Boys and Girls Club

Boys & Girls Club 2nd Annual Roof Party, Jun. 16

You are cordially invited to the Boys & Girls Club of Boston's Second Annual Roof Party! Join other young professionals for dancing, hors d’œuvres, silent auction, open bar, a bird’s-eye view of the city skyline, and a dance performance by Boys & Girls Club members from Dorchester. All proceeds support vital programming for Dorchester youth who attend the Boys & Girls Clubs. Ticket price $75 members, $95 non-members. Come in cocktail attire and ready to dance the night away.

Thursday, June 16, 2011
7:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Taj Boston Roof Top, 15 Arlington St., Boston
Contact: Meshe Rey,, (617) 994-4700

"Raising Children in a Violent World" Presentation, Jun. 15

Many children are exposed to violence, be it in the media, in their community or in their own homes. Parents, extended family, and other important adults in children’s lives can play a key role in protecting them. Please join Boys and Girls Club of Dorchester June 15 for a Presentation on "Raising Children in a Violent World," 6:30 p.m. at Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester, 1135 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester, MA.

This presentation will focus on the violence in children’s lives and identify the effects of witnessing violence of children. Participants will learn ways in which caregivers can create safe havens for children. Child care for this meeting is available on a first come first serve basis. Please sign up for child care and/or reserve a spot for the training by calling Mary at 617 288-7120 or email >> Read More

Chubb Rock presents: "Passing the Mic", Jun. 23

Old-school rappers will be performing alongside talented Dorchester youth, ages 10-15, on June 23 when the Blue Hill Boys & Girls Club hosts “Passing the Mic.” 80s and 90s rap stars Chubb Rock, Dana Dane, Gizmo and Milk Dee of Audio 2, Joeski Love, and guest host Celtics center Glen “Big Baby” Davis will be headlining the event. Come watch talented locals get the opportunity to collaborate with established rap artists at the historical Strand Theatre in Uphams Corner. Tickets are $20, and proceeds benefit “Studio Heat,” the Music Clubhouse at the Blue Hill Boys & Girls Club in Dorchester.  >> Read More

Outreach Event for Children and Families, Jun. 4

BGC DorchesterPlease join the Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester on June 4, 2011 for an outreach event directed at children and families. This fun and social event features games, music, literacy activities, free dental screenings, opportunities to meet other families, a school bus tour for "first-time riders," refreshments and much more. Event runs from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester, 1135 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester, MA 02125. Is your child going to Kindergarten? At 3:30 p.m., BGC will host the DW Counts Down to Kindergarten Play, in which Arthur the Aardvark helps his little sister D.W. learn some helpful things about going to Kindergarten. Questions? Call Mary Kinsella Scannell at (617) 288-7120 or email

"Talking About Touching" Training for Parents/Educators, May 24

Boys and Girls Clubs of DorchesterBoys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester will host a "Talking About Touching" Workshop for parents of young children and early childhood educators on Tuesday, May 24, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Light dinner will be served. Please note registration is required for this workshop. Contact Mary Kinsella to register at (617) 288-7120 or BGC Dorchester is located at 1135 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester MA 02125.

Child Care for this meeting is available on a first come first serve basis. Please sign up for child care by calling Mary at (617) 288-7120 or email Presented through the Boston Community Partnerships for Children. >> Read More

Community Fundraiser Benefit Breakfast

Community members are invited to attend a "Community Fundraiser Benefit Breakfast" fundraiser which will focus on community policing and its impact on Boston neighborhoods. Proceeds will benefit the Blue Hill Boys & Girls Club and B-3 Community Service events. The breakfast will take place on Saturday, April 30, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Blue Hill Boys & Girls Club, 15 Talbot Avenue, Dorchester, MA. Suggested donation of $20 per person; reservations are available. For more information, contact Anne Wilcox from BPD Area B-3, at or (617)343-4717.

"Boys and Girls Planting for Health," Apr. 6

Nature's Sustainers, a community relations class from Boston University, will host "Boys and Girls Planting for Health" at the Boys and Girls Club of Boston's Blue Hill Club on Wednesday, April 6, 2011 starting at 9 a.m. With the aid of the BU group, Blue Hill Club will build a working garden to teach its members about responsibility, healthy living, sustainability and the slow food movement.

Nature's Sustainers will build Blue Hill Club raised bed gardens and provide the Club with necessary gardening tools. The group of 10 students, four graduate and six undergraduate, will do this by finding sponsorships and partnerships as well as soliciting monetary and in-kind donations. In addition, Nature's Sustainers will bring in individuals from local organizations and businesses to talk to the staff and members of Blue Hill Club about the importance of the slow food movement and healthy living. For more information, contact Laura Castro at or (413) 210-8627. 

Berklee Service Festival Partners Musicians with Local Youth

The Movement@Berklee, a student-led community outreach group, is launching its first ever service festival, the Lead the Change Festival on March 22. Berklee students, faculty, staff, and alumni volunteers - and special guests like Aerosmith's Tom Hamilton - will conduct clinics and performances at the group's partner organizations around the city, including the Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester and the Blue Hill Boys and Girls Club.  >> Read More

The standout event - a clinic and jam session with Aerosmith's Tom Hamilton and Grammy Award winning Berklee alumnus Swiss Chris - takes place at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester on March 22 at 5. For more information, view the attached press release or continue on after the break for a full schedule of events.

Dorchester Music Clubhouse


(617) 288-7120


Connecting youth with music and opportunity: The Dorchester Music Clubhouse, located at the Paul R. McLaughlin Youth Center, is a place where music, fun, education, and expression come together. Come in and learn to play an instrument, practice what you know, start a band, record or write a song, meet your friends, or make new ones. See a performance, talk about your favorite music, hear new music, or take part in a workshop. Don’t forget about performances and field trips.


The Dorchester Music Clubhouse is also a gateway into the amazing City Music Program, sponsored by Berklee College of Music for Middle School and High School students to prepare for a Berklee Education!


Paul R. McLaughlin Youth Center
1135 Dorchester Ave
Dorchester, MA 02125
United States
Key Partners: 

Dorchester Music Clubhouse is a program of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester. Sponsors include Berklee College of Music, Music & Youth Initiative, Charles Hayden Foundation, Amelia Peabody Foundation, City of Boston Dept. of Neighborhood Development.

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Contact director for schedule, to sign up for classes or to volunteer. 

Key Programs Offered: 

Music, music production and songwriting lessons; concerts & events; workshops; game nights; Rock Band 


Clubhouse Idol Competition, Mar. 10 - Apr. 8

The Dorchester Clubhouse (at Boys and Girls Club(s) of Dorchester) welcomes singers ages 10-18 to register for Clubhouse Idol--Dorchester's own rendition of the famed "American Idol" competition. Open auditions for Clubhouse Idol will take place Thursday, March 10 (Walter Denney Youth Center, 270 Mount Vernon Street) & Friday, March 11 (Clubhouse at the 1135 Dorchester Avenue Paul R. McLaughlin Youth Center). Please arrive at 5:30 p.m. Feel free to join the Audition Party in the BGC Dorchester Teen Center while you wait for your audition. 

Subsequent rounds will take place March 25 and April 8 at the Music Clubhouse. Contest winner will perform at Berklee College of Music on Saturday, May 14. Please contact Ayeisha Mathis (BGCD Music Director) for more information at or 617.288.7120 x1410. Registration form and flyer are attached to this post.

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