Be our heroes and support our 2020 Marathon Team!
In light of the Covid-19 outbreak and the devestating effect that this pandemic has had on our Clubs and families, it more important than ever to help us continue our work. We are so grateful for our BGCD Marathon Team for thier heroic efforts!
Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester is an award-winning youth development agency that has provided outstanding services to Boston’s inner city youth for more than 45 years. Our mission is to inspire and enable all young people, from diverse circumstances, to realize their full potential by providing opportunities for personal growth to become contributing, caring and responsible members of the community.
We provide a safe haven to over 4,000 youth of all abilities annually. Our programming supports youth from infancy to high school graduation to ensure they enter kindergarten school-ready, progress from grade to grade on time, and graduate high school ready to enroll in a post-secondary program. We operate three sites and offer over 200 out-of-school programs year-round in the areas of education, college and career prep, art, music, film, character and leadership development, health and life skills, athletics, aquatics, and social recreation. While the yearly cost of our services is $1,900 per child, members pay just $5 in annual membership dues, with scholarships available to those in need.
Here are some highlights of our programming:
Through our Healthy Meals Program, we serve free, nutritious meals to more than 1,000 children annually. Our kitchen serves breakfast, lunch and dinner five days per week year-round.
During July and August, our Safe Summer Streets Program brings over 300 at-risk teens into a safe, positive environment which offers job opportunities, drop-in activities, field trips, and free time with friends. We extend our operating hours until 11:00PM five nights per week and give participants a ride home at the end of the night.
Project B.I.N.D (Boston Inclusion Network for Disabilities) is an agency-wide initiative to foster the inclusion of children of all abilities in Club programs.
As part of our focus on strengthening families, empowering women and disrupting the cycle of poverty, last year BGCD established the LIFT (Lifting Individuals and Families Together) Program which assists families in reaching financial goals through meaningful coaching.