Boys & Girls Club of Souhegan Valley

Rating: 4.75 stars   4 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture, Children & Youth

Location: 56 Mont Vernon Street PO Box 916 Milford NH 03055 USA

Mission: The mission of Boys & Girls Club of Souhegan Valley is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to be great today and reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens tomorrow.
Results: The Boys & Girls Club of Souhegan Valley grew its membership to over 760 kids between the ages of 6 and 18, an increase of over 60% vs. the previous year. We reached over an additional 1,000 children through outreach and cultural arts programs. We welcomed an average of 140 members each day after school. 70% of these kids attended 3 or more times a week. An additional 20‐40 kids and teens attended evening programs each week. Thanks to our generous supporters, we were able to insure those who need us most were able to join and participate by providing over 200% more in scholarship dollars than just one year ago! 367 kids attended our summer camp program this past summer (2010), an average of 150 kids each day. Almost 30% of these kids were able to attend because of the generosity of supporters who provided scholarship funds. To support our focus on academic performance, Power Hour (homework help) became mandatory for all kids afterschool. Staff and volunteers provided over 800 hours of homework help during the school year. Our first college road trip visited 12 colleges to examine the many ways in which educational institutions differ in their delivery of education, and to explore what really matters in a search to find the college that best “fits.” We focused on literacy programs, including building and stocking a new teen library and implementing reading incentives thanks to a grant from Wal-mart. Working in partnership with the Wadleigh Memorial Library our members read 364 books during summer camp! We hosted Title I reading programs for the Milford School District during the summer months to help fami-lies access these important resources. Our Keystone Club (teen service and leadership club) attended its first regional leadership conference last fall. Members performed several community service projects throughout the year, including health kits for Haiti, a toy drive for the Nashua Children’s Home, letters to service men and women in Iraq, fundraising support and event support for the Boys & Girls Club, and several community clean-up projects. Our CIT (Counselor-in-Training) program grew from 9 teens two years ago to 42 teens this year. These teens learned leadership skills, social skills, and received one-on-one mentoring during the summer. Many of these kids continue to volunteer at the Club. We worked to develop additional youth leadership opportunities, creating youth-led initiatives ranging from fundraising dinner theater events to a main stage theater production of Godspell, Jr. Kids produced, di-rected, choreographed, staged, acted, and promoted these events, learning valuable leadership and communication skills.
Target demographics: those who need us most
Direct beneficiaries per year: 760
Geographic areas served: Souhegan Valley of Southern NH, including (but not limited to), Milford, Amherst, Mont Vernon, Brookline, Hollis, New Ispwish, Wilton, NH
Programs: those that help children succeed academically, develop good character and citizenship, and live healthy lifestyles. Our programs include Before School Care & Transporation, After School Care & Transporation, Vacation Day Camps, Summer Camps, Teen Leadership and Service Programs, Theater Arts Programs, Early Education Ptorams

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Rating: 4 stars  

For the past five years I have had the pleasure of being able to share my love of musical theatre with members of the Souhegan Valley Boys & Girls Club. The staff there is a delight; providing children with many opportunities to learn and grow in many fields.
I have taught/choreographed many other venues and never have I felt so at home as I do at this club. My children (now grown) once attended the club for it's afterschool programs, they, too, felt a great sense of belonging. Two years ago my daughter had the opportunity to volunteer in the afterschool homework help and absolutely loved her experience. The children still remember her when she meets up with them around town.
The staff brings a fun, inspiring sense that is passed on through the memebers.
I have lived in this community for 22 years and often look at the Boys and Girls Club as a model for their program organization, ways to engage parents to be involved and ideas on keeping kids inspired.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my children attending several years ago for the afterschool program.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

meetings or requests for volunteer feedback

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Souhegan Valley Boys and Girls Club has provided me with many opportunities. As students in high school, two friends and I were able to direct our own show. This amazing opportunity would not have been possible without the support of the Boys and Girls Club. With their financial support and guidance, we were able to grow from an eleven member cast, to an organization that has worked with over seventy kids. I am so happy that the Souhegan Valley Boys and Girls Club is here and is so supportive of the local kids.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

directing the summer shows at the Souhegan Valley Boys and Girls Club. I have seen the kids transform as they go from being a bundle of nerves, to opening the show with a solo. It is wonderful to see the new-found confidence that the kids develop, and this all due to the incredible efforts by the Souhegan Valley Boys and Girls Club.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Nothing!

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Boys and GIrls Club of Soughegan Valley has been a wonderful experience for my entire family.... especially our kids!!! Our first involvement was with the wonderful theater program that the Club offered. I home schooled my three children and it was a great way to connect them with the community. They eventually went off to public school but are still very involved at the Club, participating in theater and Keystone and volunteering for various events. My son volunteers there helping with the youth. My oldest daughter worked there until she went to college, but still values her relationships with the staff and considers them as her mentors as she ventures into new territories. She has used many of the skills which she aquired at the Club working in the theater at her college. Overall, our experience has been very postative - the kids have learned life long lessons and skills and have developed friendships that will carry far into the future.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

By experiencing what it is to truly be part of the community. Watching my kids grow in confidence, build character and develop meaningful, life long relationships at the BGCSV.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None that I can think of at this time! :-)

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Rating: 5 stars  

My two children have attended the Boys & Girls Club afterschool and during the summer for over 5 years. The staff is incredible. They take the time to get to know the children - with hundreds of kids in the program it's amazing to hear them calling the kids by name!

The theater arts programs are wonderful. It's amazing to see what the kids can do with guidance and mentoring from caring, talented adult professionals.

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My kids are safe, engaged, and happy after school. They are exposed to LOTS of activities, complete their homework, and have fun. Sometimes they don't want to come home.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase service hours to include evening for teens.

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