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During Spring Break Club members of the Boys & Girls Club of New Haven visited the University of New Haven Campus! As part of UNH Students Adolescent Development Service Learning Course they were tasked with welcoming 22 club members from the Boys & Girls Club – Columbus Avenue Site to UNH.

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Club members arrived at 9 AM and began their day by being paired up with a college student. There were roughly 40 people in  the first class, the topic was about morality and why teens engage in destructive behaviors, at times. Our kids had a lot to say and it was an energizing class.

After lunch and various student activities. Amanda Bozack, Associate Professor of Education met up with everyone at 3:00 PM for departure. Some of the students she worried most about in her class were the ones who’d clearly had the best day–they felt like they made a real contribution and were sad to see the kids go. “One young man made quite an impression last year and he was back again, clearly pleased that I’d remembered him. I’m fortunate to get to see all of these students, club members and UNH students, rise to the occasion; it’s truly the highlight of my spring semester” said Amanda Bozack, PhD. Associate Professor of Education. “To the Boys & Girls Club, thank you for working so hard to help build strong foundations in the New Haven youth and for helping them see possibilities for themselves that they may not have otherwise.”

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On behalf of the Boys & Girls Club of New Haven, we would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who came out to support our 2nd Annual 3 on 3 Believers’ Basketball Challenge. This past Saturday, March 28th during “National Boys & Girls Club Week” fourteen teams comprised of 58 players not only competed for the Championship title and a $500 cash prize but most importantly to help the Club open doors to Great Futures for New Haven’s most vulnerable youth. A BIG thank you to our sponsors for supporting our 2nd Annual 3 on 3 Believers’ Basketball Challenge. Through your generosity, community members were able to win some cool raffle prizes. We were also able to provide family members and friends in attendance a day full of action & entertainment. As the day went on, the players intensified their game on the court and the real challenge began! This event would not have been a success with out you all.SPONSORS!
* Adelman Law Office
* Go To Services
* YALE University- Office of New Haven & State Affairs
* Cornell Scott Hill Health Center
* Licari, Walsh & Sklaver, LLC
* The Mickelson Group
* Chubb
* The United Way of Greater New Haven
Congratulations to the 2nd Annual 3 on 3 Believers’ Basketball Challenge Champions, “Guilford-East Haven“.BGCNH- 3 on 3

Photographs from the event below….

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Kelcey Perez 2015 YOY


Kelcey Perez Will Compete for State Title and Scholarship

New Haven, CT, March 26, 2015 – Selected among several local outstanding youth, Kelcey Perez will compete against other outstanding Boys & Girls Club members from across the state for the Connecticut Youth of the Year title and a $5,000 scholarship and advance to regional competitions. Regional winners receive an additional $10,000 college scholarship, renewable for four years up to $40,000. Six youth, including five regional winners and a military and a military winner, advance to the National Youth of the Year competition for a chance at an additional scholarship of $25,000, renewable up to $100,000 for four years. The National Youth of the Year represents all Boys & Girls Club youth.

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Kelcey with Governor Dan Malloy and Representative Toni E. Walker

Being named Youth of the Year is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Club member can receive. As Boys & Girls Club of America’s premier youth recognition program, Youth of the Year recognizes outstanding contributions to a member’s family, school, community and Boys & Girls Club, as well as how they have overcome personal challenges and obstacles. Youth of the Year encourages Club members to reach their full potential by achieving academic success, leading healthy lifestyles and contributing to their communities. Youth of the Year honorees are shining examples and living proof that great futures start at Boys & Girls Clubs.

“The Youth of the Year candidates make me incredibly proud each year. I know their stories -how much each of them have 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.” Carlos Collazo, Director of Program Services & Operations.

Kelcey has been a club member at the Boys and Girls Club of New Haven for a little over two years. Though she started off as a shy and reserved young lady, Kelcey has matured into a confident young woman. “My experiences at The Boys and Girls Club of New Haven have helped me grow as a person and have given me a chance to be a role model to the younger generation.” Kelcey began as a member of the 11-14 year old girls group and now spends her time volunteering with the 7-8 year old group. She actively serves as a role model, mentor and homework helper. Recently, Kelcey was able to share her passion for dance with other members of the club when she choreographed a piece for the 7-8 girls for Black History Month. Kelcey 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 freshman at New Haven Academy, Kelcey has received honors this year and looks forward to challenging herself academically through out high school. She is currently working on a project that allows her to work with children and provide assistance with keeping the community garden fresh as well as planting new vegetation. 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.

The State Competition will be held on Wednesday, May 6th and 7th at the State Capitol. Let’s wish Kelcey the best of luck at the State Competition!!

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More Teens are trying E-cigarette products at alarming rates, even as scientists increasingly raise concerns about the negative effects these products have on youth. The battery-operated units contain cartridges filled with nicotine, flavor and other chemicals, which are heated to create a vapor inhaled by the user.

We are inviting Teens to come visit the Boys & Girls Club of New Haven on Wednesday, March 18th to attend our Be Smart, Don’t Start – E-Cigarette Forum. The Forum is scheduled to run from 6-7:30PM at the main site (253 Columbus Avenue). Light refreshments will be included.

Our guest speaker, Suchitra Krishnan-Sarin will discuss the potential health effects e-cigarettes will have on our young people.


Dr. Suchitra Krishnan-Sarin is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine. Her research is focused on developing a bio-behavioral understanding of substance use behaviors in adult and adolescent substance users, with the goal of developing optimal prevention and cessation interventions. In the area of adolescent tobacco use, she has conducted qualitative research including focus groups and surveys to understand patterns and perceptions of use of tobacco products, clinical trials to develop and test the use of novel behavioral and pharmacological cessation and prevention interventions, and experimental evaluations of behavioral and neural predictors of use and cessation behaviors. Because of her expertise in youth tobacco use behaviors, she has contributed to the Surgeon General’s report on “Preventing Tobacco Use among Young People” and also serves as a member of the FDA’s Tobacco Product Scientific Advisory Committee. Dr. Krishnan-Sarin is the Co-PI on the Yale Tobacco Centers Of Regulatory Science which is using a multidisciplinary approach to understand the role of flavors in tobacco and nicotine addiction.

Thank your for your ongoing support,

Stephanie Barnes, Executive Director

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The Boys & Girls Club of New Haven is excited to announce our second annual Believers’ 3-On-3 Basketball Challenge, this time with lower entry fees and a $500 Grand Prize! The event will take place on Saturday, March 28, 2015 from 8 AM-5 PM at our main Clubhouse. A “Sports Lounge” will be set up at the Club broadcasting NCAA games throughout the duration of the event so you don’t miss any of the action. This is an important event for the Club as it raises money to help us continue to serve hundreds of youth every year in our effective out-of-school time programs that focus on academic success, healthy lifestyles, and good character and citizenship. Registration is only $25 per person and comes with a free #GreatFuturesBeliever t-shirt and game-day refreshments.

Believers Can Win Two Ways

First, teams will compete in the 3-on-3 Believers Basketball Challenge on Saturday, March 28, 2015. Each team will be scheduled for a friendly warm-up game and a first round elimination game. Winning teams will move through the brackets to the finals and a chance to win the $500 Grand Prize.

Second, teams will compete in fundraising efforts. Once you register, you and your teammates will be able to use FirstGiving’s online platform to fundraise for the Boys & Girls Club of New Haven’s Great Futures initiative. Winners will receive a fabulous prize and be honored on the day of the event!


Additionally, we are still looking for sponsors for the event. Sponsors can receive various level of recognition for their participation, and are of course welcome to field teams of their own!

3 on 3 Sponsorship Information

So what’s the next step? Assemble a team, create your own page on FirstGiving, and share the link with your friends and family to support you as you compete for a fantastic cause. Hope to see all you believers on the courts!


Tournament Format and Rules


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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.


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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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