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 4.6 million young people in over 4,738 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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Last night we hosted our Great Futures Open House Celebration. Thank you to our partner organizations, supporters, donors & attendees for a transformational evening. You are Opening up Possibilities for Hartford Youth. There is still time to #donate: https://one.bidpal.net/bgch2022/browse/donation

Today, R+C is pleased to sponsor the "GREAT Futures Celebration" hosted by @BGCHartford. This event will celebrate the organization's successes and honor the 2022 Youth of the Year. R+C’s Andrew DePeau is a member of the Board of Trustees for the BGCH. https://bit.ly/39cd02Z