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201 E. 7th Street
Chester, PA 19013

Office: (610) 874-1237
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Avery Sunshine Concert - Thurs., March 30th, 2017 - GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!!!

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Please join The Boys & Girls Club of Chester for an evening full of music and entertainment, featuring Avery Sunshine and The Point Blank Band.


Thu, March 30, 2017
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM EDT
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Harrah's Casino | 777 Harrah's Boulevard | Chester, PA 19013

Tickets: $60 - $95


Limited tickets and space available while supplies last!!

Boys & Girls Club of Chester gets in the Holiday Spirit

Chester ComCast

CHESTER >> The holidays tend to be a hectic time full of giving, preparing and celebrating — a time of love and gratitude. The 2016 Holiday Celebration at the Boys & Girls Club of Chester was no different. This past week, the Boys & Girls Club celebrated the holidays in style with a number of magical and talented appearances – all of which would not have been possible without the tremendous support from all of you.

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2016 Youth Summit - May 14th - SAVE THE DATE!!!

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When: Saturday, May 14, 2016 - 8am-4pm

Where: The Boys & Girls Club of Chester - 201 E. 7th Street, Chester, PA 19013

Ages: 12-22


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Chester kids rally to get clean water to Flint

Chester ComCast

At 3:30 last Sunday morning, while most of the city slept, Brian Warren and his father, James, boarded a van supplied by the Boys and Girls Club of Chester and drove more than 640 miles to Flint, Mich., with a precious cargo.

They delivered 170 cases of bottled water that had been collected from the residents of Chester to the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Flint, Mich. — and then turned around and were back home by 11:30 Sunday night.

As far as the people of Flint were concerned, the 1,300-mile mission of mercy was accomplished just in the nick of time.

“They actually need to send water home with the members of the boys and girls club and they were running low. They were really happy to get it,” said Janet Riley-Ford, executive director of the Boys and Girls Club of Chester.

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Chester Police Deliver Toys to the Boys & Girls Club

Chester ComCast

"Boys & Girls Club children are "all smiles"  as Chester Police Department Chief of Staff, Cyrise Dixon, delivers more than 100 stuffed animals to the Boys & Girls Club of Chester. The toys were provided by  a donation from Kohl's."


Thank you very much Avery Sunshine from all of us at the Boys & Girls Club!!

2015 LEGACY RECEPTION - Oct. 27th, 2015 - 6:30pm - Widener University


2015 Legacy Reception - 85 Years of Supporting the Community

Date: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19th, 2015 • Time: 6:30pm

Location: Widener University - Lathem Hall-Potter St, Chester, PA

For Tickets and Sponsorship information please CLICK HERE, Visit the Boys Club or Call: 610-874-1237

Special THANK YOU to each of our Platinum, Gold and Silver Sponsors,

as well as to each individual person attending the event:








City of Chester



Philadelphia Union • Mr. & Mrs. William "Bo" Ryan Jr.



Chester Fire Department • Chester-Jnsen Company, Inc. • Chester Water Authority

Crozer Keystone Health System • Ernest D. Menold, Inc. • Foster Funeral Home

John Bridges & Sons, Inc. • Speare Foundation • WAS Realty



T.J. Anderson & Associates • Ahrensdorf & Associates • David Bacon

Northern Children's Services Celebrates 3rd Annual Fall Fest at Boys & Girls Club of Chester

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On Friday, October 30th, we held our 3rd annual Chester Fall Fest. Thanks to the Chester Boys & Girls Club for not only offering a helping hand but also letting us use their awesome space for the event, as well as Keystone First for providing the food, drink, candy, decorations and fun giveaways!

Thanks also to Swoop and the Philadelphia Eagles (pictured here) for stopping by and putting a huge smile on all of the kids that attended the event. Everyone had so much fun!

You can see pictures of the event by clicking here.

Boys & Girls Club of Chester Leads Integrated Partnership Focused on Career Development

Chester ComCast

The Boys & Girls Club of Chester recently received a Face-Forward 2 sub-grant from Connection Training Services of Philadelphia. This three year Department of Labor grant creates the opportunity for a new program to be developed in Chester that is focused on addressing the employment barriers of court-involved young people between the ages of 14-24, while helping these young people to develop the employment skills needed to obtain lucrative employment.

With a goal of more than 200 young people to receive this impactful level of assistance, the Boys & Girls Club realizes that this must be a local and County-wide integrated partnership to ensure future success for the young people and the community. Partnerships are developed with the following: Delaware County Office of District Attorney, Juvenile Probation Office, City of Chester – Office of Community Liaisons, Chester Police Department, WorkReady Chester, Widener University Law School and Social Work Counseling Services, Crozer-Keystone Substance Abuse Services and Behavioral Health, Chester Drug Free Communities, Chester-Upland School District, Chester Higher Education Council, College Access Center of Delaware County, Proverbs Basketball & Mentoring Association, City of Promise and Local Laborers Union 413.

This new program has eight core components that include: case management, mentoring, educational interventions, service-learning, occupational training in demand industries which lead to industry-recognized credentials, workforce activities that lead to employment, follow-up services, and expungement and diversion services (collaborating with non-profit legal services providers). Janet Riley-Ford, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club, comments, “We are thankful to Connection Training Services for awarding us this important grant to help the young people of Chester with a new opportunity to transition into the workforce through the support of the business and law communities.”

Local law enforcement is an integral partner in this program with the reality that a young person will be eligible as a result of their prior court involvement with the juvenile justice system (JJS). There is evidence that expungement and diversion services provide an effective strategy for youth who have had transgressions with the law. District Attorney Jack Whelan comments, “Juvenile arrests can follow individuals for the rest of their lives and become a major barrier to inclusion and advancement in the workforce. This program will address this issue by developing skills and increasing the opportunities youth need to move forward successfully in the workforce. Through this county-wide partnership led by the Boys & Girls Club of Chester, I believe more youth will have the opportunity to leave their past transgressions behind them and look forward towards a promising, brighter future.”

The Boys & Girls Club of Chester was established in 1930 to provide a place of learning, support and growth for the youth of Chester in a safe environment. Today, they continue their mission in the George E. Carter Center located at 201 E. 7th Street in Chester. This modern facility offers school-aged boys and girls with entertaining programs and athletic activities in an environment which is focused on education, character development, and discussing healthy lifestyle choices.

Boys & Girls Club of Chester Receives $25,000 Donation Courtesy of Comcast Foundation

Chester ComCast
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The Boys & Girls Club of Chester recently received a $25,000 donation courtesy of the Comcast Foundation that will enhance educational and mentoring opportunities for Chester youth. This donation occurred as a result of the Club’s support of Club Tech 2014, a digital literacy program through the Boys & Girls Club of America (BGCA) that aims to make technology accessible, intriguing and fun.

At the Boys & Girls Club of Chester, youth are engaged in Club Tech classes several times a week and every Saturday. These classes provide an overview of Microsoft Office, with targeted instruction on Microsoft Powerpoint and marketing software applications. Students receive critical educational tools to improve their technological skills that create greater opportunities for them within the Club’s mentor program.

This generous donation from Comcast Foundation will help purchase new computers and LED Televisions allowing for a greater instructional experience within the classrooms. Janet Riley-Ford is the executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of Chester, and she comments, "Our students are motivated to make a difference in their community and they recognize the value of digital literacy. We are very appreciative of this financial support from Comcast Foundation, and we look forward to adding new opportunities for our youth such as videography and digital photography thanks to this donation."

The Comcast Foundation was founded by Comcast Corporation in June 1999 to provide charitable support to qualified nonprofit organizations. The Foundation primarily invests in programs intended to have a positive, sustainable impact on their communities. The Foundation has three community investment priorities: promoting community service, expanding digital literacy and building tomorrow’s leaders. Since its inception, the Comcast Foundation has donated more than $130 million to organizations in the communities nationwide that Comcast serves. More information about the Foundation and its programs is available at

The Boys & Girls Club of Chester was established in 1930 to provide a place of learning, support and growth for the youth of Chester in a safe environment. Today, they continue their mission in the George E. Carter Center located at 201 E. 7th Street in Chester. This modern facility offers school-aged boys and girls with entertaining programs and athletic activities in an environment which is focused on education, character development, and discussing healthy lifestyle choices. For more information, visit

Boys and Girls Club of Chester Raised Over $30,000 at 2nd Annual Dinner to Support Local Youth Programs and Activities

(Harrah's Casino - Philadelphia)

The Boys and Girls Club of Chester raised over $30,000 at its 2nd Annual Dinner held on Friday, April 4 at Harrah’s Philadelphia. 240 people attended this social evening to generate new funding for local youth programs and activities for the Boys and Girls Club of Chester. Ms. Erika von Tiehl, CBS 3 anchor, was the Master of Ceremonies for the event, which included dinner, dancing, a silent auction, an awards presentation and more.

Those in attendance shared many ideas and also lots of smiles, as they offered their perspective on how to best help boys and girls within Chester. The community leaders enjoyed the opportunity to strengthen partnerships and friendships around the mission of providing wholesome developmental opportunities for our young people. Patrick Gavin, chief operating officer for Crozer-Keystone Health System and president of the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Chester, comments, "We believe that this event was a success due to the passion and desire of community leaders to make a positive difference, and we are very thankful. The future is bright for the Boys and Girls Club of Chester."

A highlight of the event was the recognition of the annual awards to individuals who have provided valuable contributions for the Boys and Girls Club of Chester. This year’s recipients included:

  • Keith Taylor, Employee of the Year Service Award

    • For his team spirit, dedication and commitment to the youth of the community.
  • Dan and Patricia Banta, Corporate Partnership Award

    • As owners of B&S Deli/Sunoco (2200 West Second Street, Chester), the Bantas are active and supportive partners who continue to demonstrate their loyal commitment for the community.
  • Bruce Simons, Board of Directors Service Award

    • For his generous contributions as an engaged leader. Specifically, he created and funded a Junior Garden Program that won a blue ribbon the first year it was implemented.
  • Charles "Mr. Mac" McMillan, Lifetime Service Award

    • McMillan was the director of the club in the 1950’s and 1960’s, and currently remains an active member of the Board of Directors.

The Boys and Girls Club of Chester was established in 1930 to provide a place of learning, support and growth for the youth of Chester in a safe environment. Today, they continue their mission in the George E. Carter Center located at 201 E. 7th Street in Chester. This modern facility offers school-aged boys and girls with entertaining programs and athletic activities in an environment which is focused on education, character development, and discussing healthy lifestyle choices.

Sponsors for the Annual Dinner included: Ahrendorf and Associates, Amerihealth Caritas, B&S Deli/Sunoco, ChesPenn Health Services, Chester Water Authority, City of Chester, Crozer-Chester Medical Center, JCK Homes, LLC, Labors Local 413, Radio Communication Service, Inc., Schmidt Properties, T. Frank McCall’s, Inc., Thomas J. Anderson & Associates, Inc., Wawa, and Widener University.

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They Aren't Urban Cowboys, but Kids Gettting Hands-on with Horses

Through the Boys and Girl’s Club, Traylen Sadler, 14, has had his second horse-riding experience through the All Rider’s Up program.

The children put on their blue helmets preparing for the exciting experience of riding a horse; for most of the children it would be their first time. The Boys and Girls Club of Chester (BGC) took children out to Garnet Valley last Wednesday for their equestrian experience at the All Riders Up Ranch; for the second year where they will be learning farm life and horsemanship for two-weeks.

“I like it. It’s fun. This is my second time riding. I like sitting on the horse,” said Traylen Sadler, 14, after dismounting one of the horses.

About 70 kids from the Boys and Girls Club of Chester participated in the All Riders Up program

Donna Northern, policy and development coordinator for BGC, thought it was great to see children learn how to ride horses and learn other various responsibilities associated with taking care of animals

“This is a great experience for our young people in that they have the opportunity to ride horses,” said Northern

Prior to mounting their steeds, campers had fun learning how to juggle and participated in juggling acts with Randy Lyons, a professional juggler of 18 years.

Lyons and Ellen and Jack McMichael, from the Turks Head Juggling Club, shared other farm responsibilities, one of which involved managing honey bees.

“The kids have just been terrific. It’s been gratifying for me to be here and watch the magic happen,” said Lyons.

All Riders Up is a non-profit charitable organization that provides county residents with special needs a therapeutic way to exercise by learning to ride horses. The 12-acre ranch is owned by Art and Marcey Laver, both of whom were in the medical field for over 35 years. Art was a doctor and Marcy a nurse. Art Laver delivered babies at Crozer-Chester Medical Center over those years said, through the program, he and his wife wanted to give back.

“I wanted to give back to the people of Chester,” said Laver. “We talked about the possibility of a bunch of kids coming out here to be able to learn about horses and horsemanship and have a good time.”

Laver said he and his wife had talked about using their ranch for therapeutic support, but also saw the possibility to provide a new experience for at-risk youth.

The 17 horses are specially trained to carry most special needs people ranging from autistic to persons with spinal injuries.

“The Boys and Girls Club has learned about responsibility as a result of this, something about the way large animals react to people. But for us, the best part about it is that these kids are having fun.”




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