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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HPS Enrichment Program

To further display HBGC alignment with the HPS, in April 2015 the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education placed the system under receivership due to academic and attendance concerns. HBGC and Kelly School immediately responded by securing a 21st Century Learning Grant to faciliate a weekly 3-hour Enrichment Program scheduled as part of the regular school day.

 The Club offers creative and innovative programs that:

  • builds skills towards mastery and provides opportunities to demonstrate knowledge and skills; 
  • reflects the ethnic/cultural background of youth; 
  • connects to outcomes selected through the Survey of Academic & Youth Outcomes (SAYO), including programming provided by partners/contractors; 
  • is interdisciplinary/cross curricular;  
  • includes high quality project based learning (including service learning) opportunities that connect to academic content, student interest, and support youth voice and leadership opportunities;  
  • creates an environment that provides opportunities for youth to make decisions and choices about the process and product or to shape activities to reflect their own interests, ideas, and preferences; 
  • contributes to students’ social and emotional learning competencies and reflects a variety of learning needs and styles;  
  • supports the development of College and Career Readiness skills.

The goal of our collective efforts to improve academic outcomes, reduce chronic absenteeism, build strong meaningful relationships with youth, and an increase our engagement with families. While youth are participating in Enrichment Programs at the Club, HPS is able to dedicate more time to teacher and adminstration professional development trainings.

Examples of enrichment activities include, but are not limited to, nutrition and cooking, STEM and technology activities, non-contact boxing, rock climbing, basketball skills and drills, swim, hiking, college and career trips, Young Men Lead and SMART Girls. Below highlights the grades we will serve with Enrichment Programs for Kelly School students:

2019-2020 Acadmic Year

  • 3rd Grade: Tuesday's from 1pm - 3pm
  • 7th & 8th Grade: Wednesday's from 1pm - 3pm
  • 4th Grade: Thursday's from 1pm - 3pm
  • 2nd Grade: Friday's from 1pm - 3pm

For more information about Enrichment Programs, please conact Ann Mann, Director of Operations, at .

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