Clubs celebrate 50 years serving youth and plans launch of “Here and Now” Mental Health and many other programming initiatives this year.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Stoneham & Wakefield opened its doors in Stoneham 50 years ago, and for the last five decades has been a safe place for local youth to learn, have fun, and build great futures. Beginning with one Clubhouse in Stoneham, the organization now operates two Club sites, two Teen Centers, two licensed child care facilities, a community boating program, and a public pool. To commemorate decades of positive impact on local youth, the organization announces a year-long celebration complete with new programs, club enhancements, events, and a mental health and wellness initiative that will benefit both youth members and their families.
“As we look back on our many years of serving the Stoneham and Wakefield communities, we also look ahead to ways that we can help even more members flourish in the future. We look forward to celebrating the accomplishments of Club members, staff, volunteers and everyone in the community who have supported and empowered our youth.” Adam Rodgers, Chief Executive Officer
The Boys & Girls Clubs is also launching a new “Here & Now” initiative designed to foster positive physical, mental, and emotional skill sets that help members grow, thrive, and succeed throughout their lives.
“The pandemic took a toll on children and families, many who are still dealing with its after-effects on their overall well-being. Through the launch of a number of programs, partnerships, activities, and amenities throughout 2023, we will be able to provide our members the very best safety and wellness support they deserve.”John Brinkman, Chief Operating Officer
Included in the early phases of the “Here and Now’ initiative is a new partnership that will introduce full-time, licensed clinician involvement with young people at the Clubs.
The Clubs also recently partnered with the Stoneham Public Schools to operate its after school program in all three elementary schools. In 2023, the Clubs will serve more children than ever before, with plans to expand more programs in surrounding communities. Its expanded summer program and after school offerings include innovative and engaging activities in STEM, sports, and creative arts.
The organization plans to announce a number of new happenings, upgrades, community events, and more throughout the year, while still offering its award winning afterschool and summer programs for local youth. Events planned include “Dodging Thru the Decades”, a five decade- themed Dodgeball fundraiser, the 50th Anniversary Gala, and various alumni events throughout the year.
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