Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford

The mission of Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.


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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.


For just $10 a year, our Clubs provide a safe place, caring mentors and access to opportunity in disadvantaged neighborhoods. From meal programs to arts to workforce development, we empower kids’ self-esteem and help them develop the tools and skills to become self-sufficient adults.

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, STEM education, and exposure to colleges and careers to build GREAT Futures.

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