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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Due to inclement weather, we will be closing the Clubs early. All sites will be closed by 6:00 pm and we are encouraging families to pick up their kids as soon as possible. Please contact your Clubhouse to coordinate pick-up times for your child.

Cat Pagan, Boys & Girls Academic Success and Workforce Readiness Director participated in the five-month Hartford Workforce Leader’s Academy with the United Way.
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