The mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest (BGCMW) is to provide social, educational, physical, and cultural programming for the boys and girls of the MetroWest area. The intent of our programs is to enhance the development of children and to prepare young adults to be responsible and productive members of the community.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest was first established in the city of Marlborough in 1944 as the Marlborough Boys Club, Inc. Over the years, the Club has grown to meet the increasing demand for quality youth services in the greater Marlborough community. In 1999, our Framingham and Hudson clubhouses were added to our organization. This year marks our 75th year serving youth throughout the MetroWest community.
As one of the largest Boys & Girls Clubs in Massachusetts, we serve more than 3,200 youth every year from the communities of Framingham, Hudson, and Marlborough. We offer a wide variety of out-of-school programming including education and technology, prevention, social, athletic, and recreation programs for only $25 per year, per child. In addition, we run the most affordable eight-week summer program in the area. We will never turn a child away because of their inability to pay.
The Club offers young people what they need and want most – adults who respect and listen to them; a safe environment where members can have fun and be themselves, constructive activities that channel youthful energy into challenging pursuits. A youth development strategy that fosters a sense of belonging, competence, usefulness, and influence underlies all Boys & Girls Clubs programs and builds self-confidence.
More than 50% of the youth that attend the Club receive some level of financial assistance. Although we only charge $25 per child, BGCMW’s annual cost per child is closer to $1,000, meaning that less than 10% of the organization’s costs are covered by member fees. The generosity of our donors ensures that every child has access to quality programs that provide the opportunity for them to reach their full potential. We are proud to be considered the premier youth organization in the MetroWest area.