Boys & Girls Club
201 E. 7th Street
Chester, PA 19013

Office: (610) 874-1237
Fax: (610) 874-4708




Carter Center

Brief History of the Boys & Girls Club

In 1929, the late Judge Fronefield became alarmed at the increasing number of juvenile delinquency cases coming before the courts and called together a group of Chester's business and professional men to study conditions and recommend remedies. The result was several small rooms at Third and Kerlin Streets - the Boys' Club. The Boys' Club was incorporated in 1930. The Club grew rapidly and in 1933 moved to an old three-story factory building at Front Street and Concord Avenue. During those Depression years, the Club repaired and half-soled shoes for the needy, striving to fill the leisure time of boys at that time with things to do under proper supervision and guidance.

From 1956 through most of 2010, the Club was located at 425 Front Street (Front and Fulton Streets) in what was once a filter treatment house on the Chester Water Authority property. In 1978, girls were invited to join the Boys Club, which subsequently became the Boys and Girls Club of Chester.

On October 22, 2010, the official grand opening of the George E. Carter Center became the new home of the Boys & Girls Club of Chester. The newly constructed recreation center is located at 201 East 7th Street. The George E. Carter Center serves as not only a recreation center, but also a place where youth can learn and grow as individuals through technology, the arts, and educational programming. The 16,600 square foot facility features a computer lab, classroom and tutorial space, locker rooms, indoor basketball courts, a general activities area, and other related amenities.

Carter Center

The work of the Boys & Girls Club of Chester is shaped in part by best-practices from national Out-of-School time models, interviews and input from Chester OST stakeholders. The BGCC will continue to allow the combined strategies of BGCA and those listed in the Chester Older Youth Plan, to guide our work. The CHESTER OLDER YOUTH PLAN highlights four focal areas as the basis of improving conditions for youth in the city of Chester:

  • Health & Wellness
  • Post-Secondary Options
  • Quality Out-of-School Time
  • Workforce Preparation

By employing these strategies, the BGCC hopes to work collectively to help Chester come closer to realizing its vision for better preparing its older youth for successful post-secondary careers.


Our Goals

  • To provide a home away from home

  • To provide vocational counseling and career guidance

  • To provide and create an adequate learning environment

  • To help combat youth idleness and help curtail juvenile delinquency

  • To help develop athletic skills and create good attitudes

  • To help combat teenage drug and alcohol use

  • To increase the awareness of the general public to the existence of The Boys & Girls Club of Chester and its service to the community.

  • To support our present and future programming and activities of The Boys & Girls Club of Chester through effective solicitation and corporate giving.

Club Directors and Staff


Drew Schmidt, Board Chair

Linda S. Durant, Vice Chair

Robert N. Speare, Esq, Finance Chair

James Turner, Secretary



Bruce M. Simons

James Smolarski

Jason C. Kilpatrick

Patrick Gavin

Laura Byrne Will, CPA

Mark A. Freeman

Marlo Pagano-Kelleher


Melanie Hoffman

Michael Cantland

Michael Lucas

Reginald L. R. Rawls

Robert Mayock

Tesha Lanier


Janet Riley-Ford, MSW, LSW
Executive Director

Donna Northern, MS
Administrative Director

Face Forward II Project Director

Yvette Payne
Lead Administrative Assistant

Natricia Granger
Education & Outreach

Drug Free Communities Coordinator

Brian Warren
Program Director

Jeffrey "Randy" Legette
Health & Fitness Director


Adrienne Harper-Adams
Youth Development Counselor

Daniel Williams
Youth Development Counselor

Keith Taylor
Youth Development Counselor

David Robinson
Youth Development Counselor

Casondra Goldsborough
Lead Case Manager, Face Forward II

Gloria Warwick
Administrative Assitant, Face Forward II

Al Motley
Case Manager, Face Forward II

Kristie Barnes
Case Manager, Face Forward II

Rabia Ahmad-Green
Case Manager, Face Forward II

Angie Johnson
Mentoring Coordinator, Face Forward II

Learon Pray
Van Driver, Face Forward II


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