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West End House Boys and Girls Club

Nature and Purpose

The West End House Boys and Girls Club offers life shaping opportunities to immigrant and urban children and teens.  Through caring relationships with trusted adults, as well as experiences and instruction in Education & Technology; Sports, Fitness & Nutrition; Leadership & Life Skills and Visual & Performing Arts, our members receive the guidance and support needed to grow into strong, healthy, self-sufficient adults. 

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  • For more than 100 years, the West End House has been the difference in the lives of children and teens from urban and immigrant families.
  • Today we are the most diverse after-school program in Boston. 
  • We are located in the area of Allston with the highest rates of child poverty, and escalating gang violence and drug and alcohol abuse. 
  • Annual membership is only $15 per year, but no child is ever turned away due to lack of funds.

Tasks

Students placed at the West End House will have the opportunity to explore the following social justice issues through a mentoring relationship with an experienced staff member and direct service with young people: 

· Gender Equality: students interested in this topic will assist our Girls Camp Director with a wide variety of girls’ only programs.  Programs include: Girls Homework, Girls Gym, Girls Book Club, Girls Science Club, and much more!

· Childhood Obesity: students interested in this topic will assist our Fitness and Nutrition Coordinator with a wide variety of programs.  Programs include: Cooking Classes, Yoga, Extreme Circuit, Girls on the Run, and much more! 

· The Education Gap: (two different programs are available)

    1. Students interested in literacy and working with younger children will assist our Literacy Coordinator with the Reading Buddies Program.  This program pairs Club members not reading at grade level with volunteers for one hour of literacy support.

    2. Students interested in college preparation and working with high school students will assist our Teen Education Coordinator with our Next Stop College program which helps our juniors and seniors navigate their college process. 

Students will spend their time helping to plan, support, and facilitate programs in the different areas listed above.  They will also have exploration time which will consist of helping with homework, playing ping pong, creating art, or shooting hoops. We have specific needs for students who willing to step out of the comfort zone and try new things. In all cases, students will be asked to participate in activities to ensure that they learn about our members and assist us with providing services that promote positive youth development.