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ERIC Number: EJ985165
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jun-18
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Abstractor: ERIC
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ISSN: ISSN-1938-5978
Boys and Girls: Join the Club
D'Allesandro, Lou; Wool, Michael; McKenzie, Mary Alice
New England Journal of Higher Education, Jun 2012
Boys & Girls Clubs of America count 4,000 community-based clubs serving more than 4 million young people through membership and community outreach. They provide a safe place to spend time during non-school hours and the summer as an alternative to the streets or being home alone--a place to play, have fun and learn. Boys & Girls Clubs began in New England, when in 1860 three women in Hartford, Connecticut, organized the first club because they believed "boys who roamed the streets should have a positive alternative." Nearly 50 years later, several Boys Clubs decided to affiliate and the Federated Boys Clubs was formed in Boston with 53 member organizations. In 1990, the group's name was changed to Boys & Girls Clubs of America. The New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) sees New England's Boys & Girls Clubs as key potential partners to instill college aspirations and preparation among the young people who participate in activities at the venerable community organization. In this article, the authors take a closer look at the challenges and innovations at two New England Boys & Girls Clubs: (1) Boys & Girls Club of Manchester, New Hampshire; and (2) Boys & Girls Club of Burlington, Vermont.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New Hampshire; Vermont