Our History

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford is the birthplace of the nationwide Boys & Girls Club movement.

The country’s first Club, the Dashaway Club, was founded in Hartford in 1860 when four women, Mary Goodwin, Alice Goodwin, Elizabeth Hammersley and Louisa Bushnell, believed that boys who roamed the streets should have a positive, healthy place to live and grow.

From its humble beginnings, Boys & Girls Clubs has grown to become the largest youth organization in America, serving more than 4.2 million young people in over 4,000 clubs nationwide.

Today, nearly 160 years later, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford still builds the values, character and and skills our youth need to succeed in in the 21st Century. We provide academic assistance, leadership development, access to technology and exposure to colleges and careers to build GREAT Futures.

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Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford condemns any act of racism or discrimination. We advocate for youth to have the same opportunities and encourage young people to harness the power of their voice. We believe it is critical for us to speak up and take action.

As a city, we can and must demand change to support black people and anyone who faces, systemic prejudices. Together we must listen and take action To ensure the future is great for the millions of kids that are counting on us.
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BGCH condemns racism/discrimination.We advocate 4 youth to have the same opportunities & encourage the power of voice. We must demand change to support systemic prejudices. 2gether we ensure the future is great for the millions of kids that are counting on us.
#blacklivesmatter

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