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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On behalf of BGCH & the children impacted by our Clubs we thank our sponsors. Because of you members have a home away from home to focus on learning & thriving.

Thank you to our co-hosts from @espn @AntoniettaESPN @JayHarrisESPN for doing such an amazing job!! We appreciate you.

Thank you to everyone who attended our event tonight. Auction will be live until noon, Friday Sept.r 18th. Match for a Cause @hfdathletic items will stay live through Oct. 4th Bid on silent auction or make a donation text bgch2020 to 243725 Or visit https://one.bidpal.net/bgch2020/browse/featured