Jennifer Lopez Revisits NYC Club on “American Idol”

Tune in tonight when “American Idol” judge, Club alum and BGCA National Spokesperson Jennifer Lopez returns to the New York neighborhood in the Bronx where she grew up, including the place her great future got its start, the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club. Jennifer visits with the Club’s performing arts team, “K- Company,” as well as Executive Director Danny Quintero and Club Director Harold Maldonado, her childhood mentor.  “American Idol” airs tonight on FOX at 8 p.m. EDT.

Great Futures Start at Boys & Girls Clubs!

For Gifts That Keep Giving

For that impossible-to-buy-for relative, keep the Boys & Girls Club of Massena in mind this gift-giving season!

To make your tax-deductible gift in the name of someone you love, you can either click on the Donate Now button at right (remember to tell us about your honoree in the Message field), learn more about the “Our Kids, Our Community” Campaign to establish the Boys & Girls Club of Massena or print out our Pledge Form.

Please shop locally; but, if you need to order online, please do your Holiday shopping at AmazonSmile — Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to Boys & Girls Club Of Massena. Bookmark the link and support us every time you shop.

Happy holidays!

Hey, Kids … Join the Club!

The Boys & Girls Club of Massena now has 90 members enrolled!!! The kids are enjoying a great variety of activities offered — including help making sure they stay caught up on their homework, fun crafts, rec time and more! Club membership is open to ALL 4th through 6th grade students.  To join, visit our Membership page or call Director Donatto at (315) 250-7806.

Now Recruiting Volunteers!

Would you consider donating a few hours a week (or month) to help make a difference in the lives of kids in our community?

Volunteers are needed for the Boys & Girls Club of Massena to work with elementary school students in grades 4-6 at our Jefferson Elementary School location. The Club operates from 3 to 6 PM on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. You can volunteer for one or both days, one week a month or the entire month — all we ask is that you commit to being there for the full three hours on the day or days you work.

The pre-launch program began in October and the response has been GREAT … We have nearly 100 members of the Club now! And, the more volunteers we have, the more kids we can serve.  As a volunteer, you would join our paid professional staff members in being there to help these amazing kids.

Learn more on our Volunteer page and get started helping those who need us most TODAY!

Our First Day … Yeah!!!

Congratulations to CPO/Program Director Donatto, her staff and volunteers for a successful start at Jefferson School today. There were 50 kids on day one. The staff and volunteers were hard at work, engaged and doing a wonderful job!. The gym was active, the Arts and Crafts area was busy and kids in Power Hour were hard at work improving education. EXCITING TIMES!

Community Concert Coming October 19th

Join us for a Community Concert to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Massena on Sunday, October 19th, from 6 to 8 PM at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 139 Main Street, Massena.

This family-friendly, folk music event is sure to be enjoyed by people of all ages, featuring the talented, local musicians of Thirty 1 & Mandolin. Tickets are just $10 each and can be purchased in advance from the Boys & Girls Club of Massena [click here to email us your ticket request] or by contacting St. John’s Episcopal Church office at 315-769-5203.

Just one listen and you’ll be convinced that you won’t want to miss this concert! Just click on any of the music video links, below…


Amazing Grace


Lean on Me


Proud Mary

Volunteer Training Rescheduled for October 15th

The training program for individuals interested in volunteering with the Boys & Girls Club of Massena has been changed from Monday, September 29th, to :

Wednesday, October 15th.

The Boys & Girls Club of Massena is currently recruiting volunteers who will work with students in grades 4 – 6 as part of the pre-launch program funded by the Alcoa Foundation at Jefferson Elementary School starting in October.

To register your interest in becoming a volunteer and to receive additional details about the October 15th training, please send an email to or learn more by visiting our Volunteer page.

Become a volunteer with the Boys & Girls Club of Massena … it will be tremendously rewarding for you and will help create Great Futures for the kids of our community.

We are looking for a Program Assistant!

It’s incredibly exciting as we get really, really close to extending an offer of employment for our CPO / Program Manager for the Boys & Girls Club of Massena. And, that’s not all!

We also need a high-energy youth worker to lead activities and provide positive supervision for groups of children starting in October 2014 as our Program Assistant. This position is perfect for college students (especially education or other youth-related majors) and teachers looking for after-school work… visit our Careers page to read more!

Zumba and Zombies … Oh my?!?!

Don’t miss two awesome ways to have a great time and help support the Boys & Girls Club of Massena!

Plans are coming together for an outdoor Zumbathon that will be held in conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce’s Harvest Festival. Mark your calendar for Saturday, September 6th, starting at 1 PM when local Zumba instructors, led by Massena’s Monica Boyea, take participants through a dance fitness party in downtown Massena. This special event will help raise funds for the Boys & Girls Club of Massena with a fun, healthy afternoon activity for all experience levels and anyone age 10 or older. (And, be on the lookout for our Zumba Local Celebrity Challenge.)

Plus, you definitely won’t want to miss the 2nd Annual 5K ZOMBIES Run! planned for Saturday, October 25th. Presented in partnership with the Seaway Valley Prevention Council, human runners and a zombie horde will converge for some fun fundraising and exercise just in time for Halloween.   The fate of the human population rests in your hands. Will there be any survivors left, or will the Zombie masses take over the world? There’s only one way to find out.  Don’t miss this fun event and help save humankind. [Find more details by clicking here.]

Want to make sure you get any updates on upcoming events? Use the contact us form to let us know what you’re interested in; and, if you haven’t yet, click on the “Follow” button at the bottom of this page to be notified when we post updates.


Alcoa Foundation Awards Grant to BGCM!

Today brought more incredible news for the Boys & Girls Club of Massena: Alcoa Foundation has awarded an $85,000 grant to launch a pilot program to assist youth in the community prior to the Club moving into its new home on Bayley Street in Massena.

The Alcoa Foundation funds will allow the Club to offer three national Boys & Girls Club programs to approximately 100 Massena-area youth during the 2014-2015 school year at a temporary location while fundraising efforts continue and the permanent Club site is renovated. The initial programs will focus on academic intervention and leadership development. [Click here to read the announcement.]