Thank you all so much for your generous donations and contributions to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester, Inc. I couldn't be more grateful to run the 2020 Boston Marathon for an organization who's priority and commitment is supporting and encouraging future generations!
I am honored to be participating in The 2020 Boston Marathon for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester.
Teaming up with the club perfectly combines my passion for inspiring young people with my hobby of running. Since I can remember, I assisted my irish dance teacher in class. Helping her teach techniques and new material to other dancers. While in college I continued to teach dance and started substitute teaching at an elementery school, as a one on one aid to special need students and subbing for full classes. I currently teach Irish dance where my passion for supporting, teaching, and encouraging young people to reach their full potential began.
During my months of training and fundraising I plan to volunteer during the clubs scheduled programs and maybe even show them a few dance moves! Thank you to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester for allowing me to represent all of your hard work and inspiring efforts. I look forward to many years of new and exciting opportunities with the clubs.
Thank you all so much for your kindness and support throughout my journey! Huge thank you to my friend Brian Doherty for introducing me to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester and encouraging me every step of the way!
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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. Their 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.
They provide a safe haven to over 4,000 youth of all abilities annually. Their 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. The clubs opperate 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.