Entries by Saskia Thomson

An Ordinary Afternoon that was Extraordinary

People often ask how Grenville Baker Boys & Girls Club “inspires and enables all young people to realize their potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens and community leaders of tomorrow.” The answer is as complex as childhood, itself. Afterall, there are so many ways to interpret what it means to be “productive, responsible, caring […]

Once a Club Kid, Always a Club Kid

Alumni Spotlight: Melissa Rhodes   Melissa Rhodes joined Grenville Baker Boys & Girls Club when she was just 8 years old. Little did she know then that belonging to the Club would come to define her life in so many ways. In fact, Melissa and her brother Rich belonged to the Club through their formative years. […]


Grenville Baker Boys & Girls Club is pleased to announce new positions to its Board of Directors. John Campbell has been elected to the position of President of the Board. The Club is also pleased to welcome Natalia Good and Sean Simensky to its Board.   John Campbell  John Campbell will serve as Board President for 2021. John became involved in the Club began when his children […]

Healthy Snacks Bring Joy

Grenville Baker Boys & Girls Club is delighted to have been awarded a $5,000 grant from the Joy in Childhood Foundation to help enhance its afterschool healthy snacks program. We are very grateful for this gift as we know that good nutrition is integral to children’s well–being and helps them stay on track to reach their […]

Exploring The Arts 

Outdoor Art As part of our College Prep program, our Club has traditionally offered a “City Club,” which aims to introduce teens to new experiences in New York City. In the past, many of the outings featured trips to Broadway shows and museums. We deeply believe that young people benefit from cultural and other new experiences – broadening their outlook on the world and introducing a range of careers. However, with New York City’s […]

For the Love of Pets: Teens learn about Veterinary Science with Banfield Pet Hospital

On December 9, 2020 our teens had a very special and interactive presentation with a veterinarian from Banfield Pet Hospital, the largest veterinary practice in the country with more than 1,000 hospitals. For the session, our teens virtually met with Dr. Roxanne Suarez, Chief of Staff at the Banfield Middletown Hospital, along with special guest, Rocky the Pomeranian. The purpose of the event was to help teens explore what kind of […]

The Art of Holiday Shopping

For many of us, the Thanksgiving weekend marks the beginning of holiday shopping season.  Indeed, the bargains begin before the last piece of pie is served! This year, we hope that you will keep the Club and our kids in mind as the holiday spirit takes hold. Here are a few ways to give back while […]

The Trick to a Halloween Treat!

There are few things that children look forward to more than a day dedicated to candy, costumes, and spooky stories. This year, to ensure safety, our creative staff and Keystone teens transformed our customary Spook Alley event into a haunted house on wheels, which traveled to each of our afterschool sites on October 30th.   Leading up to the event, our Keystone Club teens decorated a Grenville Baker bus in various Halloween motifs and stuffed individual trick-or-treat goody bags for the children in our afterschool […]