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To inspire and enable youth from all backgrounds to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.
The West End House Boys & Girls Club (WEH) is an independent Boys and Girls Club in the City of Boston that has been transforming the lives of immigrant and urban youth since its founding in 1906. A century ago, many of our members were the sons of immigrants escaping the pogroms of Eastern Europe. Today, they are the sons and daughters of immigrants from the Dominican Republic, China, Vietnam, Haiti, Cape Verde and three dozen other countries, often fleeing political unrest and poverty to seek a better life for their children in the U.S.
With 75% of WEH families earning less than $25,000 per year and 70% of the young people served coming from single parent households, the WEH is truly reaching the children and teens most in need. The membership fee is only $15 annually, to ensure there are no financial barriers to participation. Even with such a low fee, more than half of the young people are provided scholarships by the WEH.
The West End House offers its 1,500 members an integrated array of programs across four broad areas: leadership and life skills; academic support and college preparation; sports, fitness and nutrition; and visual and performing arts. In support of these programs, the WEH also serves over 1,200 healthful hot meals to members every week.