Boys and Girls Club of New Haven (New Haven, CT)


  • Name:Stephanie Barnes
  • Title:Executive Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Boys and Girls Club of New Haven
  • Address:253 Columbus Avenue
    New Haven, CT 06519
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:203-787-0187
  • Main fax:203-865-2594

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  • Mission:
  • The mission of the Boys and Girls Club of New Haven (BGCNH) is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.

    The Boys & Girls Club of New Haven (BGCNH) is a member organization of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) and is one of the largest youth serving organizations in New Haven. BGCNH reaches over 1,000 children each year through programs that focus on Academic Success, Good Character and Citizenship and Healthy Lifestyles.

    BGCNH’s results-driven services support the mission of the Club and its vision of empowering young people, regardless of their past or current circumstances, to reach their fullest potential.

  • Overview:
  • The Boys and Girls Club of New Haven (BGCNH) is requesting $10,000 from the Lawrence Foundation to support its general operating costs. BGCNH offers year-round, after-school and summer camp programming for children, ages 5-19.

    The main goal and long-term impact of BGCNH’s services are to provide low-income children and youth with high-quality services and activities that will enable them to achieve academic success, prevent summer learning loss, and transition into positive, engaged and contributing members of the New Haven community.

    Club members participate in a wide range of educational, cultural enrichment and recreational activities. Through these, children learn new skills and discover new talents, hobbies and interests. Club activities include homework assistance, inter-mural sports, leadership development, community service engagement, health education, the visual arts, college/career exploration, and computer technology.

    The Boys & Girls Club of New Haven (BGCNH) is open Monday through Thursday from 2:30pm to 6:00 pm and on Fridays from 1:00pm to 6:00pm. The Club is also open on Saturdays throughout the year and is open many days when school is closed. BGCNH’s after-school program operates from after Labor Day to late June (42 weeks), providing over 700 hours of service to children and youth annually. The summer program operates for approximately nine weeks, starting in mid-June to the end of August.

    BGCNH members are predominantly low-income children of color, who typically hail from single, female heads of household. Over fifty percent (50%) of club members’ families fall 200% below the federal poverty guidelines. New Haven is one of the poorest cities in Connecticut. One in three New Haven children, under age 5 lives in poverty. More specifically, child poverty in New Haven is over 50% (compared to the state’s poverty level of 10%).

    Sadly, many BGCNH club members are not meeting grade level standards in core subject areas. In New Haven, only 3% of 10th graders are at or above goal in mathematics and reading based on the Connecticut Standardized Tests. (Source: Connecticut Voices for Children). Out of all the cities in Connecticut, New Haven has one of the highest educational gaps in the state.

    Like many children living in urban America, it is not uncommon for Club members to have witnessed violence, gang activity, and criminal behavior in their childhood, as most live in the parts of the city with the highest crime and poverty rates. Regarding juvenile justice, New Haven has the highest number of referrals to the Connecticut judicial system for delinquent behavior.

    The above information underscores the need for high-quality programming that BGCNH offers and for BGCNH to reach more New Haven youth whose current access to services and supports are limited.

    BGCNH’s targeted program outcomes are:

    -95% of Club members will advance to the next grade level
    -65% of Club members will have a better attitude about school
    -65% of parents will indicate that their children’s academic performance has improved as a result of participating in BGCNH.
    -90% parent and club member satisfaction with program services

    BGCNH meets its outcomes by utilizing evidence-based curricula developed by the national Boys and Girls Club of America and the best practices of positive youth development as documented by national entities, such as The Search Institute and the Forum f or Youth Development/Ready by 21.

    BGCNH measures its outcomes by employing a range of quantitative and qualitative evaluation tools. These tools include attendance logs, youth and parent surveys, and staff anecdotal observations. Club collects report cards from youth attending its school-based programs. BGCNH also uses process evaluation methods– how its programs are operating and what, if any, adjustments need to be made in service delivery. Findings are utilized for continuous improvement purposes, staff capacity building, and new service and fund development efforts.

    In recent years, the following accomplishments have been achieved:

    -Over 1000 children and youth served annually
    -96% of the youth that participated in the Club’s tutoring program progress successfully to the next grade
    -64% of parents agree that their child’s participation improved their overall performance at school
    -61% of parents agree that their child’s participation has improved their child’s behavior at home and school
    -69% of Club youth strongly agree that their participation helped them do better at school in general
    -62% of Club youth strongly agree that their participation has improved their ability to get along with people at home and school

  • History:
  • The Boys and Girls Club of New Haven is one of the oldest Boys and Girls Club in the nation. The New Haven Boys Club was founded in 1871 by Mrs. Eli Whitney in her home across the street from the New Haven Green. In 1872, Mrs. Whitney Blake named her Club the “United Workers” and to this day the Club maintains that title as its legal name.

    In 1891, the Club moved to a new location in New Haven (200 Orange Street) which is now the Hall of Records. BGCNH remained at this location until it moved into a newly constructed facility in 1915 on Jefferson Street. BGCNH started the first Blockwatch Program in New Haven in 1971, and after operating for five years, New Haven Police Department personnel were trained by Club staff to take over the program.

    In 1989, BGCNH moved into a new, smaller 18,000 square foot clubhouse in the heart of the Hill neighborhood in New Haven at 253 Columbus Avenue, where it stands today. The New Haven Boys Club was the first Club in the United States to admit girls. In 1990, the Club officially changed its name to “Boys and Girls Club of New Haven.”

    In 2010, the Club opened a satellite site in the East View Housing Development in the Fair Haven Heights neighborhood in partnership with the Housing Authority of New Haven. A second public housing site was opened in 2013. BGCNH’s latest accomplishment was launching a school-based program at Lincoln Bassett School in partnership with the New Haven Board of Education and the United Way of Greater New Haven in September 2014.

    Over the years, BGCNH has served thousands of low-income children, youth and families who historically could not afford or lacked access to other community programs. The Club intentionally targets the most vulnerable, high-risk children and youth, especially those who are invisible to mainstream society and are failing through the cracks of the public education system.

    The Boys and Girls Club of New Haven operates with four full-time staff members and twenty-two part-time employees. The team is comprised of a mission-driven, multi-cultural, and bilingual (Spanish and English) staff, who are well-trained and highly-skilled in the fields of social work, positive youth development and human services.

    In addition, the Club harnesses the collective power of approximately 50-80 volunteers (annually) to achieve greater social impact and improve social and educational outcomes for Club members. These volunteers often include college students from local universities, such as Yale University, Southern Connecticut State University and the University of New Haven, who dedicate countless hours as mentors, chaperons and assistants for special events.

    BGCNH’s Board of Directors is comprised of eighteen (18) members, who come from all walks of life and professions. This talented-rich board is engaged, informed and committed to their stewardship and advocacy work on behalf of New Haven children and youth. All board members are residents of the Greater New Haven area and several are alumni of the Club.

    BGCNH is one of the few youth centers that exist in New Haven and the only youth center that is located in the Hill section of the city. Unfortunately, many youth programs and community centers have opened and closed over the years in New Haven. Over the last three years, the Boys and Girls Club of New Haven has expanded its community impact by increasing its programming and client base by twenty percent (20%).

    The success of BGCNH is due to the strategic collaborations that the Club has developed and cultivated in both the private and public sectors. BGCNH partners with New Haven Public Schools, the New Haven Housing Authority, the United Way of Greater New Haven, the Governor’s Prevention Partnership Program, the City of New Haven, the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, the New Haven Police Department, Webster Bank, Connecticut’s Court Support Services Division (Judicial Branch), Yale University, the State of Connecticut Department of Education, New Alliance Bank, First Niagara Foundation, the Citywide Youth Coalition and a host of other community-based organizations, funders and stakeholders.

    Funding awarded from the Lawrence Foundation will be leveraged with other general operating support to sustain the Club’s operations, address and adapt to growing community needs and build for the future. Long-term programmatic plans also include an upgraded computer center, hands-on, experiential STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) activities for school-age children, and an increase in college-readiness and career orientation services, specifically for teens, who are and/or will be first-generation college-goers

  • Year established:1871
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:5
  • Advisory board size:18
  • Staff size:26


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:509(a)(1)
  • Tax ID:06-0646935

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:060646935
  • Organization Name:UNITED WORKERS INC
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF NEW HAVEN
  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:253 COLUMBUS AVE
  • Organization City:NEW HAVEN
  • Organization State:CT
  • Organization Zip:06519-2230
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1, 2
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization, Educational Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:August, 1943
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):298, 325, 030
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Training in sports, Camp, School, college, trade school, etc.
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:August, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:August
  • NTEE Code:
  • Asset Amount:$1,155,523
  • Asset Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • Income Amount:$1,216,477
  • Income Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$1,199,961
  • Last Updated:2/23/2018 6:26:36 pm

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