Mission & History

 Mission & History

Our Mission

To nurture strong minds, healthy bodies and community spirit through youth driven, quality programming in a safe and fun environment.

Our History

The Boys & Girls Club of Brockton (BGCB) was founded in 1990 to create a positive place for the youth of Brockton, Massachusetts. It immediately met a need in the community; in the first year alone, 500 youth ages 8-18 signed up as Club members. In the more than 25 years since, the Club has expanded its scope exponentially by offering a mix of Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) nationally developed programs and activities unique to our Club. Since our founding, more than 20,000 Brockton youth have been welcomed through our doors. Today we serve more than 1,500 boys and girls ages 5-18 annually through our academic year and summertime programming. 

 

WHY THE BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF BROCKTON?

The Boys & Girls Club Movement holds an intrinsic belief that every child in America deserves an equal chance to pursue the American Dream, to have a genuine opportunity to realize their full potential – to achieve a Great Future. Throughout our 155-year history, Clubs have sought to provide children with hope and the opportunity to pursue their dreams. Our long-term commitment and passionate desire to make a difference have enabled the Boys & Girls Club Movement to grow from 53 Clubs in 1906, to 1,000 Clubs in 1972, to 2,000 Clubs in 1998, to 4,200 Clubs today.

At the Boys & Girls Club of Brockton we work to provide all of our members with high-quality programming that is safe, fun, and makes a measurable difference, with an ultimate goal of imparting to them the skills needed to achieve success in the 21st century. We recognize that no single organization can provide everything needed to enable youth to succeed, and so the Boys & Girls Clubs is constantly working to forge dynamic partnerships with local schools, community organizations, and coalitions to maximize our collective resources and the ultimate impact we make in the lives of the young people we serve. 

Our Club is committed to developing our community’s youth by instilling a sense of:

Competence – Our members feel proud and confident when they can demonstrate new knowledge or skills acquired through participation in regularly scheduled Club programs.

Usefulness – Our members derive satisfaction and fulfillment knowing that they can contribute and provide something valued by others through the completion of community service projects or by helping out around the Club.

Belonging – Our members recognize that they are a part of something bigger than they are. Here, they belong to a community and they have opportunities to join teams and peer groups.

Power and influence – Our members know that their opinions are heard and that they can have the ability to influence others by assuming leadership positions within groups, by helping to develop a new Club program, and as role models for younger members.
Our Membership

Gender
Male: 59%
Female: 41%

Age
5-12 year olds: 75%
13-18 year olds: 25%

Ethnicity
African American: 39%
Cape Verdean: 19%
Multiracial: 14%
Haitian: 10%
Hispanic: 10%
Caucasian: 6%
Asian: 1%
Other: 1%

OUR IMPACT 

Our Club is located in Brockton, Massachusetts, a city of 95,000 south of the Greater Boston area. For decades, Brockton has been one of the most economically disadvantaged cities in the Commonwealth. Our Club is located within a geographic area that has an ADA Disadvantage Index rating of 9 out of the maximum 10. This index measures poverty level, crime rates, and other barriers that inhibit children and their families from succeeding. 

Many Brockton families struggle to put food on the table, gain steady employment, or afford key essentials. Families face the difficult task of having to cut ‘extras’ from their budget, which can include after-school programs and college preparation outside of what school provides. In many cases, our members come to us having the desire to set and achieve goals but lacking the skills or support services needed to do so. 

Our Club provides a critical solution to this problem by inspiring our kids, raising expectations, and providing opportunities for educational support to ensure that our kids can succeed, regardless of their life circumstances. Crucially, we provide our programs and services for a yearly membership fee of just $30 per child. 

BGCB By the Numbers

  • Members Served Annually: 1,500+
  • Our Club ADA (average daily attendance): 200+
  • Hours of Educational Programming Offered Annually: 1,000+
  • Healthy Meals Served to Youth Annually: 40,000+
  • Community Service Hours Performed by Members: 2,000+
  • Hours Members Spend in Homework Help Programming Annually: 10,000+
  • Hours of Service by Volunteers from our community to our Club: 5,000+ 
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