In honor of the life and legacy of NewAlliance Foundation board member William W. Bouton III, NewAlliance Foundation awarded a surprise $10,000 grant to support the Boys & Girls Club of New Haven, an organization demonstrating creativity and “out of the box” thinking in pursuit of its mission.
Prior to the Pandemic, Boys & Girls Club of New Haven’s after-school program served over 100 students daily from the end of the school day until 6:00pm, five days a week. Students were bussed directly from schools to three New Haven sites through a partnership with New Haven Public Schools.
In order to carry out their mission during the pandemic, the Boys & Girls Club re-imagined their services to address the unprecedented challenges caused by remote learning and social distancing.
From September 2020 – June 2021, they created and ran a full day, on-site Learning Hub—Monday through Friday. By keeping Club doors open, 72 children successfully accessed their remote learning and homework help with the support of Club staff and enjoyed after-school enrichment and fun with peers. Because of safety procedures developed in consultation with Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital, they did not have a single case of COVID-19 among students.
The Boys & Girls Club nearly closed its doors in October 2019, just 4 months before the coronavirus pandemic forced most organizations to shut their doors. With the direction of new management and tighter oversight by their Board of Directors, the Club is in the midst of a financial turnaround. Through the darkest days of the pandemic they stayed true to their mission and created new and innovative programs, realizing a dream to have meaningful academic impact on the children most affected by school closures and remote learning loss.