To help provide child care and remote learning support, the Club launched a new full day program this falll. Youth can access computers and WiFi to connect to public schools, receive SEL support services, and transition to our traditional afterschool and enrichment activities at the end of the school day. Click here to learn more!

To help provide child care and remote learning support, the Club launched a new full day program this falll. Youth can access computers and WiFi to connect to public schools, receive SEL support services, and transition to our traditional afterschool and enrichment activities at the end of the school day. Click here to learn more!

Amidst a global pandemic, social injustice unrest, and unfolding economic crisis, the vast majority of public schools in Western MA have now adopted remote learning platforms. Keeping young people on track academically now means clearing major hurdles unlike ever before – logging on to the virtual classroom and having proper food and nutrition each day.

Boys & Girls Club of Greater Holyoke is doing whatever it takes to provide support services for our youth. As more students than ever face academic challenges and a myriad of related issues, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Holyoke has launched a full-day child care and learning pod program where a designated group of kids can safely access computers and receive support from Club staff, all while learning and playing at a distance from each other. Club staff provide social, emotional and learning support throughout the virtual school day and transition to traditional Boys & Girls Club afterschool programming and enrichment activities in the afternoon.

Program hours are Monday through Friday from 7:30am to 5pm and breakfast as well as lunch is provided. Click here to learn more about the program! or contact Ann Mann at or 413-534-7366 ext. 126 to place your child on the wait list.

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Child Safety is Job #1

Ensuring the safety of children is fundamental to the mission of Boys & Girls Clubs.

 

 

Safety is Our Number One Priority

At Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Holyoke, there is nothing more important than the safety of our youth members. We work every day to create a safe, fun environment, so kids can have every opportunity to be successful in life.

We do not tolerate inappropriate behavior of any kind, including child sexual abuse or misconduct. From strict adherence to policies and guidelines within Club facilities and staffing structure, to equipping young people with the critical thinking and social-emotional skills to make healthy, safe choices, ensuring Club members are safe is the first step to their success. We comply with federal, state and local safety laws, including those impacting facilities and vehicles.

For the over 3,000 young people who enter the doors of a Boys & Girls Club of Greater Holyoke each year, Clubs offer safe, inclusive spaces and experiences that empower members’ learning and growth. Our data shows our approach works:


Club teens are more likely to abstain from health-risk behaviors like alcohol and smoking than their peers nationally.*

 

Clubs provide safety, mentorship and a sense of community during the critical out-of-school hours. 54% of Club alumni said the Club “saved my life."**

 

Clubs help build a sense of civic responsibility and leadership. In fact, 83% of Club members believe they can make a difference in their communities and 89% stand up for what they think is right.*

 

Culture of Safety: The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Holyoke continually updates robust safety policies, programs and training for our staff and volunteers that are designed to promote child safety and protect young people from threats that are present in our society. We implement layers of safety policies and guidelines to keep our kids safe including:

  • Monthly Fire Drills
  • Lockdown & Shelf-In-Place Procedures
  • State and National: Criminal Offender Record information (CORI) & Sexual Offender Record information (SORI) & First Advantage
  • Facility cameras in select locations covering program rooms, doors and hallways

 

   

 

      

*2018 National Youth Outcomes Report
**2015 Harris Interactive survey of Club alumni
We're making a difference.
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