Accomplishments


As a result of our approach to programming and STEAM-focused activities, the Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster has received local and national awards and recognition, including the following.

• Our Club is one of three clubs nationwide chosen to be represented on the Boys & Girls Clubs of America STEAM Advisory Council.

• Our Club is a member of the Governor’s Massachusetts STEM Advisory Council, Diversity Team Subcommittee.

• The BGCFL piloted the revamped technology program for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, which was later introduced to all clubs in the movement.

• For the past four years, we have been participants in the Raytheon & NE Patriots Science of Sports Science Fair held at Gillette Stadium. At the 2012 Science Fair, we took second place out of 25 teams from three states. Two years later, though our team was the youngest of the 33 in attendance, we won first place after competing against middle and high school students from three states.

• Out of more than 4,000 Boys & Girls Clubs in the nation, the BGCFL won a Merit Award in 2013 for our Overall Programs.

• In May 2012, we were honored to be asked to present our Innovative Education program model at the Boys & Girls Club of America National Conference in San Diego, CA.

• In October 2012, the BGCFL was asked to participate in the Boys & Girls Clubs of America Northeast Leadership conference. We met the President of FIRST Robotics and were asked to assist him with his presentation and introduction of the partnership between the Boys & Girls Club of America and FIRST Robotics to the 400+ clubs in attendance.

• In October 2012, we accepted an award for increased average daily attendance of our members. We received a Gold Level award for an increase of 50%.

We are proud to organize and direct the Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster Central MA Science Festival, an event affiliated with the Cambridge Science Festival and the first activity of its kind in central Massachusetts. The third annual event was held on April 16, 2016, and the five hours of hands on science activities and workshops for children and families was a big success.

• We recently received our national certification as a Service Enterprise Points of Light Volunteer Organization, making us the only Club in the state of Massachusetts and one of two Boys & Girls Clubs nationwide to have the certification.

We piloted a program, Mission Solar System, for WGBH and NASA.

• We participated in NASA’s Signatures in Space Program by sending a poster with signatures and a picture of the club members who signed it to the International Space Station (ISS).

• We have a video on our website recorded on the ISS by astronaut and friend George Zamka.

We organize, coordinate, and host an official FIRST Lego League (FLL) robotics qualifying tournament for the Regional Championship held at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, WPI. The 2014 tournament was our second.

• We started our FIRST Robotics programs with FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) in 2010 and added FLL in 2011. In 2013, we had three FLL teams. In 2014, 5 teams. Our all girl team took the award for programming during the 2013 FLL Regional Qualifying Tournament.

We provided a computer science game design program, Scratch, for our 10 town special education collaborative school which provides a middle and high school for youth with learning and emotional disabilities. This program was provided during the school day at the Club.

•  We currently offer Cisco A+ training, representing a partnership between BGCA, AT&T and Cisco.

•  In 2016, our website won a Silver Marketing and Communications Award in Digital Marketing from BGCA at the National Conference.