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March 26, 2019

BOSTON, MA — Dorchester native, Shannon Zarnoch was just six years old when she first started coming to Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester. Her favorite programs were art and athletics, participating in activities such as floor hockey and travel basketball.

Growing up at the Club, Shannon always knew she wanted to work with kids. She looked up to the staff that she had as a member; they left a major impact on her ambitions to one day work at the Club.

Shannon started to work at the age of fifteen through the Boston Youth Fund, an organization that focuses on youth employment in the city of Boston. She is currently twenty-two years old and was recently promoted to be the Social Recreation Coordinator, where she oversees the staff and children in the gamesroom. Shannon also teaches hip-hop dance to the members of the Club and works as a teaching assistant in our Toddler 1 classroom. Her choreography was displayed at the Arts Bash, an event that showcases our members’ artistic abilities. It will also be shown again at this year’s New England Women’s Leadership Awards on May 9th.



Her favorite part of working at the Club is the relationships that she has made with the members and other staff. She has loved to see each member grow up through the years since she has started. Shannon states, “working at the Club means a lot to me because when I was a member, some of the most memorable people in my life were the staff that I had at the Club. I hope that I can one day make as much of an impact on the members that I have as the staff did on me growing up.”


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March 12, 2019


DORCHESTER, MA — Club members and staff of the Walter Denney Youth Center collaborated to put on an informative “Living Museum” performance in celebration of Black Hisory Month.

They honored and taught guests about many important historical figures and individuals who are making a difference still today. They recognized a wide variety of different people ranging from Jackie Robinson, Rosa Parks, Wilma Rudolph, Michelle Obama, W.E.B Dubois and many more! Thank you to everyone who came out to support the performance!

For more information on programming at the Walter Denney Youth Center please contact Queenette Santos at qsantos@bgcdorchester.org.


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February 11, 2019

WORCESTER, MA — Last weekend the Marr-lin Swim Team competed at the NENEAPC Championship meet at the Boys and Girls Club of Worcester. With some phenomenal swims, the Marr-lins finished seventh overall.

Some highlights included the fifteen to eighteen year old women’s team who finished second overall. Kevin McBride placed first in the fifty freestyle and second in the one-hundred freestyle for his age group. Four of our swimmers also qualified for Nationals. All  together the team did a fantastic job and represented Dorchester proudly.

For more information on the aquatics program please contact our Aquatics Director, Nikki Bookwalter at bookwalter@bgcdorchester.org.



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January 29, 2019

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BGCD Continues Partnership with Elevate Youth: BGCD is excited to continue it’s partnership with Elevate Youth into the New Year. This week Elevate Youth visited the Club to run an enrichment workshop that included learning how to read and create a map while working on team building exercises.

In the coming months the program will move back outdoors with two trips that involve Snow Shoeing (February) and Skating/Skiing (March). The Elevate Youth program gets our members out of the Club and into the outdoors for recreation, education and helps develop an appreciation for all that is available within the outdoors.

For more information on this program please contact Director of Program Development, Brendan McDonald at bmcdonald@bgcdorchester.org.

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BGCD Hosts Scholarship Night: BGCD held it’s Annual Scholarship Information event last week with a great turnout from students and parents. The panel discussion featured remarks from several speakers who offered best practices on where to find scholarship opportunities and how to position yourself as a candidate. Thanks to our friends from Operation Progress, The Janey Scholarship, The Stephen Phillips Memorial Scholarship, Success Boston/West End House BGC, ScholarJet and Club Alum, Mishaliz Melo. Scholarship Night is one of the many components of the College Fellows program which assists our high school students with their choices after graduation. In February we will host a workshop for Juniors & Seniors (2/5), Freshman & Sophomores (2/12) and our Career Speaker (2/24). For more information please contact Tricia Chapple at pchapple@bgcdorchester.org

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BGCD Hosts Young Professionals Council Meeting: The BGCD Young Professionals (YP) Council was organized to offer young professionals the opportunity to learn about nonprofit board service and contribute to BGCD’s mission. BGCD YP Council offers opportunities for young professionals to network and collaborate with one another to make an impact on the lives of youth living in Dorchester.

The group meets quarterly and hosts events, including but not limited to social, advocacy/awareness, and fundraising events. They are currently planning a St. Patricks Day Brunch on March 9, 2019 at The Playwright Bar & Restaurant, please visit bgcdorchester. org for more details on this upcoming event. If you or someone you know is interested in becoming involved in the Council, please contact Katie Russo at krusso@bgcdorchester.org.
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UPCOMING EVENTS

10 and Under Invitational Swim Meet
February 2

College Fellows Juniors & Seniors

February 5

Boys 12 & Under Team Hosts Billerica BGC
February 12


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January 24, 2019

DORCHESTER, MA — BGCD held it’s annual Scholarship Information event last week with a great turnout from students and parents. The panel discussion featured remarks from several speakers who offered best practices on where to find scholarship opportunities and how to successfully position yourself as a candidate.

Thanks to our friends from Operation Progress, The Janey Scholarship, The Stephen Phillips Memorial Scholarship, Success Boston, West End House BGC, ScholarJet and Club Alum, Mishaliz Melo.


Scholarship Night is one of the many components of the College Fellows program which assists our high school students with their choices after graduation. In February we will host a workshop for Juniors & Seniors (2/5), Freshman & Sophomores (2/12) and our Career Speaker (2/24). For more information please contact Tricia Chapple at pchapple@bgcdorchester.org.


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January 22, 2019

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BGCD Artwork Featured at Museum of Fine Arts on Martin Luther King Junior Day: Museum goers had the opportunity to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by surrounding themelves with art, culture, and community on Monday. A few lucky BGCD members had their artwork on display as part of this exhibit honoring the life of Dr. King.

Patrons enjoyed free admission all day long and an array of vibrant, engaging, and collaborative programs for all ages and abilities, presented in the spirit of Dr. King.

Citizens Bank has sponsored the MFA’s MLK Day Open House for 17 consecutive years—allowing the Museum to welcome visitors into their galleries to enjoy free performances, tours, talks, art-making activities, and more. For more information on our art programs please contact Art Director, Katy Farrar at kfarrar@bgcdorchester.org.

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Books, Balls & Blocks: The Dorchester Family Engagement Network is holding a fun and free screening event for children 4 months to 5 years, focusing on the development of communication, behavior, cognitive, fine and gross motor skills, as well as early childhood staff to answer questions and help find resources!

Books, Balls and Blocks is a free, fun, family event. It is comprised of different activity stations in which children can engage in developmentally appropriate play while parents complete an ASQ screening.

The event will be held on January 26, 2019 from 10 AM to 12 PM, for weather related cancellation the make up date will be February 2nd. It will be held at Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester located at 1135 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester MA

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Runners Train to Run 2019 Boston Marathon on Behalf of BGCD: Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester recently hosted their second marathon team meeting where they supported local runners who have generously taken on the task of training and fundraising on behalf of BGCD over the next few months. On April 15, 2019 they will take on the daunting task of completing the highly competitive Boston Marathon and raising funds on behalf of Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester through the Boston Athletic Association’s charity program.

Team BGCD running coach, John Furey, delivered some motivational words to inspire the runners who hail from as far as San Diego to being born and raised right here in Dorchester. To learn more about ways you can support a marathon runner please visit www. bgcdorchester.org.


UPCOMING EVENTS

All-Star Basketball vs. Waltham
January 24

Books, Balls & Blocks
January 26

Swim Sectionals
January 26 + 27

College Fellows Juniors & Seniors
February 5


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January 16, 2019

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BGCD Teens Kick off Winter Session Cooking Classes: Teen members of the Keystone Club kicked off a five week winter session of cooking classes with our friends at Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street. Now in it’s third year, the partnership has yielded a variety of hands-on cooking courses that educate teens around nutrition, cooking technique, recipe literacy, trying new flavors, ingredients, and more. The current session, all about healthy snacks, will be followed by another five week class in the late winter and early spring.

Our teens are looking to take the skills learned within the classes to be able to teach younger members similar skills on-site at BGCD. For more information on the Keystone Club, or any of our other Teen Programs please contact Deron Hines at dhines@bgcdorchester. org.

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BGCD Members Take Ski Trip to Shawnee Peak: This past Saturday 100+ members and chaperones travelled to Shawnee Peak ski area in Bridgton, ME as the guests of Owner, Chet Homer for the 9th annual BGCD outing.

Thanks to Mr. Homer all of the lessons, equipment, lift tickets and transportation costs were covered and our members enjoyed a sunny day of skiing and snowboarding on the mountain. Many thanks to Mr. Homer and all of the staff and instructors at Shawnee Peak for another amazing day on the mountain!

Please visit our website at www. bgcdorchester.org to learn more about different opportunities available this winter session through Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester.

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BGCD Welcomes 15 Runners to 2019 Boston Marathon Team: Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester recently hosted their first marathon team meeting where they welcomed local runners who have generously taken on the task of training and fundraising on behalf of BGCD over the next few months.

On April 15, 2019 they will take on the daunting task of completing the highly competitive Boston Marathon and raising funds on behalf of Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester through the Boston Athletic Association’s charity program.

Team BGCD running coach, John Furey, delivered some motivational words to inspire the runners who hail from as far as San Diego to being born and raised right here in Dorchester. To learn more about ways you can support a marathon runner please visit www. bgcdorchester.org.


UPCOMING EVENTS

Shawnee Peak Ski Trip
January 12

Teen CPR Course

January 16

Marr-lins Swim Meet at Arlington
January 19

College Fellows Scholarship Night

January 22


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January 15, 2019

DORCHESTER, MA — Teen members of the Keystone Club kicked off a five week winter session of cooking classes with our friends at Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street. Now in it’s third year, the partnership has yielded a variety of hands-on cooking courses that educate teens around nutrition, cooking technique, recipe literacy, trying new flavors, ingredients, and more. The current session, all about healthy snacks, will be followed by another five week class in the late winter and early spring.

Our teens are looking to take the skills learned within the classes to be able to teach younger members similar skills on-site at BGCD. For more information on the Keystone Club, or any of our other Teen Programs please contact Deron Hines at dhines@bgcdorchester.org.





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January 7, 2019

BOSTON, MA — Dorchester native, seventeen-year-old Jared Hill first started coming to Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester at the age of six. The leadership and sense of responsibility he saw in staff members when he was younger made Jared sure that one day he wanted to take on the same kind of role.

Today, Jared works as a junior staff member leading the music council. He helps the members who pass through the music room with many different things ranging from instrument instruction, homework help, or even assisting fellow teens with recording an album for their AP Literature assignment.

Jared describes how the opportunity to be creative and explore different interests is available in every department of the Club. He explains how it was through these programs and the support of the staff that he realized how much he enjoys the sense of the creation and that it inspired him to now pursue a career in Architectural Design as he begins to apply to colleges.

Jared states, “All of the resources we have here at the Club really change people and most importantly, changes what people see in themselves. This place is special; to me it’s like a family.”