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July 11, 2018

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State Street Volunteers: Volunteers from State Street came out last week for a day of service to Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester. The group generously spent a very hot morning outside our Clubs at our Deer Street and Dorchester Avenue locations.

The volunteers landscaped the areas around the buildings getting ready for our summer programming. Duties included weeding, trimming, mulching and sweeping the areas and playgrounds.

We are so appreciative of all the support State Street has shown for Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester over the last 5 years.

Thank you, State Street!

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Highland Street Foundation Philanthropy Program: Members of the BGCD Keystone and Torch Club Leadership programs came together to take part in the Highland Street Foundation’s Youth Philanthropy Program. The program provides a curriculum on philanthropy and the opportunity to designate a recipient of a $5K donation based on the group’s research. After researching and visiting several non-profits, the group decided on the Jeremiah Program, another local non-profit doing great work in the Dorchester community. Thanks to all of the members of our leadership programs who took part and to the Highland Street Foundation for including BGCD. We wish the best to the Jeremiah Program as they continue to do their important work to better our community.

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Career Prep Program: This Summer, over 100 teen leaders will take part in the Career Prep program at BGCD. Participants attended several trainings prior to their July 9th start date. Teens will also be exposed to online financial literacy courses and resume writing workshops.

Thanks to our partners in the Career Prep program, including John Hancock’s MLK Scholars Program, Boston Private Industry Council, Mayor Martin Walsh and the Department of Youth Engagement & Employment, Partners for Youth with Disabilities, the Strive Program and Bank of America.

Congratulations to these youth who will serve as peer leaders and program support staff throughout the summer.

UPCOMING EVENTS
Field Day

July 20

Safe Summer Streets Career Fair

July 25

6p -8p

Dorchester Yacht Club Harbor Cruise

July 26

College Alumni Night Cruise

August 1



June 19, 2018

Comcast Fair Play Day: We had a fun day last Thursday when Comcast came to the Clubs for Fair Play Day. Comcast NBC Sports are premiering a new documentary on June 29th at 8PM, called “Fair Play: Youth Sports in America” an inside look at the multi-faceted world of organized sports. As a lead up to the premier, they are partnering with Boys & Girls Clubs around the country to put on these fun days of play and conversation with youth in America. We’re beyond grateful that NBC Sports Boston in partnership with United Way presented us with a $50,000 check as part of the event. The kids had a great time playing games, getting to meet and play with basketball star Brian Scalabrine and soccer star Charlie Davies, and discussing all things sports! We definitely suggest checking out the documentary when it airs at the end of the month on NBC.

Deloitte Family Fun: Last Friday we had a fun morning with Deloitte. Volunteers came for a Family Fun Day at the Marr Clubhouse, for their annual Impact Day. Impact Day is a celebration of Deloitte’s year-round commitment to local communities. Firms around the world host Impact Day activities where Deloitte professionals spend the day volunteering. For us, they set up bouncy houses, activities, and snacks, and all our early education members and families had a chance to play and enjoy. We also invited the families who have taken part in playgroups with Countdown to Kindergarten. It took place from 9AM-1PM and the kids (and adults) had a blast. Thank you so much to Deloitte for continuously supporting Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester and our community by volunteering year after year and getting out to participate in the neighborhood!

Member Recognition Night: Each year we host a Member Recognition Night at the end of the school year for all our Clubhouses. This year’s event will be on June 21st at the Marr Clubhouse gym. Family and friends are invited to join us for refreshments while gathering to celebrate the achievements of our members throughout the year. Recognition is an important part of the Boys & Girls Club framework for positive youth development, and we strive to ensure that members at Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester are recognized for their effort and achievements throughout the year in front of their peers and in front of their family and friends. Awards are given for each program area, including sports, the arts, leadership, etc. Tickets to the recognition night dinner are available at the Clubs for families who would like to attend.


UPCOMING EVENTS

ARTS BASH
June 14

LAST DAY OF PROGRAMMING
June 15

MEMBER RECOGNITION NIGHT
June 21

SUMMER FUN PROGRAM
July 9 – August 10
for pre-registered members ages 5-12

SAFE SUMMER STREETS
July 9 – August 10
for teens ages 13-18



June 7, 2018

Summer Programs: Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester is gearing up for summer programming! The last day of regular after-school programming is June 15th, and after that we have a couple of weeks off before beginning our Summer Fun Program. The Summer Fun Program runs from July 9 – August 10, from 8:30AM-5:30PM daily. (The program is currently full and is not accepting any more registrants.) In addition to the Summer Fun Program we also host a special week at Camp Northbound for 150 members and staff which is sponsored by the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation. To close out the summer 150 kids and staff will travel to Disney World, thanks to the Rodman Disney for Kids program. We also are proud to help place over 100 teens per year in summer jobs. There’s truly something for everyone this summer at BGCD!

Summer Food: Each year, because we take part in the Summer Food Service Program, we must post the following NONDISCRIMINATION STATEMENT: In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email: program.intake@usda.gov. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

UPCOMING EVENTS

ARTS BASH
June 14

LAST DAY OF PROGRAMMING
June 15

MEMBER RECOGNITION NIGHT
June 21

SUMMER FUN PROGRAM
July 9 – August 10
for pre-registered members ages 5-12

SAFE SUMMER STREETS
July 9 – August 10
for teens ages 13-18



April 6, 2018

Rockland Trust Gives: We would like to thank Rockland Trust for generously supporting Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester this year, helping us continue to offer high quality education programs to our members of all ages. Our education programs include basic homework help, a library of engaging books, computers for schoolwork and knowledgeable staff who motivate kids to learn. Members can sign up for enrichment programs every day of the week to explore a topic or interest in depth. Our STEM programming offers youth the chance to explore science, technology, engineering and math topics, building on what they learn in school.

Thank you to Rockland Trust for generously supporting these important educational opportunities for Dorchester’s youth.

Spring Program Openings: Spring programming is beginning in April and there are still spaces available in certain programs.
ART:
Urban Art – Mon 5:45-6:30
Abstract Photo – Thurs 6:30-7:30
Drawing & Painting – Tues 6:30-7:30
ATHLETICS:
Indoor Soccer – Tues/Thurs 5PM
Boxing – Tues/Thurs 6:30PM
Wrestling – Mon/Wed 6PM
Indoor Golf – Wed 6PM
Basketball (13-15) – Mon 6:15/7:15PM
Basketball (16-18) – Tues 6:15/7:15PM
EDUCATION:
Reading Buddies – Wed 6:30
Global Explorers – Wed 6PM
CS First – Mon/Tues 6PM

If you are interested in signing up for these or other open programs, call us at 617-288-7120.

A Night of Laughs: We’re holding a brand new event this year as a spring fundraiser! On April 6th, we’re hosting a comedy show at The Neighborhood Club of Quincy at 7pm. The show will feature three local comedians: Christine Hurley, Tony V, and Graig Murphy will each perform for us.

Tickets are $40 and ticket price includes hors d’oeuvres. There will be a cash bar and raffles prizes. Doors open at 7PM and the show starts at 9PM. Come out for a night of fun and laughs to benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester!

Tickets are at bgcdcomedynight.eventbrite.com and parties of 10 can reserve tables.
For questions about the event contact Patty Lamb at plamb@bgcdorchester.org.


UPCOMING EVENTS

SPRING SESSION BEGINS
April 2

COMEDY NIGHT FUNDRAISER
April 6 at 7PM
The Neighborhood Club of Quincy



April 6, 2018

New Balance Gives Back: The New Balance Foundation has generously provided a $25,000 grant to Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester to support our Individual Fitness Program. This program includes diverse activities like our yoga, non-contact boxing, fencing and 1:1 swim lessons. They specifically fulfill a need that many of our members have, for taking part in fun and
engaging fitness opportunities without playing a team sport.

Healthy habits formed in childhood have lifelong benefits. Youth who live in the city often lack opportunities for safe outdoor play. We provide a choice of activities so that every child can be active in a way they enjoy.

Thank you to The New Balance Foundation for generously supporting these important fitness opportunities.

Spring Program Begins: Each year, we offer program sessions in the fall, winter and spring, with seasonal program choices that keep members interested and allow them a chance to experience a variety of activities.

Our new spring session started this week. Programs include sports and fitness, like basketball, indoor soccer, wrestling, and fencing, as well as aquatics, nutrition and cooking, fine arts, music, dance, education, and teen specific activities. While all of our programs are inclusive, we will also offer the Martin Richard Challenger Baseball program, which is specifically designed to offer youth with disabilities an accessible baseball experience.

If you’re interested in signing up for Challenger Baseball, contact mbutler@bgcdorchester.org for information.

New Wellness Class: For the first time this year we’re offering a Meditation & Wellness class, for grades 2-8 at the Marr Clubhouse. The class takes place on Thursday evenings at 6PM, and teaches members the fundamentals of meditation and enables them to take part in a relaxing meditation time each week. They also learn about other forms of wellness and what goes into taking care of your mind and body.

There is also a Meditation class specifically for girls at our Walter Denney Youth Center. That class takes place on Thursdays at 6PM and is open to girls ages 12-17. It is a great way for girls to relax and unwind during a busy week, and have a chance to reset their mind in a positive way and within a supportive environment. Members have been enjoying these new classes and we believe in the benefits they offer.

UPCOMING EVENTS

COMEDY NIGHT FUNDRAISER
April 6, doors open at 7PM
The Neighborhood Club of Quincy

COLLEGE FELLOWS
Freshmen/Sophomores
Tuesday, April 10 at 6PM



April 5, 2018

New Balance Gives Back: The New Balance Foundation has generously provided a $25,000 grant to Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester to support our Individual Fitness Program. This program includes diverse activities like our yoga, non-contact boxing, fencing and 1:1 swim lessons. They specifically fulfill a need that many of our members have, for taking part in fun and engaging fitness opportunities without playing a team sport.

Healthy habits formed in childhood have lifelong benefits. Youth who live in the city often lack opportunities for safe outdoor play. We provide a choice of activities so that every child can be active in a way they enjoy.

Thank you to The New Balance Foundation for generously supporting these important fitness opportunities.

Spring Program Begins: Each year, we offer program sessions in the fall, winter and spring, with seasonal program choices that keep members interested and allow them a chance to experience a variety of activities.

Our new spring session started this week. Programs include sports and fitness, like basketball, indoor soccer, wrestling, and fencing, as well as aquatics, nutrition and cooking, fine arts, music, dance, education, and teen specific activities. While all of our programs are inclusive, we will also offer the Martin Richard Challenger Baseball program, which is specifically designed to offer youth with disabilities an accessible baseball experience.

If you’re interested in signing up for Challenger Baseball, contact mbutler@bgcdorchester.org for information.

New Wellness Class: For the first time this year we’re offering a Meditation & Wellness class, for grades 2-8 at the Marr Clubhouse. The class takes place on Thursday evenings at 6PM, and teaches members the fundamentals of meditation and enables them to take part in a relaxing meditation time each week. They also learn about other forms of wellness and what goes into taking care of your mind and body.

There is also a Meditation class specifically for girls at our Walter Denney Youth Center. That class takes place on Thursdays at 6PM and is open to girls ages 12-17. It is a great way for girls to relax and unwind during a busy week, and have a chance to reset their mind in a positive way and within a supportive environment. Members have been enjoying these new classes and we believe in the benefits they offer.


UPCOMING EVENTS

COMEDY NIGHT FUNDRAISER
April 6, doors open at 7PM
The Neighborhood Club of Quincy

COLLEGE FELLOWS
Freshmen/Sophomores
Tuesday, April 10 at 6PM



March 26, 2018

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Youth of the Year Finalists: We would like to congratulate the amazing teen members who have been selected as our 2018 Youth of the Year finalists: Eben Butler, Elia Watler Barros, Nick Clements, Brianna O’Keefe, Ivanildo DaMoura, Brianna Irwin, Jocelyn Sammy, Will Hingston and Erica Correia. Each of these finalists will take part in an interview session before a panel of judges where we will choose the Girl of the Year, Boy of the Year and Youth of the Year. The Youth of the Year will then move on to represent our Club at the Massachusetts Youth of the Year event in Fall River in June. The winner there will go on to compete in the Regional and then National Youth of The Year competition between all the Boys & Girls Clubs in America. Good luck to all of the finalists and thank you for being such great role models to the younger members and your peers.

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College Fellows: Our College Fellows program has some great events coming up in the next few weeks. Our March career event will be taking place on March 27th at 6PM and will focus on law and law enforcement.

April dates are:
April 3 – Seniors/Juniors
April 10 – Sophomore/Freshmen
April 24 – Career Series
All events take place at 6PM in the McLaughlin Clubhouse.

BGCD partners with the Operation Progress Scholarship program to provide four $10,000 college scholarships to active and deserving high school seniors. Applications are now available and are due by Friday, May 11th. For more information, or a copy of the application please contact Tricia Chapple at pchapple@bgcdorchester.org.

DID YOU KNOW
Spring Athletes: Our Spring programming will begin in April. Some of the athletics programs offered for the spring will include a new wrestling class on Mondays and Wednesdays at 6PM, indoor soccer on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5PM, and Golf on Wednesdays at 6PM. We will also continue to have some favorites, like our body + fuel bootcamp class in partnership with the fitness center down the street from the Club, which members attend on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 3:30PM, as well as fencing on Thursdays at 5:15PM at Moe Fencing Club in Somerville, non-contact boxing at the Club on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30PM, and basketball league for various ages at various times. Registration was held on March 20, but many programs still have spaces open. To sign up, contact Max at mbarbosa@bgcdorchester.org.


UPCOMING EVENTS

ARTS BASH
March 22 at 6PM

MARCH ORIENTATION
March 22 at 6PM

COMEDY NIGHT FUNDRAISER
April 6 at 7PM
The Neighborhood Club of Quincy



March 1, 2018
Please note: all spots for the Summer Fun Program are currently filled.

AGES: 5-12 (must be 5 as of September 1st, 2017)
DATES: Monday, July 9th – Friday, August 10th
HOURS:  8:30a.m.-5:30p.m. 
FEE: $400 for ages 7-12
          $450 for ages 5 & 6
Registrants must attend a mandatory Summer Program orientation in June in order to be officially enrolled in the program

The Summer Program is open to all members, but has special registration which is first-come, first-served. Please try to make it to the earliest registration date you can if you want to get a spot, because they do fill up quickly. If spots fill up in the first day or two, we will not hold the subsequent registration hours. We have a limited amount of spots for each age group, and some age groups fill up quicker than others. If you have multiple children there is a chance you may get a spot for one child but not the other if that age group is already full.

If a child is not currently a member (having registered for membership and paid the $5 fee THIS school year), you will have to fill out a general membership application sheet as well as the Summer Program enrollment form during the Summer registration hours. You can sign up for both at the same time. All members registering for the Summer Program will have to attend a Summer Program Orientation to be held in June, even if you have already attended a general membership orientation at some point this school year.

If you are not currently a member you will need to bring a birth certificate (proof of age) and the $5 registration fee in order to receive membership, and be prepared to pay the Summer Program fee when enrolling.

If you are already a member you will just need to bring the Summer Program fee.


Summer Program Registration Dates & Times

Saturday, March 10th – 9:00-1:00pm

Monday, March 12th – 9:00-4:00pm

Tuesday, March 13th – 4:00-8:00pm




February 28, 2018

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Get Laughing: On Friday, April 6, Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester is hosting a Comedy Night at the Neighborhood Club of Quincy. We are putting together an evening of laughs with three hilarious comedians: Christine Hurley, Tony V. and Graig Murphy. Tickets are $40 per person and include food and raffles. There will also be a cash bar. This is going to be a great opportunity to get out for a fun night with friends and family while supporting a good cause. All proceeds will benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester. Doors will open at 7PM and the show will start at 9PM. Tickets are currently available online at bgcdcomedynight.eventbrite.com, and information can be found on our website at bgcdorchester.org. We have a limited amount of space in the venue and anticipate selling out, so consider purchasing your tickets as soon as possible!

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Teen Program: The Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester Teen Program has a lot going on! Members of the Keystone Club have been taking part in cooking classes at Milk Street Kitchen every week, volunteering with the Challenger Sports program and have an upcoming service date with the Special Olympics in Worcester on March 10. We are also assisting teens applying for summer jobs through the Department of Youth Engagement & Employment. Many teens have also been taking part in College and Career Prep activities. A group of 11 members just returned from an overnight trip to Washington, DC to visit 5 colleges while our next sessions for the College Fellows program will be March 6 (Juniors/Seniors) and March 20 (Freshman/Sophomores). For more information contact Marcus Johnson at mjohnson@bgcdorchester.org.

DID YOU KNOW
Summer Program Registration: Our Summer Fun program is taking place July 9 through August 10. Programs run from 8:30-5:30 every weekday throughout the 5 weeks, and the full cost of the program is $400 for children ages 7-12 and $450 for children 5-6. Children must be members to take part in the program, and we have new membership registration each month throughout the school year. Registration for the Summer Fun program will start on Saturday, March 10 from 9AM-1PM and continue on Monday, March 12 from 9AM-4PM and Tuesday, March 13 from 4-8PM. Registration fills up on a first-come, first-served basis, and there are a specific number of spots for each age group. If the program fills up, registration will end and the subsequent registration days will not be held, so plan to come early!


UPCOMING EVENTS

COLLEGE FELLOWS
Juniors & Seniors March 6 at 6PM

MARCH ORIENTATION
March 13 & 14 at 6PM

SUMMER REGISTRATION
March 10 at 9AM-1PM
March 12 at 9AM-4PM
March 13 at 4-8PM

COMEDY NIGHT FUNDRAISER
April 6 at 7PM