How many fruits and vegetables did you eat last year? 61% of #BGCBoston members ate two or more fruits per day compared to only 14% of Massachusetts adults! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Our partnership with Harvard Pilgrim Health Care helps members learn healthy habits and provides access to fresh produce. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Here are some shots from a recent "Farm to Family" dinner at our Jordan Club, where families enjoyed a shared meal and took home recipes and their own produce from Fresh Truck!
THANK YOU to everyone who made our 10th Annual A Night With Friends a huge success! Together, we raised over $75,000 to support affordable summer camp programs at #BGCBoston
Happy First Day of #BGCBoston Camp! We can't wait to see all our new campers rule the pool this summer!
Less Mondays. More Summer. ☀️ Happy Last Day of School from our Berkshire Partners Blue Hill Club! Thanks to @post_390 for the fantastic BBQ celebration!!
Charlestown Boys & Girls Club’s Adrienne Weston proudly holds up last weeks Charlestown Patriot featuring a cover story about her Floral Design class at the Club! Adrienne tells the Patriot, "There are a couple of kids who have told me they want to become florists down the road. It has opened up the world of design and art too. We’re a very hands-on class. We learn about color, shape and positive/negative space…" To read more click on the link in our bio!
A few snippets from last nights #ANWF2019 performance from Edgerley Family South Boston Club member @markwalshmusic! Great covers of @maroon5 and @johnmayer ! Swipe right to see some impromptu @thebeatles Blackbird Mark started playing when the DJ needed to switch his mic. #bostonmusic #bostonteens #music #bgcboston
#TBT What an awesome season for former Club kid @matt.grzelcyk !! Your #BGCBoston Club Family is very proud of you. Our Charlestown Club is lucky to have you as an alum! Go @nhlbruins ! Still number 1 in our eyes! #bruins #hockey #kids #boston #bgcalum #clubalum
We are so excited to be joining @_the base and @camp_harbor_view as part of @att Positively Digital campaign! With their help we are creating the next generation of Digital Leaders. Yesterday was the exciting launch event and we heard inspiring social media and technology advice from the organizations leaders, @massgovernor, and @boston_mayor. We loved being welcomed by dedicated #BGCBoston trustee and President of AT&T New England Patricia Jacobs. Thank you for helping us build a better Boston! #ATTBelieves
Midweek smiles from our Jordan Club! Happy Wednesday!
Meet Edgerley Family South Boston Club's Junior Chefs! Members have expressed their enthusiasm for cooking and eating. Over the past three weeks, they have made various recipes such as mac-n-cheese, vegan brownies, chicken tenders, oven potato wedges, and yogurt fruit dip. The classes have incorporated healthy and nutritious ingredients to substitute while making kid-friendly comfort foods. On the menu for this meal? Mac-n-cheese w/ spinach, chicken tenders, and black bean vegan brownies!
Happy Memorial Day! #BGCBoston
Ticket prices go up tonight at midnight for A Night With Friends 2019. Grab yours today at an early bird ticket price and help us spread the word to anyone who wants to support summer camp for Boston youth! Link in bio!
Next time you're in Charlestown be sure to check out the Clubs latest additions: Cherry trees! The Fish Family Foundation has planted cherry trees in honor of its 15-year partnership with #BGCBoston. The dedication ceremony celebrated the two organizations' efforts to foster relationships between the young people of Greater Boston and Japan.
Congratulations to our #BGCBoston Volunteers of the Year! Jesse MacDonald and Stephanie McIsaac have been incredible volunteer swim coaches for nine years. Bruce Harrison, a passionate volunteer at our Jordan Club, has served as a baseball and basketball coach for over 20 years. Thank you for your commitment to our members and the community! We could not do our work without #volunteers like you. #whyivolunteer
Thank you to #BGCBoston Corporate Volunteer of the Year #BlueCrossBlueShieldMA for all you do to help us build a better Boston!
#BGCBoston Youth of the Year Gernell, represented the organization at this weekend's Youth of the Year competition! Congratulations Gernell!!
On Friday, we celebrated the amazing musical talents of our Clubs members at the #BGCBoston Music Awards. Couldn't make it to the awards? Check out our stories and BGCB's radio station! The new internet radio station to highlight the incredible original songs and content our members produce in #BGCBoston's six music studios. Link in bio!
Orchard Gardens Club members had a visit from some fun and furry friends during April vacation last week!
They’ve arrived! After many months of preparation, Charlestown Club teens and staff have begun their exploration of Japan with @nobarriersyouth! #globalcitizens #nobarriers
Happy Patriots’ Day! #bgcboston
Join us and @specialolympicsma on Saturday, April 27 at our Hennigan Club. Sports, snacks, tips for healthy living. Register at link in bio. #ChooseToInclude #BGCBoston
For our sixth and final takeover, we are excited to announce Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston's 2019 Youth of the Year, Gernell! Gernell hails from our Yawkey Club of Roxbury. Gernell, a Club member for 11 years, exemplifies what it means to be a Club kid and role model. A self-described resilient and ambitious leader, Gernell describes her Club journey as an “evolution.” As a shy six-year-old she entered the Club for the first time and struggled to find her place. As the years went on and various activities got in the way of attending the Club, she returned as a seventh grader determined to take full advantage of all the Club had to offer. She joined Torch Club, the first step in her journey through the Club’s Leadership Pipeline, which earned her a spot as a Young Leader, Counselor in Training, Junior Staff, and, finally, a Keystone member. Gernell interned through the Summer Youth Jobs Initiative and spent two weeks in India with the Explore India Program. Gernell's leadership and travel experience gave her the tools she needed to become the charismatic, outspoke, and the self-assured young woman she always wanted to become. Gernell takes those skills and applies them to her role as a dedicated member of the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston, where she has been a consistent and reliable mentor for her Little Sister for the past three and a half years. After graduation, Gernell hopes to attend one of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities and become a travel nurse. Congratulations Gernell!
Every kid needs a safe place to play, explore, trust, lead, and grow. Follow @BGCBoston to see our impact across Boston and Chelsea. Each of our 11 Clubs provide a safe, affordable place with caring adults and enriching programs for kids to go when they are not in school.
Introducing BGCB Radio! Charlestown Music Director Anders and his team started a new internet radio station to highlight the incredible original songs and content our members produce in #BGCBoston's six music studios. So far, they have interviewed hosts from @jamn945 and @suffolkradio! Special thanks to @musicandyouth for supporting our Music Clubhouses and believing in the creativity of our members! Tune in today! Link in bio.
⭐️ Instagram Takeover ⭐️ Follow along in our stories this afternoon with Mattapan Teen Center Youth of the Year Niyah, one of the Clubs first members. She remembers her first day and how welcoming the staff was, she felt she could easily be her authentic self there. She credits the Club with opening doors for her and exposing her to new worlds. MTC has given her a platform to further explore her passion for the arts including dance, painting, writing, and performing. In addition to being a member of her high school’s dance team, she is an integral part of MTC’s dance team. Niyah has also performed spoken word at the Club’s annual Hip Hop Showcase. During her time as a member, Niyah has engaged in community service projects, attended a Historically Black Colleges and Universities fair, and participated in entrepreneurial programs. Niyah has worked extremely hard to put herself on a path that will bring her both joy and success and plans to pursue a career in art therapy. Congratulations Niyah!
Calling all #BGCBoston Volunteers! BGCB could not do what we do without YOU and we want to say THANK YOU! Our annual Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast is Friday, April 26 from 8:00-10:00 a.m. at the Fenway Park Dell EMC Club (4 Yawkey Way). It includes a complimentary breakfast, remarks from Nicholas President and CEO Josh Kraft, Volunteer of the Year awards, and fun giveaways! RSVP today at bgcb.org/VolunteerBreakfast
⭐️ Head over to our stories to learn more about Deedee, Jordan Club's Youth of the Year. ⭐️ Deedee joined the Club eight years ago and fell in love with the aquatics program immediately. Through her involvement with aquatics, Deedee has beaten personal records, attended Nationals in Florida, become a certified scuba diver, and today serves as a lifeguard and assistant coach at the Club. When walking through the Club, it is common to see younger members call out her name and run over for a high five. A kind and natural leader, she sets an example as a model Club member for everyone, including her two younger brothers. As a teen, Deedee has always managed to balance a busy school schedule with her continued involvement at the Club. Her strong commitment to both academics and her Club community will serve her well as she heads to Dartmouth College in the fall. Congrats Deedee!
⭐️ Instagram Takeover ⭐️ Head over to our stories this afternoon and meet Gina, Charlestown Club's Youth of the Year! Gina joined the Club when she was 8 years old and has been a model member ever since. She calls the Club a place where she can be the best version of herself and credits staff for recognizing these qualities in her. Those who know Gina are quick to comment on her integrity, kindness, and drive to succeed. She excels at school, where she participates in the rigorous IB Diploma Program. At the Club, she can be found volunteering her time at the front desk, library, and games room. After balancing a heavy workload at school and a consistent commitment to the Club, she earned a spot in the highly competitive Explore Japan Program and looks forward to representing her Club in Japan this spring! The second photo shows Gina pointing at a sign she worked on when she was 11 years old that continues to hang in the Club today! Congratulations Gina! #YouthoftheYear
Happy St. Patrick’s Day from the Charlestown Club!
Today, we celebrated the Edgerley Family South Boston Club's 43rd St. Patrick's Day Luncheon with some special guests! Before the jokes began, Keynote Speaker and Edgerley Club Youth of the Year, Matt, shared his Club experience with the crowd, receiving a standing ovation after his remarks! His equally talented twin brother Mark joined him on stage for a fantastic rendition of Ed Sheeran's Thinking Out Loud. Thank you to @massgovernor Charlie Baker, @boston_mayor Marty Walsh, Senator @nickcollinsma, City Councilor @edforboston, City Councilor @michaelfflaherty, State Representative @votedavidbiele, and everyone who came out for an afternoon of laughs, corned beef, and tradition! thanks for having us @laughboston #HappyStPatricksDay
⭐️ Instagram Takeover ⭐️ Meet Matt, Edgerley Family South Boston Club's Youth of the Year! Matt's dad (Southie Club alum) brought him and his twin brother, Mark, to the Club for the first time seven years ago. Most afternoons, you can find Matt in the Music Clubhouse where he learned to play several instruments and joined the Club band "The Harmaniacs". Matt demonstrates his commitment to community not only through his involvement with the Club, but also with his dedication to his school, where teachers describe him as "a gifted student" and "an exceptional human being." Check out the second picture to see Matt with the Club Arts Director Ann, who was also Matt's father's arts director! One of Matt’s personal goals is to try to be the best person he can be every day, and this has helped him serve as a role model for younger members. Congratulations Matt!
Over February Break, Mattapan Teen Center teens attended the New England Colleges and University Tour. Read Avaughns reflection of the first day below. "Our first day of the college tour was long and great. It started out with a long car ride to Worcester State University. That was one of my favorite colleges because it was welcoming and the campus seemed fun and like it was setup to help you succeed. Then we all ate lunch at a restaurant with great food. After that we went to Becker College, I don't think this right college for me, but I did like how they had a great program for people who like animals. Finally, we ended the day, going on a tour at AIC (American International College) which I liked a lot because of the campus and facilities they provided. Then we went out to eat at a buffet and finally went to a hotel to finish the day. Overall the first day was great and ten times better than I expected."
a few weeks ago, our Charlestown Club hosted a Dance Dance Revolution tournament with members of our Edgerley Family South Boston, Yawkey, and Jordan Clubs. We were honored to have the Greenberg family, who generously donated the machines, in attendance to see the fun DDR brings to our Clubs. Congratulations to the Jordan Club for winning the tournament!
⭐️ Instagram Takeover ⭐️ Meet Eche, Berkshire Partners Blue Hill Club's 2019 Youth of the Year! Eche has been a Club member for over ten years. Check out the third photo where Eche puts his hand over his 10 year old self's hand print! At the Club, you can find Eche at Studio Heat, Blue Hill's music studio, working on his latest rap song or mixing music or in the teen center. The Blue Hill Teen Director Jasmine, describes Eche as a "big brother to many members of the Club" and says "through his drive for music he has inspired other members to pursue their dreams". Eche hopes his generation will work together to find solutions for social problems and make a lasting impact. Follow his day today in our stories! #bgcboston #youthoftheyear
Due to the snow storm, all Clubs will be closed Monday, March 4. Stay safe!
Edgerley Family South Boston Club members take an overnight trip to the White Mountains, NH! Members spent Monday cross-country skiing and snow tubing. They had so much fun staying in a ski lodge with bunk beds and fireplaces! It was a great way to kick off February Vacation!
Happy Presidents Day! #BGCBoston
Remember @tombrady’s shaving at @gillette last week?! The Super Bowl Champion Shave-Off donation is making an immediate impact by allowing our Paul D. Buckley Swim Team to attend the National Meet in Tampa Bay, Florida! It will also allow the Club to hire more teens in our junior staff jobs program. Thanks so much for all that you do! Read more about our partnership with Gillette on our website, link in bio! #fbf #bgcboston
Look who made it to the Taj Mahal! #ExploreIndia
School-based Clubs (Condon, Hennigan, and Sumner) will be closed today, all other Clubs will close at 6 PM. For questions regarding closings, please check-in with your local Club. Stay safe!
On Thursday night, Club members attended the Boston @celtics vs. Lakers game. Not only did they watch a very exciting game, but they also got to stand on the court and high five the players! #GoCeltics
Our Yawkey Club of Roxbury Explore India teens have landed safely in Delhi! They will spend the next two weeks exploring the country. Stay tuned for more updates throughout the trip!
And the night is off to a great start!! #BGCBoston Annual Dinner
It was quite the morning @gillette today for our Edgerley Family South Boston Club!! Thank you for all your support! “BGCB is a favorite of our Pats organization and I know you all do a great job — I have many friends who have benefitted from your programs” @tombrady #bgcboston #patriots #tombrady #boston #gillette
FREE CLASS 🚨 Come support our Edgerley Family South Boston Club this Saturday and get a great @sweatfixx workout at the same time! The class is open to all levels at the South Boston location, Sweat Fixx Southie. All donations will go directly to the Club! Sign up today! http://www.sweatfixx.com/schedule/