Our History

GoodWillClub_History.jpgDid you know that it all began right here in Hartford, CT?

Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford began in 1860 as the birthplace of the nationwide Boys & Girls Club movement. 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, so they organized the first Club in America. That day, a mission was born – and we’ve been fulfilling it ever since.

Today, more than 150 years and over 150,000 kids after our beginning, Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford still provides our youth the skills they need to succeed in life. As the specific needs of Hartford’s children have changed over time, our Clubs continue to inspire and enable young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens.

Trinity student, Elizabeth Gottung, wrote a research paper about the rich history of Boys & Girls Clubs in Hartford. Take a look!