May 28, 2019

BOSTON, MA – On Sunday May 19, members of the Keystone Club joined Teen Director, Deron Hines, to volunteer at the MR8 annual Spring Service Day event. The event was hosted at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute and included on-site and off-site service opportunities for individuals and families. The theme for this year’s Spring Service Day was creating a better world for young people.

The projects focused on positively impacting youth populations who may find themselves in need of extra support. Keystone members assisted with set-up, guest directions, volunteer projects and clean-up. They also learned about the direct impact that their work has on the lives of young people who need the support.

For more information on the Keystone Club, or our other Teen Programs, please contact Deron Hines at dhines@bgcdorchester.org.


May 21, 2019

DORCHESTER, MA – Each year, one exceptional Club member is selected to be the Youth of
the Year, serving as an ambassador for Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester youth as well as a
voice for our community. We would like to congratulate these outstanding teen members who have been selected as our 2019 Youth of the Year finalists: Jared Hill, Clare McCarthy, Nick Clements, Jocelyn Sammy, Will Hingston, Kathleen Ryan, Sean Simmons, Audra Garvey and Viet Ta. On behalf of BGCD, thank you for everything that you do for our community.

Out of these finalists, we would like to give special recognition to Jared Hill, Boy of the Year,
Jocelyn Sammy, Girl of the Year, and Nick Clements, Youth of the Year.

Nick represented our Clubs as one of forty-two candidates at the annual event held in Worcester which recognizes all of the local winners and continues the process to select a state Youth of the Year to move on to the regional competition. We are proud to see his accomplishments being recognized!


May 21, 2019

BOSTON, MA — On May 9th BGCD celebrated the 26th Annual New England Women’s Leadership Awards . This year the Club honored Kenell Broomstein, Business Agent at the IBEW Local 103, Yvonne Garcia, Chief of Staff to the CEO of State Street and Noelle Lambert, founder of The Born To Run Foundation. Each of our honorees serves as an incredible role model for members of BGCD.

Also participating were special guest speaker Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Event Chair, Colette Phillips of Colette Phillips Communications, and Emcee, Lisa Hughes of WBZ-TV. We are so incredibly proud of all our members who were greeters, created art, performed on stage and spoke to make this such a special evening.


May 7, 2019

DORCHESTER, MA — Six BGCD High School members took part in an 8-week personal development course with Kristen Daly, Principal at KDaly Communications.

The “Who Am I” project provided an opportunity for these members to craft a personal message while working on their public speaking skills. To conclude the program, each member delivered their remarks to an audience of friends, family and Club staff to display the skills they have learned throughout their time within the course.

Congratulations to each of the members on successfully completing the program and a special thank you to Kristen Daly for offering the time and expertise to work with each of these outstanding members.

Lastly, thanks to the Blarney Stone for hosting a post-event reception for all that attended and participated.

If you or your organization are interested in partnering with BGCD, please contact Mike Joyce at mjoyce@bgcdorchester.org.


April 23, 2019

DORCHESTER, MA – Over April vacation, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester offered an afternoon and evening program for our teen members to take part in. Members engaged in many fun activities such as movies, Laser Quest, bowling, and rock climbing. Most excitingly, they were able to participate in a Boot Camp with our friends from the Boston Police Department in our own Marr Building. Every evening, the officers put the members through an hour-long circuit training workout including wall sits, planks, push-ups, and more. At the end of the week, our members were awarded with a certificate of completion to take home.

A special thanks to the Boston Police Department for their continued partnership.

If you or your organization are interested in partnering with BGCD, please contact Mike Joyce at mjoyce@bgcdorchester.org.


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.”


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.


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.


January 29, 2019


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.


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


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.


10 and Under Invitational Swim Meet
February 2

College Fellows Juniors & Seniors

February 5

Boys 12 & Under Team Hosts Billerica BGC
February 12