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February 22, 2021

BOSTON, MA — BGCD member An V. is very talented artist. We are so proud that his delightful painting of a snowman was chosen to be displayed on Mayor Martin J. Walsh‘s 2020 Holiday Card!

In addition to having his beautiful work admired by thousands of people across the City of Boston, An had the chance to meet with Mayor Walsh and receive some special gifts.

After learning of An’s interest in Law Enforcement, Mayor Walsh was kind enough to “pin” him with a very special Boston Police Department badge! After the visit, An thanked Mayor Walsh and wished him all the best in his new role as Labor Secretary in Washington D.C..




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February 8, 2021

DORCHESTER, MA — February is Black History Month which is an annual observance originating in the United States that celebrates African- American history.

To kick off our celebration, our Front Desk staff created inspirational displays in the lobbies of our Marr and McLaughlin buildings. Each display honors past and present heroes that have paved the way for so many in our country and serve as role models for our nation. These displays serve as an educational tool for our young members to learn about their history.

Learning Hub members are also creating posters about inspirational leaders that they look up to! Each poster has a short biography, fun facts, and why the member looks up to them. Once they finished their posters, they were displayed around the Club for other members to read and learn more.

Our teen members are also posting videos on our social media every day of the month, sharing fun facts and important moments that pertain to Black history. Make sure to follow our socials to check them out! Facebook | Instagram | Twitter 

BGCD’s staff always encourage our members every day to make a difference in their community and to be the change they want to see in the world.




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January 26, 2021

DORCHESTER, MA — On January 20th, Boston 25 News visited Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester members at our Walter Denney Youth Center in the Harbor Point Point Community to talk to some young girls about what it means to them to see Kamala Harris, the nations first woman and woman of color sworn in as Vice President of the United States of America.

Seven year old BGCD member Isabella said, “She looks like me,” while twelve year old Fatoumata explained “I’m excited that she’s going to be in the office not only as a woman but as a Black woman, too.” Having our members be able to witness this piece of history encourages BGCD’s mission of inspiring young people to make a difference and aspire to have bright, successful futures.

Check out the full interview now on the Boston 25 News website here!

Members also had the chance to witness Joe Biden being sworn in as the 46th President of the United States. In 2017, Joe Biden spoke at our annual New England Women’s Leadership Awards, explaining the importance of having Boys & Girls Clubs in communities. His speech was an inspiration to members and attendees alike, telling them that young women (and men) can do whatever they put their minds to.

Check out a clip below!





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January 11, 2021

DORCHESTER, MA — January is National Mentoring Month! At Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester, we have supportive, caring staff as mentors who help our members learn, explore and grow into contributing, kind and responsible members of the community.

Help us kick off this celebration with Vice President of Programming Brendan McDonald & BGCD member Viet, as they talk about their mentor story and the importance of having a positive role model. Make sure to follow us on our socials (Facebook, Instagram & Twitter) to continue celebrating National Mentoring Month with us! You won’t want to miss hearing more impactful mentoring stories from BGCD members, staff, alumni and more.

To donate in honor of your mentor, please visit here.



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December 28, 2020

DORCHESTER, MA — It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of our friend and team member Bruce Seals. Bruce’s passing was unexpected and leaves us with a hole in our hearts that will never be filled. Bruce has been a member of our Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester family for over 30 years. He was a friend, mentor and legend to so many; Bruce was always willing to lend an ear, time and his talents with kids. Experience is something only gained with time, but a mentor provides insight and guidance. Bruce shared lessons learned, bringing humanity to problems, motivating kids to learn more and to do better. Bruce yearned to be the kind of person he needed when he was a kid. He will be missed more than words can say. Rest In Peace to our dear friend and colleague.

To contribute to the Bruce Seals Memorial Fund, please visit here.



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December 14, 2020

DORCHESTER, MA — BGCD’s Keystone Club members have resumed their Cooking Class series with Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street. This past week members made a pasta dish with a homemade sauce. There will be one more class for the fall session before we kick off a 4-week series in the late Winter.

Thanks to our long-time partner Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street for offering these classes in the virtual setting, continuing to keep our teens engaged during these times. Your continuous support of BGCD and our members is so greatly appreciated.

Please feel free to reach out to Teen Director, Ariana Nazario at anazario@bgcdorchester.org for more information.



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December 1, 2020

DORCHESTER, MA — All last week, Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester partnered with Steel & Rye, Neighbors Helping Neighbors and Elevate Youth to package and provide over 150 Thanksgiving meals to our families. The packaged dinners included turkey, sides and desserts prepared for easy delivery.

BGCD would like to give a huge thank you to everyone who helped in this process. Thank you for your hard work and generosity during the holiday. Your efforts have provided our families with a delicious meal this holiday. We are so grateful for all that Steel & Rye, Neighbors Helping Neighbors, and Elevate Youth have done for BGCD in the past and hope we can all support each other in meaningful ways to get through this together.

Today and every day, BGCD is thankful for YOU. Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester hopes you and your family had a healthy and happy Thanksgiving!



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November 10, 2020

DORCHESTER, MA — Halloween looked different this year, but that did not stop BGCD from having lots of fun on Halloween! Following all of the COVID-19 regulations, our members were able to still do several fun activities throughout the day. Our Early Education members had an indoor scavenger hunt where each group took turns hunting for treats around their classrooms. Members also made Halloween arts & crafts and even had a glow stick dance party. Our Learning Hub members took part in a contest to see who could make the most creative haunted house with boxes and other crafts.

Halloween is always a very special holiday here at BGCD and we did not disappoint. Thank you to our amazing staff who stopped at nothing to make this a special time for members.






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October 27, 2020

DORCHESTER, MA — As part of the Fall programming, we have resumed our fitness classes at Body + Fuel gym. Following all the recommended COVID-19 protocols, a small group of members have been meeting on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons to take part in the classes.

A huge thanks to our friends at Body + Fuel for hosting our members. Your continuous partnership and support of Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester is greatly appreciated by our members, staff and community. Also, a special thanks to The New Balance Foundation for supporting our fitness activities and encouraging health and wellness of our members.



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October 13, 2020

DORCHESTER, MA — Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester is providing safe, supportive and supervised space to assist families in our community during the time children are learning remotely. Our newly developed Learning Hubs support cohorts of k-8 students during typical “school day” hours. The Learning Hub program includes meals, technology assistance, academic support and guidance. Hubs are led by BGCD staff with a focus on supporting the children’s social emotional wellbeing as they adapt to virtual learning. BGCD is such an important resource in the fight against learning loss and a resource for families in great need.

During the day we are incorporating enrichment activities and getting outside as often as possible! With a focus on supporting children’s social-emotional well-being, BGCD staff are providing opportunities for children to engage in the arts, fitness and other health and wellness activities throughout the day.

For more information, please contact Vice President of Programming Brendan McDonald at bmcdonald@bgcdorchester.org.