Law enforcement officials call the hours between 3 pm and 6 pm the "danger zone". That is when children in New Hampshire are most likely to experiment with drugs and alcohol, become pregnant, get in a serious accident, or become a victim or perpetrator of a crime.
The Boys & Girls Club is a barrier against this danger zone and a gateway to opportunity. When Concord's Police Association founded the Club in 1944, they took a chance. Instead of booking delinquent boys at the police station, officers dropped them off at a tiny clubhouse on Highland Avenue. There the boys discovered a safe place to belong, caring adults, constructive activities-and a new beginning.
The Club has evolved from a primarily recreation-based facility to a one-stop-shop for a variety of services-from homework assistance and fine art instruction to leadership development and mentoring. Membership now totals 1,300 boys and girls at six service sites-and our founders' simple formula for change remains effective. Alumni of all generations refer to the Club as their "home away from home". They can tell you the name of the staff member who motivated them to be more and do more.
Ninety-four percent of New Hampshire alumni say the Club helped them learn right from wrong.
Eighty percent say the Club helped them with work life and career.
Ninety percent say they are satisfied with their adult life.
These results are a direct reflection of the businesses, individuals and foundations that support the club , creating opportunities for all kids (no matter what their financial circumstances might be) to succeed in school, develop positive, lasting relationships with peers and adults, try enriching new activities and, most important, recognize their own potential to succeed.