HISTORY AND STATS
In the late 40’s, a group of local businessmen from the City of Rensselaer realized that the City needed a place for Boys to participate in recreational activities and build their character.
1948 – A tract of land in the 500 Block of Broadway was donated by Herman Moch to construct a Boys Club, and the fund raising began
August 24, 1948 – Rensselaer Boys Club was issued a Certificate of Incorporation from the State of New York
June 11, 1949 – Ground Breaking ceremony for new Club House – View the Agenda for the Ceremony
1952 – James P. Kenealy assumes the position of Executive Director of the Club
November 17, 1952 – Rensselaer Boys Club is chartered by Boys Clubs of America
February 7, 1953 – The Rensselaer Boys Club opens it’s doors – Click here to view a sketch from opening day, and the telegram of approval from the Western Union
April 1957 – Capital Campaign begins to raise $75,000 to increase the size and space of the Club
December 15, 1957 – Dedication of new addition
1963 – The Club's 10th Anniversary. Now serving 750 boys
1973 – The Club's 20th Anniversary
1981 – Rensselaer Boys Club begins registering girls as members
1981 – Official name change to Rensselaer Boys & Girls Club
1983 – The Club's 30th Anniversary
1987 – Jim Kenealy retires as Executive Director after 35 years of service.
1987 – Ted Diamond assumes the position of Executive Director of the Club
1990 – Gordon Noel Golf Classic debuts
1993 – The Club's 40th Anniversary
1994 – Ted Diamond retires after 41 years of service
1995 – Richard E. Van Vorst assumes the position of Executive Director of the Club
Cash for Kids Auction debuts
1997 – Official name change to Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Rensselaer County. Now serving over 2500 boys & girls
2002 – Castleton Club Opened
2003 – The Club's 50th Anniversary
2016 – Jessica Rowell assumes the position of Executive Director of the Club
While our achievements are extensive, we are committed to continue aggressively expanding our services to reach more children. With the help of all the individuals, corporations and foundations who share our beliefs in the potential of all girls and boys, regardless of their circumstances, we look to the future with great optimism.
A recent program evaluation was undertaken by the Boys & Girls Clubs to gather detailed information about the strengths and weaknesses of various programs.
Some notable results are:
The average grades of those who participated in our tutoring program improved in every subject area during the 1997 academic year
95% of youth participating in computer classes demonstrated an increase in knowledge, and more than 50% used the Clubs' computers for homework assignments
90% of parents surveyed reported that the Clubs have helped keep their children off drugs
100% of members participating in our Gang Prevention Program were not involved in gang activity