May 4, 2021

DORCHESTER, MA — Six talented Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester members have been selected from our local Fine Arts exhibit to have their artwork entered into Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s National Fine Arts competition. Thank you to all our members who created amazing artwork for this competition and best of luck to those whose artwork was submitted.

Congratulations to the following members: Caroline R. (Arendelle); Naraya D. (Down the Rabbit Hole & See Me in a Crown), Delaney D. (Drip); Mairead M. (Traveling at the Speed of Light); Taryn D. (Balance) and Tina L. (Abyss) who will be representing our organization.

For more information on our Fine Arts Programming, please contact Art Director Katy Farrar at kfarrar@bgcdorchester.org.


April 6, 2021

DORCHESTER, MA — Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester would like to congratulate our nine Youth of the Year Finalists for 2021. We would like to recognize Dhoha Hussein, Tina Le, Gabby Gold, Cordell Givens, Patrick DaSilva and Zhilee Cine for all their accomplishments.

We would also like to congratulate Anthony Curioso who was awarded the honor of this year’s BGCD Boy of the Year, Kate McGrath, BGCD Girl of the Year and Jamil Boykin, this year’s Youth of the Year. Jamil will now go on to represent Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester in the Massachusetts Youth of the Year competition.

We congratulate all of these outstanding youth leaders on their accomplishments and for all they bring to BGCD every day.

Check out the article Dorchester Reporter wrote on our Youth of the Year teens here


March 22, 2021

DORCHESTER, MA — This month, BGCD and local Dorchester fitness studio body+fuel are celebrating the 4 year anniversary of our partnership! To help celebrate, WCVB Channel 5 came to check out our programming and interview some staff and members.

BGCD member Gabby says the partnership has been life-changing for her, as it has made her more confident over the years. While BGCD member Chris explains his appreciation to be able to start his fitness journey for free. BGCD is so thankful for body+fuel and owner Packy McDonough for everything they have done for the Club and our members.

Check out the full Channel 5 segment here!


March 9, 2021

BOSTON, MA  — Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester Learning Hub members were able to attend a special meteorology session with Boston 25 meteorologist Vicki Graf. Vicki was kind enough to spend time with our members via Zoom. Vicki gave our Club members a virtual tour of the studio and talked about her job as a Meteorologist.

A huge thank you to Boston 25 and Vicki for this amazing opportunity. Our members loved being able to be behind the scenes and have the opportunity to ask questions and learn more.

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


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..


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.


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!


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.


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.


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.