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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Give gifts while giving back to Hartford kids this holiday season.
Check out our online LEGO Auction to benefit our Clubs.

Bidding opens at Midnight on Black Friday, November 27, runs through
#GivingTuesday, December 1, at 8:00pm.

We have a wide range of LEGO items available: The Mandalorian, Lamborghini, Harry Potter's Diagon Alley, The White House, and much more.

To preview our LEGO auction items go to our bidpal site: one.bidpal.net/bgchgivtue2020/browse/all

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The Dashaway Luncheon was a success! over 239 viewers!! Click below to watch -Dr. Joanne Berger-Sweeney, of @trinitycollege SMART Girl of the Year Ma'Layasyia Thompson (skip to 12:50)
You are guaranteed to feel inspired!
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Since we can’t do our annual Thanksgiving Feast, we are so grateful for our #communitypartners in helping get turkeys, potatoes, onions, and more to our amazing families!! 🦃🍗🧅🍽 @BGCHartford @GiftsofLoveCt @foodshare @HartfordSuper