© 2016 Martha’s Vineyard Boys & Girls Club, Inc.
Our Mission   To provide quality programs and services to all ages of the Island-wide youth population that will prepare them for healthy and productive lives. History   Founded in 1937 as the Edgartown Boys Club The Original Club was located on School Street in Edgartown Became a chartered member of Boys Clubs of America in 1938 Moved to our current location at 44 Robinson Road in Edgartown in 1977 Became the Edgartown Boys & Girls Club in 1983 Became the Martha’s Vineyard Boys & Girls Club in 1985 Affiliation   The Martha’s Vineyard Boys & Girls Club is a chartered member of Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Each local Boys & Girls Club is independently governed and funded, following guidelines and operation standards set by the national organization. Collaboratively, Boys & Girls Clubs serve over 4 million youth in over 4 thousand locations across the country and on US military bases worldwide. Our 5 Core Program Areas   1. The Arts 2. Character & Leadership 3. Education & Career 4. Health & Life Skills 5. Sports, Fitness & Recreation Unique Characteristics of a Boys & Girls Club   Clubs are community-based and building-centered Clubs provide a safe, affordable place for young people during after school hours and during the summer Clubs are led by caring, paid, and trained youth development professionals Boys & Girls Clubs provide young people with   A safe place to spend time during non-school hours & the summer as an alternative to the streets or being home alone A chance to play, have fun, laugh and learn Opportunities to build new skills that raise each child’s belief that he or she can succeed and receive recognition for personal accomplishments Ongoing relationships with caring adults & connections to new friends in a positive environment; reinforcing a sense of belonging, personal accountability, civility and civic responsibility. Generation-changing programs that support a commitment to learning, positive values, healthy habits & high expectations for success as an adult Partnerships   Martha’s Vineyard Youth Task Force   Island Wide Youth Collaborative