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Wednesday, 16 July 2014 12:01

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Wednesday, 16 July 2014 00:48

Child Safety

CCS Logo 314x78Ensuring the safety of children is fundamental to the mission of Boys & Girls Clubs. For more than 100 years, child protection and safety have been the bedrock principles of our work. The many actions we have taken over the years include advocating for the passage of the U.S. PROTECT Act, which improved background screening systems and access. We've also partnered with the FBI, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and the CDC to contribute to the development of safety practices that benefit ALL youth-serving organizations.

In today's world, young people are faced with enormous challenges – from poverty to the high school dropout crisis to an obesity epidemic – that threaten their chance to have great futures. And, unfortunately, headlines remind us every day that we live in a dangerous world that puts too many young people – America's most precious resource – at serious risk.

Given these realities, we must be ever-vigilant in ensuring that our Clubs are safe havens for America's youth, staffed by caring adult mentors who have the best interests of kids at heart. While child safety has been priority #1 for Clubs throughout our history, our work in this area is never done.

Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) is committed to helping our Clubs provide a safe and secure experience for youth. Through our Child & Club Safety Department, we implement a six-step plan that follows the best practices available today, using the latest advances in technology and expertise:

  1. Criminal background checks are required for every staff member and volunteer who has direct contact with children. BGCA partners with LexisNexis, the world's largest data company, to provide the most comprehensive screenings available today.
  2. Through our partnership with Praesidium, one of the nation's leading safety experts, BGCA provides a 24-hour toll-free Child Safety Hotline to allow Club managers, staff members, volunteers and Club members to confidentially report suspicions or concerns. For Club-related child safety issues, contact the Child Safety Hotline at (phone) 866-607-SAFE (7233) or email . For child safety concerns that are NOT related to a Boys & Girls Club, contact the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-Child (1-800-422-4453).
  3. Ongoing training and supervision of staff are critical. Clubs participate in a wide variety of child safety training conducted through seminars, conferences and webinars.
  4. Safety policies and procedures must adhere to the highest standards. Clubs are required to report any suspected child abuse to local authorities. No adult should ever be alone with a child – all activities inside and outside the Club must have appropriate ratios of staff and members.
  5. All facilities and vehicles are required to comply with federal, state and local safety laws. BGCA works with leading experts in the area of security technology to develop state-of-the art solutions for our 4,000 sites.
  6. We work hard to create a Culture of Safety, which includes the following initiatives:

National Child Safety Advisory Task Force, made up of leading experts
National Peer Review Program to share best practices
National Safety Award Program to recognize leadership and innovation
National Child Safety and Protection Symposium, a forum to enable all youth organizations to share their best ideas and solutions for protecting kids

These are just some of the steps we take to ensure the safety of children. We constantly look for ways to improve our practices and training for our local Clubs and staff, and will continuously introduce additional resources as they become available.

Our message to communities and parents is clear: We work every day to create a safe, fun environment where kids can pursue academic success, good character and citizenship, and a healthy lifestyle – all under the guidance of caring, trained, trustworthy adult leaders.

And our message to anyone who would potentially compromise our Clubs and our mission is equally clear: We have ZERO tolerance for inappropriate behavior of any kind, and we put resources behind that stance.

America's young people deserve nothing less than our constant focus on their safety, and our firm commitment to protect every child who is entrusted to our care.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014 00:31

Our Team

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Sean Thomas

Senior Designer


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Bennie Moran



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Nicholas Mitchell



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Sean Thomas



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Bennie Moran

Senior Project Manager


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Nicholas Mitchell

Project manager


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Nicholas Mitchell

Community manager.



Monday, 14 July 2014 18:32

Additional Resources

Part of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Holyoke is to help students connect with the sources of support that work best for them. Below, you will find links to the variety of support available at the Boys & Girls Club.

Wednesday, 09 October 2013 09:41

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Wednesday, 09 October 2013 09:24

21st Century Program

For the previous 3 years, we ran at Center for Excellence, Holyoke’s alternative school. Due to the closure of CFE in June 2013, we have relocated to Holyoke High School for the 2013-2014 school years. Any youth aged 13 and up who were students at CFE are still eligible to join our program, regardless of what school they attend now.

The Holyoke Boys and Girls Club and UMass Amherst are now entering their 4th year of their collaboration with the 21st Century afterschool/Saturday program. This exciting and FREE program is based at Holyoke High School and the Club. The purpose of the federally funded Massachusetts 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) High School Innovation Grant is to develop creative and engaging extended learning opportunities for high school students that will help to address high school, college, and workforce readiness and success.

Schedule: Fall Semester: October 8th through November 2nd

      • Tuesdays 2:50 pm to 6:00 pm at Holyoke High School
      • Thursdays: 2:50 pm to 6:00 pm at Holyoke High School
      • Saturdays: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Holyoke Boys and Girls Club

What is the program like?

On Tuesdays and Thursdays we meet at 2:50 in Room 319 at Holyoke High School. First, we enjoy a snack- usually sandwiches, fruit, juice, and granola bars. As we eat, we go over the options for the day.

On Tuesdays we will take a trip somewhere in our area. Our trips are organized by an outdoor adventure specialist, and include activities like hiking, nature walks, rock climbing, caving, and canoeing.

On Thursdays we will stay at the High School enjoy activities such as rocketry, basic carpentry (this year we will make birdhouses and bat houses), movie making, computer art, and building balsawood structures.

On Saturdays we meet at the Boys and Girls Club at 10:00am. Staff and students prepare a huge family-style breakfast with omelets, bacon, pancakes, homefries, and toast along with juice, and fresh fruit. We eat together, and discuss the activities for the day. Some of our trips have included: visiting a wolf sanctuary, a lesson with falconry (where each students was able to hold a hawk!), trips to Ecotarium in Worcester, boating on the Connecticut River in a 30 foot pontoon boat, and underground caving.

How do I join?

Call our Site Coordinator, Megan Grant, at 413-534-7366 extension 100 or drop by the Boys and Girls Club and ask for Megan.

This program qualifies for Attendance Recovery and Community Service hours!!!

Partners: University of Massachusetts School of Education

Shannon Community Safety Initiative

Sunday, 28 October 2012 21:24

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Boys & Girls Club of Greater Holyoke, Inc. Closed due to inclement weather.

Tuesday, 17 June 2014 14:26

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Core Beliefs
A Boys & Girls Club Provides:
A safe place to learn and grow...
Ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals...
Life-enhancing programs and character development experiences...

Hope and opportunity.


Why Boys & Girls Clubs?

Boys & Girls Clubs are a safe place to learn and grow – all while having fun. It is the place where great futures are started each and every day.

In every community, boys and girls are left to find their own recreation and companionship in the streets. An increasing number of children are at home with no adult care or supervision. Young people need to know that someone cares about them.

Boys & Girls Clubs offer that and more. Club programs and services promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence.



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