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When School’s out, clubs are in! 
Winter Happenings 2015

Annual Board Meeting
At our Annual Board Meeting in early December, we recognized three community partners that have helped Club kids achieve success in our ‘three priority outcome’ areas. We thank them once again for their hard work and dedication!
  • Academic Success:

    Quinnipiac University

  • Healthy Lifestyles:

    Cornell Scott Hill Health Center

  • Character & Leadership:

    Arabic Temple #40

National Mentoring month
During the month of January, we kicked off a campaign to recruit new mentors for youth across the Greater New Haven Area. These mentors will help children in need to build character and confidence, expand their horizons, and become contributing members of our community.

Check out our latest Mentoring PSA:

Mentoring Works!


As always, our annual Soccer Partnership with Southern Connecticut State University was a huge success. The Women’s Soccer Team ran skills & drills with club members ages 5-14, working on both soccer skills and teamwork.


New Haven Police Officers visited the Club and spoke to Club Members on the topic of “Building Positive Relationships with Law Enforcement.” This event was made possible through a collaboration between Boys & Girls Club of New Haven and New Haven’s Prince Hall Shrinners of Arabic Temple No. 40, 





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Our members received a profound history lesson on MLK DAY when the Club sponsored a trip to view the movie SELMA at the Criterion Cinemas in downtown New Haven.


Board Members were invited to meet Club Members and participated in an evening of games, including ping pong, billiards, air hockey and board games.


Lincoln-Bassett Club Members were invited to Southern Connecticut State University to watch the Women’s Basketball Team play against the University of New Haven. S.C.S.U. graciously welcomed us by naming the Boys & Girls Club of New Haven as their guest of honors. The kids had a fabulous time!


Next Week: Thursday, February 26, 2015

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The Mentoring Effect “Impact on Young Men of Color”


SAVE THE DATE- Saturday, March 28, 2015

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3 ON 3 Believers Basketball Challenge


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Club members were given the opportunity to shop for the Holidays with local law enforcement in hopes to strengthen the relationships between police officers and children from the neighborhoods they serve and protect. Club members met their “partner” over a meal at the Bear & Grill in Orange, CT, visited with Santa and followed the police procession to the Milford Target to shop for themselves, their families and a child that their “partner” has identified as a disadvantaged from the service area of the officer. Through REACH’s very generous sponsors, the kids purchased a gift, shopped for their family and shopped for another child. Teaching the children to help others is a selfless act and sends a very strong message.  Generosity is something the Boys & Girls Club of New Haven and REACH feel should be instilled in every child.


To view news clip click on link below:

Shop With A Cop- News Clip

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The Boys & Girls Club of New Haven is highlighted in The Community Fund for Women & Girls, Winter Newsletter for Healthy Lifestyles. The Boys & Girls Club of New Haven (BGCNH) has been a vital source of youth education for over a century. The Community Fund to awarded the BGCNH with a $3200 grant for the Triple Play Leadership Club. The Triple Play Club educated 47 girls ages 10-18 on nutrition, fitness, and character, and encouraged those girls to share that knowledge with others.

To read more click on link below.

The Community Fund for Women & Girls, Winter Newsletter

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The Boys & Girls Club of New Haven (BGCNH) will convene its Annual Meeting on Friday, Dec. 5th, 8:30am – 10am at the Club, 253 Columbus Ave., New Haven, CT.   BGCNH exists to provide educational and enrichment programs for children and families, especially those from underserved neighborhoods.  For over 140 years, the Boys & Girls Club of New Haven has served the children of New Haven and we continue to address the need for quality out-of-school time activities and programs for children and youth in our community. BGCNH supports families in nurturing children and youth and assisting them in mastering academic skills and gaining essential life skills, health and wellness information, and developing self-esteem.


In addition to comprehensive programming provided our main site in the Hill neighborhood, the Club provides afterschool and summer camp programs in two Housing Authority communities, Eastview and West Rock.  Just this past October, we took another important step.  We are now providing K-2 after school programs at the Lincoln-Bassett Community School in the Newhallville neighborhood.  In the past 4 years, BGCNH has nearly doubled its capacity.  In 2015, BGCNH will support over 1000 children in New Haven.  By 2018, we seek to serve over 2000 children in the Greater New Haven area.


To that end, the Club will launch the “Great Futures Campaign” during the Annual Meeting.  The campaign is a 3-year effort to support continued expansion, enhance programs and deepen our impact for New Haven’s most vulnerable young people.


The Club will also recognize community partners that have helped Club members achieve success in three priority areas this past year. They include:

  • Academic Success Partner – Quinnipiac University
  • Healthy Lifestyles Partner – Cornell Scott Hill Health Center
  • Good Character & Leadership Partner – Arabic Temple #40


For more information about the Boys & Girls Club of New Haven’s Annual Meeting please visit or call (203)787-0187.


About the Boys & Girls Club of New Haven

The Boys & Girls Club of New Haven is one of the largest youth serving organizations in the city, serving nearly 1,000 children and youth each year.  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. The Club provides programs for children and teens ages 5 to 18, including an After School Program, Summer Vacation Camp, and “The Club” for teens.  BGCNH staff members ensure the delivery of programs that are based on youth development principles that encourage competence, usefulness, belonging and influence Core program activity includes Fitness and Recreation, Character and Leadership Development, Education and Career Development, Health and Life Skills, and the Arts, as well as computer technology. In addition, the Club conducts an extensive program of team sports for children and teens.

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We are extending and enriching after school programs at Lincoln-Bassett Community School in the Newhallville section of New Haven. Approximately 100 additional K through 2 children will be served by BGCNH at this site. BGCNH is proud to participate in Lincoln-Bassett’s initiative to make this school a true community school with aspiration to revitalize the Newhallville community.

Lincoln-Bassett is part of a state-sponsored initiative that establishes schools as community hubs, accessible to children and families, including during evenings and weekends. Lincoln-Bassett is creating community partnerships to develop a unified focus on academics, services, supports and opportunities that lead to improved student learning, stronger families and healthier communities. A key part of this effort includes optional before and after-school programs that provide extensive developmental support.

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Partnering for After School Programs at Lincoln-Bassett

In recent years, we have collaborated with the Housing Authority of the city of New Haven to deliver after school and summer camp programs beyond our main club house in the Hill Section. We now serve children, many who are at risk, in the Authority’s West Rock and Eastview Terrace communities. We are pleased to report contract extensions for another 3 years. In 2015, we will be serving over 1000 children at our 4 sites – that’s a new milestone for us!.

While working closely with Lincoln-Bassett’s staff, we also will be collaborating with other organizations including the Boost! initiative, a United Way facilitated and managed effort, and the Connecticut Center for Arts & Technology (ConnCat).


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When school’s out, clubs are 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 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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Our Clubs Launch the Great Futures Campaign

On Thursday July 31st, Boys & Girls Clubs of New Haven joins Boys & Girls Clubs across the nation to launch the Great Futures Campaign, which seeks to ensure that every child and teen has access to a safe place after school and during the summer, where they can acquire the knowledge, skills and positive behavior to put them on the path for success.

Every day, 15 million kids across America leave school with no place to go, putting them at risk of being unsupervised, unguided and unsafe. The Great Futures Campaign is an unprecedented initiative to mobilize our country to reverse the negative trends facing America’s youth and raise awareness about the impact of Clubs and the critical role of Out-of-School Time.

As a leading advocate for New Haven’s youth, Boys & Girls Clubs of New Haven is committed to ensuring that every child has access to a safe place after school and during the summer where they can build the knowledge, skills and behaviors to put them on the path to a Great Future.

But we need your help. Now more than ever, we need your support to ensure New Haven’s children and teens receive the mentoring and education necessary to reach their full potential. To learn more about the Great Futures Campaign. visit

DONATE: Your gift today will help us provide the life-changing programs and guidance that makes our Club successful. Working together, we can reach the next generation of youth who will transform themselves, their communities, and New Haven for the better. Learn more.

VOLUNTEER: The Boys & Girls Club of New Haven offers volunteer opportunities for you to become involved and help shape the future of our community. Learn more.

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Goodbye Spring!

See some of the highlights from the first week of

the Summer Fun and Learning Program.

 Session 1, Week 1Our fun-packed opening week included trips to Chuck E Cheese, Monkey Joe’s, Roller Magic, Rocky Neck Beach and Lighthouse Point, a visit from WTNH Storm Team 8, as well as swimming lessons, Zumba and our newest initiative…….SUMMER BRAIN GAIN!

Why are we unique!

Answering the tough questions  Members enjoyed a visit from the WTNH Weather Lab, and started their summer learning with  icebreaker activities.
It’s a bird, it’s a plane,it’s super…!


 Fly like a butterfly,sting like a bee  Our five and six-year-olds crafted their own superhero outfits, while the older boys learned boxing techniques.




See some of the highlights from the SECOND week of

the Summer Fun and Learning Program

 Session 1, Week 2Our second week continued the fun with trips to the Maritime Aquarium, Rocky Neck Beach, Hammonasett State Park and Lighthouse Point, a visit from WTNH Storm Team 8, as well as swimming lessons, DoSo Guitar Lessons,Summer Brain Gain, and a new project…Be Great Gardeners!

“Be Great” Gardeners dig in to some yard work, supported by the Urban Resources Initiative (URI)

The kids show meteorologist Erika Martin some love   A dozen 9-10 year old’s planted flowers around the Clubhouse, while older members received a visit from the WTNH Storm Team/Weather Lab.
                                               Club members learned how to Tee Off thanks tothe First Tee of CT Program Beware of Jaws… Maritime Shark Exhibit   Members learned the basics of Golf, and experienced first hand what it’s like to be inside a shark proof cage.



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Summer Brain Gain – Session 1 Re-cap

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Summer Brain Gain – A Recap of Week 1 & 2All members of the Boys & Girls Club of New Haven’s Summer Fun and Learning Program participated in the first two weeks of Summer Brain Gain, a series of lessons that support summer learning.  

   Week 1

Each group, from 5-6 year olds to 11-14 year olds, began the first week with a lesson centered on the question: what makes you unique? Standing in a circle, our members each had an opportunity to share an interesting fact about themselves, as well as practice their public-speaking skills. What a way to break the ice!

Continuing with the theme of self-expression, our youngest members created their own superhero costumes to represent themselves. They proudly modeled their paper-plate masks and paper-tissue outfits for other club members and staff.


Week 2

During our second week, our Summer Brain Gain lessons shifted to the theme of motion, energy, and machines. After viewing and discussing a series of videos about inventions that capture kinetic energy from different types of human motion — from jumping to spinning — our 9-14 year olds shared inventions they would implement in their home. Our 9-14 boys later participated in a game of “Human Machine” Charades, where small groups used their bodies and sound effects to act out the function of different machines — from a popcorn-maker to a windmill.




Chrisma Phillips, Summer Brain Gain Coordinator with Teens

Stay tuned …


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New Haven- Golf Tournament

Great futures start at the Boys & Girls Club.

The club is a safe place for kids… a place where they can have fun, be free to dream of the future and work to make those dreams come true.

Our dedicated staff strives to provide a worldclass 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.

By sponsoring or playing in this year’s golf tournament, you will become part of a winning team – the Kids, the Club and You – working together to brighten their lives – today and tomorrow.

Monday, August 18, 2014
New Haven Country Cub (160 Hartford Turnpike, Hamden CT.)
Registration & Breakfast 9 AM
Shotgun Start 10:30 AM
Cocktails & BBQ, raffle, silent auction & presentation of prizes 3:30 PM

We would like to thank our event sponsors:

Chubb Group
People’s United Bank
Milford Bank
Yale- New Haven Hospital
Olympia Properties
Connecticut Distributors Inc.
EIS Wire & Cable
Industrial Heater Corporation
Total Quality Corporation
Flaherty Legal Group
Judge Gordon
Thornton Grant
PTA Corporation
Arnold’s Jewelers
Jim Fleming
Moroso Performance Products
Tzedakah House
The Pimentel Family
Michael and Gail D’Addio
Register Now
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