The West End House Boys & Girls Club is an independent Boys and Girls Club in the City of Boston that has been transforming the lives of immigrant and urban youth since its founding in 1906. A century ago, many of our members were the sons of immigrants escaping the pogroms of Eastern Europe. Today, they are the sons and daughters of immigrants from the Dominican Republic, China, Vietnam, Haiti, Cape Verde and three dozen other countries, often fleeing political unrest and poverty to seek a better life for their children in the U.S.
With 75% of West End House families earning less than $25,000 per year and 70% of the young people served coming from single-parent households, the West End House is truly reaching the children and teens most in need. The membership fee is only $15 annually, to ensure there are no financial barriers to participation. Even with such a low fee, more than half of the young people are provided scholarships by the West End House.
The West End House offers its 1,500 members an integrated array of programs across four broad areas: leadership and life skills; academic support and college preparation; sports, fitness and nutrition; and visual and performing arts. In support of these programs, the West End House also serves over 1,200 healthful hot meals to members every week.
In spring 2011, the West End House launched a three-year growth campaign designed to respond to the dramatic growth in membership and daily attendance, and to bring proven West End House results to more Boston young people than ever before. Substantial program expansion will double weekly attendance, participation in college preparation, and teen employment; increase by 50% the number of meals served and youth engaged in daily literacy programs; and launch two new initiatives focused on college completion and mental health services.
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