In 1926, we originally opened our doors as the Community Building Association. Today we have expanded our reach to some 2,000 youth each year in these two locations.
Our Boys & Girls Club is governed by a board of directors, which is led by Board President Susan M. DeLeon. Day-to-day operation is led by Executive Director Shaye A. Roscoe.
The Boys & Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley, Inc., is a drop-in program, chartered by Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and is exempt from state daycare license laws, as per State Statute Section 528 Subsection (b) of section 19a-77(7), like schools and recreation departments.
The Club is a non-profit 501(c)(3), private organization for dues-paying members. Memberships are required to use the Club facilities.
Boys & Girls Clubs of America
The Boys & Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley is part of a national network of affiliated Clubs. The national organization, Boys & Girls Clubs of America,began in 1860 with several women in Hartford,CT. Believing that boys who roamed the streets should have a positive alternative, they organized the first Club.
In 1906, several Boys Clubs decided to affiliate. The Federated Boys Clubs in Bostonwas formed with 53 member organizations–this marked the start of a nationwide Movement.
In 1931, the Boys Club Federation of America became Boys Clubs of America.
In 1956, Boys Clubs of America celebrated its 50th anniversary and received a U.S. Congressional Charter.
To recognize the fact that girls are a part of our cause, the national organization's name was changed to Boys & Girls Clubs of America in 1990. Accordingly, Congress amended and renewed our charter.
Why Boys & Girls Clubs Are Special
Four key characteristics define the essence of a Boys & Girls Club. All are critical in exerting positive impact on the life of a child:
Dedicated Youth Facility:The Boys & Girls Club is a place – an actual neighborhood-based building – designed solely for youth programs and activities.
Open Daily: The Club is open every day, after school, when kids have free time and need positive, productive outlets.
Professional Staff: Every Club has full- and part-time, trained youth development professionals, providing positive role models and mentors. Volunteers provide key supplementary support.
Available/Affordable to All Youth: Membership dues are affordable. Clubs reach out to kids who may lack access to other community programs.