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Our Heritage

Boys & Girls Clubs of Rochester is a local autonomous, not-for-profit organization with ties to a national affiliate, Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Although other cities have had Boys Clubs for more than a hundred years, Rochester was without a Club of its own until the 1970s.


In the summer of 1971, two prominent Rochesterians who were members of the national organization’s board of directors–Paul Miller, then president and CEO of the Gannett Company, and Howard Carver, then CEO of Gleason Works–assembled a small group of area leaders to form a club for Rochester youth. Early supporters included F. Ritter Shumway, Lester Frankenstein, Alan Boucher, Calvin Mayne and Gilbert McCurdy.


The Club’s first headquarters building was located on the old Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) city campus in the Third Ward. By October of 1980, the headquarters had moved to its current location at 500 Genesee Street to better serve its primary client base–the youth of Rochester and the surrounding areas.


Through the years, the programs and services have grown in both number and quality. Today, Boys & Girls Clubs of Rochester offers a multitude of nationally recognized programs that have proven themselves effective– programs that address today’s most pressing youth issues, teaching young people the skills they need to succeed in life.