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History of the Boys & Girls Club of Lynn

Our History & Mission

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

In 1889, the Boys Club of Lynn was formed which made it one of the first twenty clubs across America to be established. Evolving into the 1930's, our building that resides at 25 North Common Street opened its doors to our club members. Transitioning into 1991, the Boys Club then changed its name to the Boys & Girls Club of Lynn. Presently, the Boys & Girls Club of Lynn has a 50/50 female to male ratio that serves all youth ages 5-18 years old. We serve over 1,500 members and have more than 250 children walk through our doors on a daily basis. Most recently, our building underwent a $6.4 million dollar renovation to enhance and modernize its amenities for our members to truly experience a state of the art facility.

We stand behind our mission statement by instilling programs that focus on five core areas including Education & Career Development, Character & Leadership Development, Health & Life Skills, the Arts, Sports, Fitness and Recreation activities. The Boys & Girls Club of Lynn strives in enhancing our Youth Development Strategy (YDS) by fully implementing all our values to create an environment that guides boys and girls to achieve and reach their full potential. Currently, the Club's programming centers on five core areas including Education & Career Development, Character & Leadership Development, Health & Life Skills, The Arts, Sports, and Fitness & Recreation activities. When our YDS strategy is fully implemented, self-esteem is enhanced and an environment is created which helps boys and girls achieve their full potential. During the school year we serve 1,500 members ages 5 to 18 at our main club located on 25 N Common St, Lynn MA. We have more than 250 children walk through our doors daily for various after school programs. Our summer camp program serves over 125 children weekly at Creighton Pond Day Camp in Middleton.

Why Choose the Boys & Girls CLub of Lynn?

Check out the statistics below to learn about what separates us from other clubs


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

Globally Competitive Graduates

When young people perform well academically, they graduate from high school on time, are motivated to learn and have a plan to succeed in today's modern workforce. Among youth ages 12 to 17 living in households experiencing low income, Club members report higher grades than youth nationally.

21st Century Leaders

Club youth are the leaders, innovators and problem-solvers of tomorrow - developing skills to be change agents in their communitie and beyond. Club members in 8th, 10th and 12th grades volunteer at significantly higher rates than their peers nationally.

A Healthier Generation

When young people live healthy lifestyles, they are able to make decisions that result in their social, emotional and physical well-being. Club teens are less likely to use drugs or alcohol and more likely to engage in regular physical activity than their peers nationally.

Boys & Girls Clubs of America is Highly Respected

BGCA maintains the highest Guidestar Platinum Seal of Transparency and is ranked #11 on the Chronicle of Philanthropy's list of "America's Favorite Charities." Consumer Reports has recognized BGCA as one of the "Best Charities for Your Donations."

*2020 National Outcomes Report, National Youth Outcomes Initiative, Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Our Response to COVID-19

Mission Unstoppable: Clubs Transform Operations to Support the Safety & Success of Youth

When the COVID-19 pandemic eliminated the structure of the traditional in-person school day and access to safe places, meals, and more for millions of youth, clubs stepped up:

  • At Club learning centers, 200K+ youth received internet access and technology to support virtual schoolwork.

  • Clubs served 24M+ emergency meals and snacks and provided wellness checks, youth activities and more to 460K families.

  • Through Club relief and crisis funding, Clubs provided 42K families with $10M+ in economic assistance.

  • Youth pitched in, too - assembling community care packages, writing letters to frontline workers and sharing in community efforts to recover and look beyond the pandemic to hopeful days ahead.