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To provide access and opportunities for youth to reach their full potential as responsible members of the community.


We believe success is within reach for every young person that walks through our doors.


Our kids benefit from trained staff and volunteers. Caring professionals who help them take control of their lives, envision productive futures, and reach their goals. 


For over 40 years, the Boys & Girls Club of Harlem has proudly served Harlem youth and the community.


Kids and teens take part in life-changing programs with support from their peers.


And caring adults provide an environment that is positive, welcoming, and fun.


1980: Rev. ML Wilson, Lewis M. Cofield and the parishioners of the Convent Avenue Baptist Church set out to create a home where Harlem youth could learn and grow.


1986: BGCHarlem purchased the vacant

P.S. 186 building from New York City


1988: M.L. Wilson Clubhouse founded 


2006: Frederick Douglass Academy Clubhouse founded 


2007: Manhattanville Clubhouse founded 


2014: Construction begins on BGCHarlem 

Clubhouse and headquarters at P.S. 186


2016: BGCHarlem opens new 10,000 sq. ft. Clubhouse, with an expansive Teen Center and our administrative offices

2018: #BlackPantherChallenge results in $1Million Disney donation to youth STEM programs


2019: Unveiled our new state-of-the-art Disney Center of Innovation, designed to spark youth’s interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)


Board Chair


Shaba R. Keys is Associate Vice President, Government and Community Affairs, at Columbia University. 

She has a broad project portfolio that includes fostering strategic partnerships, developing inter-University programs, and directing educational and youth strategies such as the Connecting Youth Initiative.

Before assuming her role at Columbia University in 2013, she served in executive roles with Enterprise Community Partners, The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), and Surdna Foundation facilitating public-private partnerships and initiatives to serve disinvested communities. She led national evaluative assessments while building collaborative networks among CBOs, local and elected leadership, and corporate stakeholders. 

Shaba received a B.A. from Tufts University and a J.D. from The Columbus School of Law, Catholic University.

Shaba was elected Board Chair of BGCHarlem in January 2018. A member of the Board since 2014, she previously served as First Vice-Chair along with serving on multiple committees. Although she remains a Washingtonian at heart, Shaba is uniquely vested as a professional, resident, and parent in Harlem. 

For over 20 years, with the support of her husband and two daughters, she has worked to serve community and youth, particularly in Northern Manhattan. Her service is inspired by her parents, longtime educators to youth in Washington, D.C.


Shaba R. Keys, Chair

AVP of Government and Community Affairs

Columbia University


Elois Dupree, Second Vice Chair

Consultant, Children’s Services


Kathy Harrison, Treasurer

Financial Consultant

La-Tonia Middleton-Jackson, Secretary

Elena K. Boyd

Manager, Accenture

Winston Gilchrist

Principal,Winchrist Experience- Photography & Photo

Delores Jones

Founding Board Member

Retired, NYC

Human Resources Administration

Yolanda Holmes

Real Estate Portfolio Manager, Walgreens

Shirley A. Lewis

Bank Service Management


Aleesha Taylor

Principal, Herald Advisors


Christopher Watler

Executive Director, 

Center for Employment Opportunity


Alethia Brown

Principal, 401 W 149th Street Properties

Honorary Board Member

The Honorable Charles B. Rangel



Sharon Joseph

CEO/Executive Director

Roberto Serrano

Director of Operations

Justine Robinson

Academic Programs Manager

Chaelee Dalton

Stem Program Director



Alembic Community Development

Americorps VISTA

Boys & Girls Club of America

Carver Bank

Columbia Community Services

Combs Enterprises

Food Bank For New York City

Fresh Direct, Inc.


Harlem Community Development Corporation



Mertz Gilmore Foundation

New York City Department of Education

NYC Council Manhattan Delegation

NYC Council Member Bill Perkins

NYC Council Member Mark Levine

NYC Council Speaker, Melissa Mark-Viverito

NYC Service

NYS Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs

NYS Assembly Member, Denny Farrell

NYS Office of Children & Family Services

Open Society Institute Charitable Events Fund

QBE Foundation

The Pinkerton Foundation

Time Warner, Inc.

U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs

United Federation of Teachers

West Harlem Development Corporation

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