About Us

About Us

Our Club
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.
 
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:

  1. Dedicated Youth Facility:The Boys & Girls Club is a place – an actual neighborhood-based building – designed solely for youth programs and activities.
  2. Open Daily: The Club is open every day, after school, when kids have free time and need positive, productive outlets.
  3. Professional Staff: Every Club has full- and part-time, trained youth development professionals, providing positive role models and mentors. Volunteers provide key supplementary support.
  4. Available/Affordable to All Youth: Membership dues are affordable. Clubs reach out to kids who may lack access to other community programs.