The Club – Teen Center

The CLUB is an after-school and summer experience that empowers teens (ages 12-18) to find their passion, accomplish their goals and take control of their futures. The Club’s vision is to ensure success is within reach for every young person who enters the door at BGCSECT, with all members on track to graduate high school prepared for college and careers.

Unlike younger kids, teens have the power to choose how they want to spend their time after school. Often, that can lead to unsafe or unproductive behaviors. The CLUB offers a safe environment with a combination of structured programs and fun activities to help teens grow and learn.

Many young people don’t feel heard at school, in their community or by their country. At The CLUB, however, teen voices matter. Whether a teen needs help finding their voice or a platform
to express it, caring mentors are there to listen and provide support. Through innovative programs like Lyricism 101, which helps teens explore hip-hop as an art form and cultivate their creativity and critical thinking skills, The CLUB provides teens with confidence, strength and a greater sense of self.

At The CLUB, teens have access to resources and experiences that expose them to a world of opportunities. Members have access to scholarships, workforce development programs, college readiness programs, digital literacy programs and leadership opportunities.

During the school year The CLUB at BGCSECT opens its doors for teens ages 12-18 on Monday – Friday from 3-7 p.m, providing opportunities and a safe environment to participate in sports, engage with others, utilize our computers, and more. All teens are welcome to join us so bring a friend and stop on by!


SUMMER 2017

In Summer 2017, The CLUB is open Wednesday evenings from July 5 – August 16 from 6 PM – 9 PM at The CLUB located in Winthrop Square Apartments at 59 Federal Street, New London. Teen Hoops + is every Tuesday and Thursday from 5 PM-6:45 PM at Fulton Park.

See The Club – Summer for more information.


Year round The CLUB offers …

  • Fun, Laughter, and Friendship: Old and new friends gather in safe environment to learn, grow, and have fun together.
  • Youth of the Year: Boys & Girls Club of America’s premier youth recognition program for Club members. Members benefit from participation in this program, which promotes and celebrates service to Club, community and family; academic performance; moral character; life goals; and poise and public speaking ability. The Youth of the Year program is an effective year-round tool for fostering young people’s character, personal growth and leadership qualities.
  • “I Choose”a new campaign focused on engaging boys, and men, to make positive life choices that don’t involve violence. The campaign is called “I Choose.” It stems from the idea that violence is a choice – and with the right mentors and the right tools, boys can choose to rise above domestic violence. Together, we are working towards educating boys about making good life choices: “I Choose respect;” “I Choose not to normalize violence towards women;” “I Choose to take a stand against domestic violence.”
  • Keystone Club: a teen leadership club that promotes community service and other values of productive citizenship. Keystoners elect officers and plan and implement their own activities in six areas: service to Club and community, leadership development, education and career exploration, unity, free enterprise and social recreation. Keystone Club members and their advisors are eligible for nomination to steering committees which organize regional and national Keystone Conferences attended by thousands of Keystoners each year.
  • Boys & Girls Clubs Day at the LOB: an annual trip to the State of Connecticut capitol and legislative office building (LOB) where The Club members meet with members of the local delegation from Southeastern Connecticut, attend legislative sessions, and learn about the importance of civic engagement.
  • Gang Prevention and Intervention: a program that aims to keep young people ages 6-18 from becoming involved in gangs. The program’s intervention component helps youth who are already involved with gangs to leave that lifestyle. The program uses community mobilization, recruitment strategies, effective programming and case management tools to direct young people to positive alternatives. Gang Prevention/Intervention through Targeted Outreach is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP).

For more information, contact BGCSECT Teen Program Coordinator, Martina Bottinelli  (mbottinelli@bgcsect.org)