To provide quality programs and services to all ages of the Island-wide youth population that will prepare them for healthy and productive lives.
Founded1937 Founded as the Edgartown Boys Club in what used to be referred to as the Country Store
Joined Boys Clubs of America1938 Became a chartered member of Boys Clubs of America, and moved to School Street in Edgartown
Moved to our current locationApril 1978 Moved to our current location at 44 Robinson Road in Edgartown
Became the Martha’s Vineyard Boys & Girls Club1985 Became the Martha’s Vineyard Boys & Girls Club
First Development Director Named, Barbara Welsh1987 First Development Director Named, Barbara Welsh
Jessie Damroth named Chief Executive OfficerSeptember 2016 Jessie Damroth named Chief Executive Officer
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
- The Arts
- Character & Leadership
- Education & Career
- Health & Life Skills
- 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