of operating revenue

Facilities: $15 million to ensure quality Clubs

in Roxbury and Dorchester and to serve more youth

n Expand facilities to accommodate growth

Inspire a Future

Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston’s Comprehensive Campaign has begun to make a difference in our ability to

serve the youth of Boston and Chelsea, but there is much still to accomplish. Please consider joining the

nearly 150 donors who already have made a special commitment to this unprecedented effort, and the

thousands more who have supported our annual fund during the Campaign. Here are some of the many

ways that you can make a difference:

Current Use

Underwrite new program staff positions − including Aquatics Director and Teen Staff − that allow us to

serve more members made possible by the renovations at the Blue Hill Club and Yawkey Club of Roxbury.

Support transportation services that allow our members to travel safely between the Club and their homes.

Support our teen programs, including outreach to new members who need us most.


Fund individual Club memberships.

Underwrite a social work position for our nationally renowned YSPN program to expand its work with

high-risk youth and their families.

Sustain a program fund that supports one of our six core programs, ensuring our legacy of innovation

in serving youth.


Multi-Year Operating Support: $55 million to

ensure continuation of critical core programs

n Remain accessible and affordable, and

open our doors to more children and teens

n Sustain innovative core programming

n Grow membership by 25% annually

(across all Clubs and partnership

programs), and deepen impact by

increasing attendance frequency

Name the new pool at the Blue Hill Club, which will enable year-round swim instruction for the first time

since the facility opened in 1996.

Name the new kitchen at the Blue Hill Club, which will enhance our ability to serve healthy dinners

to our members.

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Honorary Chairs

Pete and Ginny Nicholas “We are deeply inspired by this wonderful organization and its visionary leader, Linda

Whitlock, whose passion for excellence and concern for our city’s children is so evident in everything she does. It

has been a privilege to help the Comprehensive Campaign bring awareness and sustainability to Boys & Girls Clubs

of Boston and its critical mission. Those of us who are fortunate enough to be in the position to give back, need to

invest in our city and its future. We must send a message to young people, especially those who are at risk, that

they matter and that we will help them stay on the right path towards success.”

Campaign Co-Chairs

Jonathan and Margot Davis “We’ve watched Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston deliver on its mission time and again

as Club members grow up to be confident and motivated teens who are successful in school and involved in

community service and extra-curricular activities. Many of these kids face incredible challenges, yet they are

hopeful about their future because of the steady guidance provided by the talented and caring staff. It is an

incredible feeling to know you are truly changing a young person’s life. Our investment is making a real difference.”

Darlene and Gerald Jordan “From our personal perspectives (Jerry was a member of the Lynn Boys Club and

Darlene worked with troubled youth as an assistant district attorney), we know that limited access to resources

and positive influences can have a tremendous impact on kids, but we cannot allow these circumstances to define

who they will become. We feel a responsibility to help mold these young lives to become the community leaders of

tomorrow. Through this Campaign, we can have a real impact on BGCB’s ability to deliver on its mission today and

for generations to come.”

Myra and Robert Kraft “Despite all of the issues these kids face every day, when you see them in the Clubs

making the right choices, growing up with confidence and planning for the future, you understand the important

role of the staff and the Club in their lives. We can think of no better investment than the future of a child, and

we are proud to continue to support Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston in its passionate and effective work on behalf

of so many deserving children.”

Stephen Woodsum and Anne Lovett “We really enjoy being at a Club when the school bus drops kids off. They

come running into the Club, all smiles and full of energy, so excited to be there. When you know that so many of

these youngsters otherwise would be going home to an empty house after school, you understand the essential

place Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston has in so many young lives. There are many other youth service organizations

in Boston, but none offers the full spectrum of programs, century of experience, or talented leadership of Boys &

Girls Clubs of Boston.”

Ginny and Pete


Margot and Jonathan


Gerald and Darlene


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Robert and Myra


Stephen Woodsum and

Anne Lovett

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Our Mission

The mission of Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston (BGCB) is to help boys and girls, generally

from disadvantaged circumstances, develop the qualities needed to become responsible

citizens and leaders. To achieve this, we offer a variety of program activities and support

services designed to assist in the educational, emotional, physical and social development

of 6 to 18-year-olds, without regard to social, racial, ethnic, or religious background. For

an annual membership fee of just $25 ($5 for teens), youth participate in core programs

focusing on education; technology; the arts; sports, fitness and recreation; life skills and

leadership development.

Board of directors

Sandra M. Edgerley

Chair of the Board

Myra Hiatt Kraft

Chair Emerita

Jeffrey F. Jones

Immediate Past Chair

Linda Whitlock

Nicholas President and CEO

Brian M. Barefoot

Jeffrey C. Bloomberg

Michael E. Bronner

Emily Brown

Michele Courton Brown

Joseph P. Campanelli

Michael L. Carson

Lilian Cheung, D.Sc.

Laurence S. Chud, M.D.

John M. Connors, Jr.

Jonathan G. Davis

David P. Fialkow

Susan E. Florence

Mohammed Fotouhi

Ruthanne Fuller

Donna Hazard

Sean M. Healey

Peggy H. Henry

Ronald A. Homer

Joseph L. Hooley

Weston Howland III

Ogden M. Hunnewell

Durant A. Hunter

Chris A. Hynes

David E. Johnson

Darlene L. Jordan

Marilyn T. Keane

Michele Kessler

Cleve L. Killingsworth

Brian J. Knez

Michael A. Krupka

Thomas E. Lawson

John D. Macomber

Christopher J. McKown

William L. McMahon

Ray Monkiewicz

Elizabeth Moore

Janice Morris

Brian T. Moynihan

Pete Nicholas

Thomas J. Niedermeyer, Jr.

J. Garrett Parker, Jr.

Randy Peeler

Bernadette Rehnert

Laura C. Reynolds

Paul J. Rooney

Helen Chin Schlichte

Mary Etta Schneider

Dana Smith

John D. Spooner

R. Gregg Stone

Richard Vitale

Richard A. Voke, Esq.

Frank V. Wisneski, Jr.

Jane M. Wolchonok

Stephen G. Woodsum


advisory Board

William W. Bain

John W. Calkins

Frederic C. Church, Jr.

Robert B. Cleary, Sr.

Casimir de Rham, Jr.

Terrence B. Gagne

John U. Harris, Jr.

Richard Harte, Jr.

Michael E. Haynes

Thomas E. Leggat

Timothy Leland

Rodger P. Nordblom

Kevin C. Phelan

John P. Weitzel

Main office

50 Congress Street

Suite 730

Boston, MA 02109

P: 617-994-4700

F: 617-994-4701

Email: info@bgcb.org


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