History

The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Haverhill (formerly the Haverhill Boys Club) is one of the oldest in the United States. Opened in 1900, it was the 43rd Boys Club in the US. As of January 5, 2009, we opened our beneficial services up to all youth 6-18 years old regardless of gender.

Boys & Girls Club of Greater Haverhill Mission

To provide the youth of Greater Haverhill with a safe, clean, wholesome environment that will allow our members to strive towards excellence.

Boys & Girls Club of America Mission

To inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.

Our Core Beliefs

A Boys and Girls Club provides:

A safe place to learn and grow

Ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals

Life enhancing programs and character development experiences

Youth Development Strategy

Successful character development:

Club programs and services promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling:

A sense of competence: the feeling there is something that youth can do well.

A sense of usefulness: the opportunity to do something of value for others.

A sense of belonging: a setting where boys and girls know they “fit” and are accepted.

A sense of power or influence: a chance to be heard and influence decisions.

When this strategy is fully implemented, self-esteem is enhanced and an environment is created which helps boys and girls achieve their full potential.