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The Club hosts weekly Zoom Workouts for members of the BGCNH basketball team. Despite COVID-19 we’re focused on ensuring that Club members are engaged and staying active throughout the day!


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Safety is the number one priority of Boys & Girls Clubs of New Haven, and we are doing everything possible to keep children, our staff, and volunteers protected from the COVID-19 virus. We continue to monitor all updates from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Connecticut State Department of Health for updated information. We are advising all of our staff, families, and youth members to take precautions recommended by the CDC, as well as providing additional resources like handwashing guides, at-home teaching resources and information about how to talk to young people about the spread of COVID-19 via our social media accounts: & We will continue to monitor the issue and will provide additional guidance to our community stakeholders as we learn more. As always, we place the safety of our youth and staff at the highest level. Sincerely, BGCNH Board Members and Staff


The Boys & Girls Club of New Haven offers boys and girls across the New Haven area a safe environment throughout the summer days to learn and have fun with kids their age! Whether it’s trips to the aquarium, visits from special guests, sports activities or games-room challenges, your child is sure to have a memorable summer.With summer right around the corner, be sure to sign up your child as openings fill quickly! Call (203) 787-0187 x16 or email to get in touch with our Director of Programs and Family Services, Chantel Gray regarding questions or for additional information about the summer camp.


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1st Annual Alumni Golf Tournament

Starting at 9am on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at the Hunter Golf Club in Meriden

 The Boys and Girls Club of New Haven is pleased to announce our 1st Annual Alumni Golf Tournament that will take place on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at the Hunter Golf Club in Meriden. This is an important event for the Club as it raises money to help us continue to serve over 1,300 youth every year through programs that focus on academic success, healthy lifestyles, and good character and leadership.

We will dedicate our inaugural Alumni Tournament to Mr. Tom Fleming, a longtime educator and Boys & Girls Club alumnus and supporter. Tom was a true mentor, coach and friend whose dedication to the youth of the New Haven community is unrivaled. A portion of the proceeds will fund scholarships to deserving New Haven students.  

The Boys & Girls Club of New Haven invites you to become a sponsor for this event. Sponsorship offers an excellent opportunity to increase visibility of your company with a prominent presence at the tournament. In return, your company will be recognized in a variety of ways and it will help one of the largest and oldest youth serving agencies in New Haven. A summary of the sponsorship opportunities and benefits is enclosed for your review.

Our programs serve a critical need in our community, helping young people navigate challenges and providing support to help them overcome daunting obstacles. As young people move from challenge-to-challenge, in their schools, neighborhoods and families, the Club stands as a consistent and nurturing presence. 

Help us continue to ensure that the next generation of young people can learn, have fun, be free to dream of the future and work to make those dreams come true at the Boys and Girls Club of New Haven.  

Sponsorship Opportunities

Title Sponsor – $2,500

2 Foursome – Eight (8) Golfers

Prominent Signage at the Clubhouse

Program Recognition

Prominent Signage at the Clubhouse

Social Media Recognition

Great Futures Sponsor – $1,500

Foursome – (4) Golfers

Prominent Signage at the Clubhouse

Program Recognition

Social Media Recognition

Alumni Sponsor – $1,000

Four golfers

Breakfast sponsorship recognition

Program recognition

Signage at breakfast


Cart Sponsor – $500 

Foursome – (4) Golfers

Program Recognition

Signage at the Clubhouse

Program Recognition

Gift Sponsor – $250 

Program Recognition

Gift display signage

Green Sponsor – $150

Signage on a green

Tee Sponsor $100 

Signage at a tee

Name for Signage ____________________________

Sponsorship _____________________________________

Name/Contact Person Business/ Organization/Group Name 


Street Address City                 State   ZIP

(________) ________-   ___________________ _________________________________________

Telephone E-mail

This completed form should be e-mailed or mailed to:

Stephanie Barnes –

Boys & Girls Club of New Haven 

253 Columbus Ave., New Haven, CT 06519      Checks should be made payable to Boys & Girls Club of New Haven

Deadline: 9/21/18


Golfer Registration 

Entry Fees

$125 p/person – Includes 18 Holes of golf, cart, refreshment and dinner 

Tournament will be played rain or shine, but may be cancelled in extreme weather conditions.

Entries with fewer than four players will be paired by the committee. 

Player 1 _____

name    email 

Player 2 ____ 

name    email

Player 3 ________

name    email

Player 4___________

name    email

Questions? Please contact Stephanie Barnes at or (203) 787.0187, x17


The BGCNH Basketball program made the front page of The New Haven Register!

“Boys & Girls Club of New Haven produces basketball players of character” – view the full article here



Ages 6-14 years. Mon-Fri 2:30pm-6pm. $100/month ($60 for each additional child). Limited Scholarships Available. Copies of physicals and immunizations required.

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

New Haven, Connecticut April 28, 2017 – Selected among five other outstanding youth, Z’hane has been named the Youth of the Year by Boys & Girls Club of New Haven for second timeThe Youth of the Year title is a prestigious honor bestowed upon an exemplary young person in recognition of leadership, service, academic excellence and dedication to live a healthy lifestyle. Now in its 70th year, 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. Z’hane will go on to vie for the Connecticut Youth of the Year title and a $5,000 college scholarship from Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

“I am honored to be selected again to serve as Youth of the Year for my Club.   I am looking forward to being a voice for my peers.”  Z’hane Ellison.   “The Youth of the Year candidates make me incredibly proud each year.  I know their stories and 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, CEO.

Z’hane has been a Club member at the Boys & Girls Club of New Haven for over three years.  Though she started off as a shy and reserved young lady, Z’hane has matured into a confident young woman.  “My experience at the Boys & Girls Club of New Haven continues to help my sisters and I grow and improve our leadership skills.”  Z’hane comes to the Club each day to mentor the younger members. She enjoys facilitating the Fashion Club, a fashion design workshop for Club members she created.  Z’hane is a committed member of the Keystone Club, which is a leadership program for teens which provides opportunities to participate in activities that focus on Academic Success, Career Preparation and Community Service.  Z’hane is a senior at Sound School in New Haven, where she continues to receive high honors.  She was recently accepted to several colleges and has decided to attend the University of New Haven in the Fall of 2017 to major in their Biology and Pre-Med program.

Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s National Youth of the Year recognition program is presented by Disney, who has supported the youth advocacy organization 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 dedicated to inspiring the next generations of engineers, thinkers and leaders who will help drive the American economy. Additional support is provided by University of Phoenix, a committed partner who has worked with Boys & Girls Clubs of America on many Academic Success initiatives, and the Taco Bell Foundation, Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s premier partner for teen empowerment.

If Z’hane Ellison wins at the state competition, 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 2017, to compete for the title of Boys & Girls Clubs of America’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.

For more information about the Youth of the Year program, visit

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 ( 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 and


New Haven Register- City Teen Named Youth of the Year for Boys & Girls Club of New Haven


Planet Fitness is proud to partner with Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), the nation’s leading youth development organization, supporting millions of kids and teens during the critical out-of-school time, and STOMP Out BullyingTM, the leading and most influential anti-bullying organization for kids and teens in the U.S., to make a meaningful impact on the lives of today’s youth. Our Club was featured in the anti-bullying movement PSA, click below to access video.

What is The Judgement Free GenerationTM?

The Judgement Free Generation is Planet Fitness’ philanthropic initiative designed to combat the judgement and bullying faced by today’s youth by creating a culture of kindness and encouragement.

Bullying has become all-too-common in today’s society, with 1 in 4 youth reporting that they’ve been bullied and parents of school-aged children citing it as their #1 concern. With our Judgement Free Zone® and No Gymtimidation® policies as a solid foundation, Planet Fitness is the perfect company to tackle this issue.



Today is #GivingTuesday! Did you know, that every gift donated directly impacts our youth?  A few examples are, free or reduced Club Memberships; access to great programs that teach, empower and inspire like Mentor2Win, Power Hour and Smart Moves, to name a few.  Join the movement TODAY to guide and assist our youth with building good character, leadership, and to promote healthier lifestyles. 

We encourage you to get involved with #GivingTuesday by donating today! We thank you for your generous donation! Donate Now