|About the Boys and Girls
Club at the Gene Mack Clubhouse
Message from the Executive
Our staff has been busy planning and preparing for the
new after-school programs. I am pleased to share with
you highlights from the summer, new additions to our
team, and new programming being offered at our Clubs. I
would also like to recognize Dana Benjamin, Operations &
Programming Manager, for securing a grant of $92,000
from the Commonwealth Corp. The mission of the
Commonwealth Corps is to engage Massachusetts residents
of all ages and backgrounds in direct service to rebuild
communities and address their unmet needs. Out of a
total of 94 applications submitted, 29 were awarded, and
Boys & Girls Clubs of Middlesex County was the only Boys
& Girls Club that was awarded.
As we continue to meet with many inspiring community
members, we have gained feedback and suggestions for
improvement. I personally invite you to visit the Gene
Mack Clubhouse, and share with us how we can be greater
leaders in youth development.
Chile Eng, Executive Director
Be A Friend
There is commitment and energy within the organization, however
there have been substantial funding cuts in 2008-09, so if you
want to help a good cause in the Medford community, donations
are welcome, payable to the Friends of Chevalier and Gene Mack
Gymnasium, PO. Box 288,Medford.We will be pleased to distribute
your gift directly to the Gene Mack Clubhouse.
A Place to Go, a Place to Grow
In every community, children and teens are left to find
their own recreation and companionship, often in the
streets. An increasing number are at home with no adult
care or supervision. Young people need a safe, nurturing
place to go during those times when they are most at
The Gene Mack Clubhouse offers this and much more. As
part of the Boys & Girls Club of Middlesex County, its
purpose is to promote the social, educational, health,
leadership, and character development of boys and girls
during critical periods of their growth.
Located adjacent to the Chevalier Theatre at 30 Forest
Street in Medford Square, the Gene Mack Clubhouse
provides a safe place to learn and grow through ongoing
relationships with caring, adult professionals, and
life-enhancing programs and character development
Kids come for fun, but they get so much more, as they
To cooperate with and respect each other.
The value of fair play
The skills that will allow them to flourish as mature,
responsible adults and citizens.
Since 2001, the Gene Mack Clubhouse has been A Place to
Go and A Place to Grow for young people ages 6-18 in
Medford. It is The Positive Place for Kids.
Among the reasons the Gene Mack Clubhouse is special
Dues are so low -- $15 a year -- that all youth,
regardless of financial circumstances, can join.
Its open during the critical non-school hours of 2:30
p.m. to 9 p.m. during the school year, and 9 a.m. to 4
p.m. in the summer (with extended care hours if needed).
Its programs are designed to meet the needs of our
21st century children and teens.
And it is run by a staff of trained Youth Development
Facilities and core programs:
The Gene Mack Clubhouse offers something for everyone
Members can get help with homework from an adult
counselor and participate in quiet activities.
Arts & Crafts Room
Members can put their creative ideas on paper and
learn how to make different projects with adult
Members utilize their social skills interacting with
other members and staff while learning and playing
various types of games.
Members get a chance to work on motor skills,
hand-eye coordination and get important physical fitness
activity while participating in various sports
activities and leagues.
Members get a chance to enhance their computer
skills using various Microsoft Office Programs such as
Word, PowerPoint and Publisher. They also learn how to
use and search the Web safely on filtered Internet
Members between the ages of 12½ and 18 can
participate in various activities (board games, video
games, ping-pong, pool, foosball and more) while
utilizing their social skills when interacting with
peers and staff. Teens can also join peer leadership
groups like the Nike Swoosh Club and Keystone Club.
The cost of membership at Boys & Girls Clubs of
Middlesex County is $15 per year. Scholarships are
available. For more information, stop in at the Gene
Mack Clubhouse, or call 781-391-3619.