The social reform and welfare movement in the United States may be most commonly associated with such persons as Jane Addams, but years before her pioneering work on Chicago’s West Side, the Boys & Girls Club of America organization was started in Hartford, Connecticut. Over the past century and a half, the organization has provided a host of services to young people in order to help them realize their full potential. Their website contains information about Club locations around the country, as well as the various programs offered by the Club, including those that teach about career options and leadership. Visitors can also read the Club’s in-house publication, Connections, which contains stories about the activities that take place across the organization and at specific locations. Finally, visitors will also want to read up on the National Youth of the Year program, which is administered by the organization and awarded annually to a young person by the President of the United States.


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