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
youth in need still lack after-school
programs in communities served
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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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
of operating budget comes
from private donations.
n Sustain innovative core
n Build an endowment
that ensures long-term
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
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
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
BGCB Social Workers serving
in police districts and citywide
units in Boston
Camp Harbor View
Operated by BGCB
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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
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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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
“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
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
Center (CLC) at the
King Middle School
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
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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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
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
children and teens annually.
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:
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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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.”
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
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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
Board of directors
Sandra M. Edgerley
Chair of the Board
Myra Hiatt Kraft
Jeffrey F. Jones
Immediate Past Chair
Nicholas President and CEO
Brian M. Barefoot
Jeffrey C. Bloomberg
Michael E. Bronner
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
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
Cleve L. Killingsworth
Brian J. Knez
Michael A. Krupka
Thomas E. Lawson
John D. Macomber
Christopher J. McKown
William L. McMahon
Brian T. Moynihan
Thomas J. Niedermeyer, Jr.
J. Garrett Parker, Jr.
Laura C. Reynolds
Paul J. Rooney
Helen Chin Schlichte
Mary Etta Schneider
John D. Spooner
R. Gregg Stone
Richard A. Voke, Esq.
Frank V. Wisneski, Jr.
Jane M. Wolchonok
Stephen G. Woodsum
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
Rodger P. Nordblom
Kevin C. Phelan
John P. Weitzel
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