Mission and History

Our Mission

The Mission of the Martha’s Vineyard Boys & Girls Club is to provide quality programs, education, and services to the Island-wide youth population that will prepare them for healthy and productive lives through professionally developed programs that help to develop self-esteem, leadership skills, personal values, and mutual respect, in fun and safe environments.




1937 Founded as the Edgartown Boys Club in what was referred to as the Country Store Read more

Joined Boys Clubs of America

1938 Became a chartered member of Boys Clubs of America, and moved to School Street in Edgartown Read more

Moved to Current Location

April 1978 Moved to our current location at 44 Robinson Road in Edgartown Read more

Became the Edgartown Boys & Girls Club

1983 Became the Edgartown Boys & Girls Club Read more

Became the Martha’s Vineyard Boys & Girls Club

1985 Became the Martha’s Vineyard Boys & Girls Club Read more

Expanded Age Range

1986 Began accepting members from age 6 to 18 Read more

First Development Director Named, Barbara Welsh

1987 Barbara Welsh was named First Development Director Read more

First Teddy Bear Suite

2012 First Teddy Bear Suite raises $7,600 Read more

75th Anniversary

2012 Celebrated our 75th Anniversary Read more

Jessie Damroth named Chief Executive Officer

September 2016 Jessie Damroth joins the Club as Chief Executive Officer Read more


The Martha’s Vineyard Boys & Girls Club is a charter 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