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February 11, 2019

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.”



January 7, 2019

DORCHESTER, MA — In November, Club members were invited to the premier of the new movie “Instant Family” starring former BGCD member, Mark Walhberg. The movie is about a couple who find themselves in over their heads after stumbling into the world of foster care adoption and end up adopting three children.

Our Club members had a fantastic time at the movie premier and had some great reviews of the movie! Many thanks to Mark Wahlberg and the Mark Walhberg Youth Foundation for making this amazing opportunity available to our members.

Check out interview with him and some of Club kids below!



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January 2, 2019

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Winter Athletic Programs: This Winter our Athletic program will be offering intramural basketball leagues as follows: Boys 11 & U Low Rim, Girls 12 & U Low Rim and a 15 & U Co-ed division. These games will take place weeknights at 6:00 p.m. or later.

In addition we will see the return of our Girls TMX Non-Contact Boxing Class on Mondays at 6:00 p.m. as well as 2 co-ed Classes on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m. For those interested in cross-training we offer classes at Body & Fuel three afternoons a week at 3:30 p.m. Lastly, we will have 2 All-Star teams competing in the NENEAPC League competing against Clubs in the region.

For more information, or to register please contact Mike Joyce at mjoyce@bgcdorchester.org.

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Keystone Volunteers at Senior’s First Night: Members of BGCD’s Keystone Club volunteered at the City of Boston’s First Night event for Senior Citizen’s this past Friday. The annual event saw 2,300 Seniors hosted by the Seaport World Trade Center.

Keystone members helped serve meals to those attending. Currently our Keystone members are prepping for the New Year with their Annual MLK First Responders Event, Milk Street Kitchen Cooking Classes and helping out with the Challenger Basketball program. Please contact our new Teen Director, Deron Hines, at dhines@bgcdorchester.org to learn more about how you or your teen can get involved with the Keystone Club and the many other activities offered through the teen program.

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BGCD receives donation from Painters & Allied Trades District Council #35: Representatives from the Painters & Allied Trades District Council #35 stopped by BGCD prior to the holidays to present a donation in support of our Rodman Ride for Kids team. In addition, the Council sponsored a Toy Drive for Club members and families which were also presented and subsequently distributed to members and families. Many thanks to the members of District Council #35 who have supported our Rodman Ride for Kids team the past two years and to all the members who supported the Toy Drive. To learn more about ways you can get involved with the Club or our upcoming events, please visit www.bgcdorchester. org/specialevents/.


UPCOMING EVENTS

Marr-lins Swim Meet
at Woburn BGC
January 5

Challengers Basketball

January 6

Shawnee Peak Ski Trip
January 12

College Fellows Scholarship Night

January 22


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December 27, 2018

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Winter Athletic Programs: This Winter our Athletic program will be offering intramural basketball leagues as follows: Boys 11 & U Low Rim, Girls 12 & U Low Rim and a 15 & U Co-ed division. These games will take place weeknights at 6:00 p.m. or later.

In addition we will see the return of our Girls TMX Non-Contact Boxing Class on Mondays at 6:00 p.m. as well as 2 co-ed Classes on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m. For those interested in cross-training we offer classes at Body & Fuel three afternoons a week at 3:30 p.m. Lastly, we will have 2 All-Star teams competing in the NENEAPC League competing against Clubs in the region.

For more information, or to register please contact Mike Joyce at mjoyce@bgcdorchester.org.

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BGCD Welcomes New Art Director Katy Farrar: Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester has hired a new Art Director, Katy Farrar, to take on a full time role here at the Club. She will be offering a number of classes that will be featured in our winter programming schedule. These classes will begin in the second week of January all being held after 5:30 PM.

Some of her available winter programs include “Meet the Masters,” “Messy Art,” “Drawing,” “Painting,” “MFA Class,” “3D Art,” and “Abstract Photography.” Be sure to contact Katy at kfarrar@bgcdorchester.org for updated class availability.

Please visit our website at www.bgcdorchester.org/programs/ to learn more about different program opportunities available this winter session.

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BGCD Partners with the Barking Crab to Host Jingle & Mingle: Last Wednesday, BGCD partnered with The Barking Crab to host the second annual Jingle & Mingle event. The night featured a seasonal ice luge, photo opportunities with Santa, drinks, dinner raffles and other fun holiday surprises!

We are enormously thankful for The Barking Crab’s generosity in helping us to host this fun seasonal event. Additional thanks to all of the generous patrons who attended and donated to help support programming at Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester.

To learn more about other upcoming events at the Club and ways for you to get involved, please visit www.bgcdorchester.org/specialevents/.


UPCOMING EVENTS

Teen Holiday Outing
December 27

Keystone Volunteering at
Senior’s First Night
December 28

Marr-lins Swim Meet
at Woburn BGC
January 5

Shawnee Peak Ski Trip
January 12