To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Stoneham & Wakefield’s mission is: "To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens."
We are part of a nationwide movement of community-based, autonomous organizations - the Boys & Girls Clubs of America - working to help youth of all backgrounds develop the qualities needed to become responsible citizens and leaders.
Since 1973 we have offered daily access to a broad range of programs developed and tested by the Boys & Girls Club of America in five core areas:
1) Character and Leadership Development,
2) Education and Career Development,
3) Health and Life Skills,
5) Sports and Recreation,
As well as other specialized initiatives.
We maintain a very affordable membership of $25 for the entire year, which is substantially lower than all after-school programs in the community. Meanwhile, we are offering in-depth programming that costs $750 per child.
In 2016 we served over 1,500 children, in 2017 we served approximately 2,100 children, and in 2018 we served nearly 5,000 children. Currently, our Clubs serve over 300 children a day.
Recent accomplishments include investing in capital & staff at all levels including a teen director, teen center, program director, & social worker. We brought in more Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM) programs from teaching young children carpentry to buildings computers. This also included launching a series of Girls STEAM and empowerment initiatives, increasing the number of young women interested in those fields. We're expanding social work programs such as Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT), food insecurity programs, as well as family outreach programs.
We aim to provide a safe environment where children and adolescents are provided an opportunity to learn, develop, and are ultimately inspired to be the best that they can be. Our facilities are designed for youth and our staff is trained to offer high impact, fun, and safe programming for Club members between the ages of 7 and 18 years old. Our Clubs are open Monday through Friday after school, and Saturdays as well. In the summer, we operate Hall Memorial Pool, as well as an Open Parks programs.
Every year that we’ve asked you to help our Clubs, you’ve responded generously. In exchange, our staff has met the aggressive goals our local youth deserve.
In 2016, we asked you to support new programs preparing local youth with the skills to thrive in the economy of tomorrow. You donated, and we recruited staff and created programs that cultivate traits like resourcefulness, adaptability, and creativity.
In 2017, we asked for funding to create programs in science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics and for families detrimentally affected by the opiate crisis such as grandparents raising again. Again, you supported us, and we now have daily technology classes, music classes, and new support services
from emergency financial aid to support groups for a variety of issues.
In 2018, we were confronted with an incredible challenge. As of our population grew to over 300 children a day, our services and space had to expand or else we would have to cap the number of members we let into our Clubs. As always, you responded and because of you there is no cap and we are serving more members than ever
In 2019, we will make significant capital investments so that the quality of our facilities will match the quality of programs. But, as always, we need your help to do just that.
In Stoneham, we will upgrade our current facilities expanding space for early education, teen specialty programming, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and music) Clubs, and much more.
In Wakefield, we will create a permanent home with performing arts spaces, a dynamic teen center, early education center, and much more.