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When school’s out, the club is in!

EVERY DAY, 15.1 million kids are left unsupervised after school. The Boys & Girls Club of New Haven is there to provide kids with quality after-school programming to keep them on track to academic success, a healthy lifestyle and a GREAT FUTURE.

Our After School Program provides a safe, positive and educational environment where children spend their afternoons learning and growing. We have four sites located in different neighborhoods throughout New Haven. Below you will find flyers for each of our sites, for more information click on the flyer to enlarge image.

COLUMBUS SITE: Open to all families with-in the Greater New Haven Area.

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EASTVIEW SITE: Open to all families in the Fair Haven Heights Neighborhood.

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LINCOLN-BASSETT COMMUNITY SCHOOL SITE: Open to all families with children in grades K-2 attending Lincoln-Bassett.

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WESTROCK SITE: Open to all families in the Westville Neighborhood.

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We strive to provide a world-class Club Experience that assures success is within reach of every young person who walks through our doors, with all members on track to graduate from high school with a plan for the future, demonstrating good character and citizenship, and living a healthy lifestyle.

Success Equation

Academic Success + Healthy Lifestyles + Character & Citizenship =

Successful Kids & Positive Community IMPACT

For more information click on link below:

After-school Program

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Triple Play: A Game Plan for the Mind, Body and Soul is BGCA’s premier healthy lifestyles program focused on improving the health and wellness of our nation’s kids and teens. As the second-largest utilized program at Clubs across the Movement, Triple Play has a significant impact on our young people, giving them the tools and education they need to lead a life of wellbeing, setting them on a path to a great future.

Our club members here at the Boys & Girls Club of New Haven had a great time participating in #TriplePlayDay16 with our friends from Target, North Haven on Thursday, July 14, 2016.

 

 

Senators Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal visit the Boys & Girls Club of New Haven to kick-off Summer Camp and Summer Meals Program…

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New Haven Register:

http://www.nhregister.com/general-news/20160705/as-new-haven-summer-meals-program-launches-blumenthal-murphy-encourage-greater-participation

 

Boys & Girls Clubs of New Haven kids make the promise to graduate! Celebrating our 8th grade and high school graduates today! Next up high school, college and so much more!!! Keep soaring!!

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The Yale Glee Club partnered up with the Yale Alumni and the Yale Whiffenpoofs for a Sing-Off here at the Club last week during their Yale Day of Service!!

The Yale Glee Club has provided both individual and group mentoring by educating club members on the Art of singing. They are part of the clubs Mentor2Win program. Since November of last year, the Yale Glee Club has been coming the Boys & Girls Club every Friday between the hours of 2:30pm-4:30pm to provide both mentoring and musical instruction.

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The Boys & Girls Club of New Haven runs a state licensed full day summer camp for 5 to 14 year olds that includes swimming lessons, field trips, sports, games & recreation, book clubs theatre, photography and much more.

Summer Camp Flyer 2016- Columbus

We are excited to announce that we will continue to run Summer Brain Gain:

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Summer Brain Gain, Combating Summer Learning Loss

Summer Brain Gain is a fun, interactive learning program that addresses the issue of summer learning loss, which has a devastating effect on America’s kids, especially those who don’t participate in enriching summer activities.

IT ALL HAPPENS AT THE BOYS & GIRLS CLUB!!

For more information on our summer camp click HERE

 

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Did you know that 40% of our youth participants attend summer camp at no cost?

Last year the Boys & Girls Club of New Haven youth experienced a memorable summer and were exposed to brand new partnerships and field trips. All due to your generous donations to The Great Give 2015. This year our goal is to offer this wonderful experience to twice as many youth in New Haven for this year’s summer programs to promote a safe yet fun filled summer experience.

Only you can make this happen by making a contribution through The Great Give 2016. This is a perfect time to leverage your financial support. This online fundraising event leverages every dollar donated during the campaign.

Take action and please click on over to givegreater.org to make a donation now.

Thanks for making a difference.

 

 Come join us during Spring Break.

Hours of Operation: 8:30 AM- 5:30 PM

Locations:

Main Site- 253 Columbus Avenue (fee based)

Eastview Site- 185 Eastern Street (free)

Westrock Site- 295 Wilmot Road (free)

Please click on link below to download flyer:

Spring Break 2016 Flyer

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EXCEPTIONAL TEEN RECIEVES MOST PRESTIGIOUS HONOR; NAMED LOCAL YOUTH OF THE YEAR BY BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF NEW HAVEN

Z’hane Ellison set to receive college scholarship and vie for regional title this summer

New Haven, CT, March 17, 2016– Selected among several local outstanding youth, Z’hane will compete against other Boys & Girls Club members for the Connecticut Youth of the Year title and a $5,000 college scholarship from Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA). The Youth of the Year program honors our nation’s most awe-inspiring young people on their path to great futures and encourages all kids to lead, succeed and inspire. As the new Youth of the Year for New Haven, 16 year old Z’hane is a true example of an extraordinary young woman recognized by BGCA for her leadership, service, academic excellence and dedication to live a healthy lifestyle.

“The Youth of the Year candidates make me incredibly proud each year. I know their stories -how much each of them has overcome to reach their goals. It also highlights the impact of our work with youth and their families. The parents and staff are beaming with pride each year. These young people truly inspire all of us.” Stephanie Barnes, Executive Director.

LocalYOYEvent2016DSC_0436Z’hane has been a Club member at the Boys & Girls Club of New Haven for a little over two years. Though she started off as a shy and reserved young lady, Z’hane has matured into a confident young woman. “My experiences at the Boys & Girls Club of New Haven have helped me grow as a person and really learn to believe in myself.” As a counselor in training (C.I.T.) she began with the 7-8 year old group. She actively serves as a role model, mentor and homework helper. Recently, Z’hane was able to share her passion for fashion design with other members of the Club when she organized a Fashion Club at the Club. Z’hane is also a member of the Keystone Club, a leadership program for teens which provides opportunities to participate in activities that focus on Academic Success, Career Preparation and Community Service.

A junior at New Haven Academy, Z’hane has received honors this year and looks forward to challenging herself academically throughout high school. She is currently using the Fashion Club as the platform for her Senior Capstone Project for school. She strives to set an example for young children to overcome their insecurities and hopes to inspire them to never give up on their dreams.

Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s National Youth of the Year recognition program is presented by Disney, who has supported BGCA for more than 50 years, empowering young people to reach their full potential and providing youth with access to the tools they need to build the great futures they imagine. Toyota, the Signature Sponsor of Youth of the Year, is committed to helping improve the quality of life in our communities, and has demonstrated a strong commitment to ensuring youth have access to a quality education. Additional support is provided by University of Phoenix, a national education partner that has joined with BGCA to impact academic success among youth across the country, and the Taco Bell Foundation, BGCA’s premier partner for teen empowerment.

If Z’hane wins at the state competition scheduled to take place in Hartford, Connecticut on Thursday, April 28th, she will compete for the title of Northeast Region Youth of the Year and an additional $10,000 college scholarship, renewable for four years up to $40,000. Five regional winners will advance to Washington, D.C., in September 2016, to compete for the title of BGCA’s National Youth of the Year. The National Youth of the Year will receive an additional scholarship of $25,000, renewable each year up to $100,000 and will have the opportunity to meet with the President of the United States in the White House.

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For more information about the Youth of the Year program, visit http://www.youthoftheyear.org.

About The Boys & Girls Club of New Haven
The mission of the Boys & Girls Club of New Haven is to “Inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.” Its goal is to provide children and teens with a safe positive fun place to learn and grow. It seeks this goal and fulfills its mission through delivery of five major programs: After School, Summer Vacation Camp, The Club for Teens, Weekend Kids Club, and competitive Sports programs.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of America
For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (http://www.GreatFutures.org) has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, more than 4,100 Clubs serve nearly 4 million young people annually through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun, friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Priority programs emphasize academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 57 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at http://www.bgca.org/facebook and http://bgca.org/twitter.

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New Haven Register- “Distinction made me feel I can do anything”, said Z’hane Ellison

 

Our AAU basketball program offers an exceptional opportunity for boys from across the Greater New Haven metro area to sharply upgrade their game. “Our teams have competed on a regional and national level for years,” says Boys & Girls Club of New Haven’s Athletic Director Tharon Mayes, “That’s very prideful, but we are not only about basketball. Our AAU basketball program is committed to the academic success of our players.”

For Tryout information click on image below.

AAU TRYOUTS 2016

Mayes knows what it take to become a player-scholar athlete. Mayes was a star at Florida State University. Mayes remains one of the leading scorers in the schools history and was honored by an induction into the ACC Hall of Fame. After graduation, Mayes played in the NBA with the Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Clippers and then enjoyed a long professional career in Europe. He also played on the Boys & Girls Club of New Haven nationally-ranked AAU basketball teams back in the early1980’s.

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AAU Basketball is More Than Winning on the Court

The AAU basketball program at the Boys & Girls Club of New Haven reflects the Club’s broader goals of establishing healthy lifestyles and academic success.

While delivering an exceptionally high level of coaching for basketball skills and game strategy, the program requires that school report cards also are collected from all team members. “Doing well in school is part of the what’s required to be in our AAU basketball program,” says Mayes. “That not only opens the doors to more college scholarship opportunities. It also greatly expands the opportunities for great futures – in whatever our kids choose to do.”  Tutors and mentors are available to support all the children and teen participating in any of the Boys & Girls Club programming. The Club also coordinates with the child’s teachers.

“Our AAU kids now challenge each other for academic achievement, says Mayes. “School comes first. Not doing well in school? The player will not play until they do. Today, most of our players are A or B students.”

“Our mindset is not about going pro,” says Mayes, “but it is about creating great futures. Basketball can help our kids get into college, but the character building that we work towards helps them get the college degree that will give the opportunity to succeed wherever their interests or passions take them.”

For more information, contact Coach Mayes at: (203) 787-0187 or tharon.mayes@bgcnewhaven.org.

Also contact Coach Mayes if you are interested in developing an AAU basketball program for girls.

 

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