The economic crisis due to COVID-19 has deeply affected Boys & Girls Club Dorchester and the community we serve. BGCD has always navigated in times of tragedy and crisis with families to provide a safe place for their children and we will remain committed to ensuring our families have the resources they need. During the spring, BGCD quickly pivoted by providing daily virtual programming, family check ins, groceries, diapers, infant formula, mental health support and much more. BGCD refuses to be defined by the circumstances of the world and chooses to be inspired by the strength of the Dorchester community. We reopened our doors in July to provide in-person programming for children (at a reduced capacity) because we know how vital it is.
“Back to School” looks different this year. Boston Public Schools will begin the year with a learning model that is fully “remote” for all students. The school closures during the pandemic took a disproportionate toll on our children and all kids living in low-income neighborhoods. The majority of the families we serve work outside of the home, need child care during the day and do not have internet access. In response to the needs of our families, and to increase equitable learning opportunities during these times, BGCD will expand our programming to include learning clusters. Learning Clusters will provide safe, supportive and supervised spaces for students to participate in during their virtual classes. Healthy meals, enrichment, gross motor, social emotional and outdoor programming will be offered as part of the program. The Learning Clusters require financial support, creativity, change in hours of operation, new furniture, materials for each individual child, technology, reconfiguration of space, and change in the roles of staff.
How can you help? A donation made today will directly link programming and resources to our kids. Your support will allow us to continue to provide innovative and exceptional programming. Please consider making a monthly contribution. Your ongoing support supplies a steady stream of income so the Club can sustain the services provided to our families.
Our three clubhouses are places for Dorchester’s young people to learn, explore talents, play and make friends.
Drop-In Membership includes a rotation of after-school activities with an open-door policy for all members, for only $5 per year. Programming in education, healthy lifestyles, character & leadership, and Safe Summer Streets, with an emphasis on social-emotional learning.
Early Education serves children as young as 8 weeks in a year-round educational setting that continues through Kindergarten.
School-Aged Care is our more structured option for after-school care.
In addition to after-school rotations, every member is invited to register for Evening Enrichment Programs that focus on a specific academic or physical activity, like athletics, swimming, art, music, and more. We offer over 200 programs.
Healthy meals are included in membership, and we serve more than 300 meals per night during the school year and over 700 meals per day during our summer months.
We encourage the educational and social enrichment of children with special needs through Project B.I.N.D. (Boston Inclusion Network for Disabilities).
Established in 1974 as the Colonel Daniel Marr Boys Club, Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester is dedicated to making a positive impact on the youth and their families in our community. Inside our three clubhouses we are a place for Dorchester’s young people to learn, explore talents, play and make friends. Today, as always, our members between ages five and 18 have access to 200+ activities for just $5 a year.