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BOSTON – Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston (BGCB) has named Joshua Davis as the new executive director of the Edgerley Family South Boston Club after over two decades with the organization. Davis replaces Harry Duvall, who was involved with the Club for 18 impactful years before moving on to a new opportunity.
Davis will use his wealth of experience and relationships to build upon the South Boston Club’s foundation in providing enriching resources, facilities and opportunities to South Boston’s young people and families.
“We’re thrilled to have such a deserving member of our family move into the executive director role to lead the South Boston Club. Josh will continue to lead our South Boston’s youth in an even more prominent role, and further promote our mission of providing new opportunities to invest in our community’s urban talent pipeline,” said Nicholas President and CEO, Robert Lewis, Jr. “Josh understands the goals of the organization, has established relationships with the community and can motivate both the staff and youth.”
Going on his third decade with the organization, Davis enters his new role with a vast array of knowledge, both internally and externally, through his relationships with numerous BGCB committees and stakeholders. Davis has served many positions within the BGCB organization since 2001 as senior director of operations, Club director, senior director of shared space Clubs, and director of education. Under his leadership with BGCB’s shared space Clubs, the staff has executed the organization’s mission of preparing its youth to be tomorrow’s future leaders and responsible citizens. His ability to form and mold relationships combined with his interpersonal characteristics has allowed BGCB to benefit from partnerships with organizations such as Boston After School & Beyond, After School and Out of School, Boston Public Health’s Violence Intervention Program and Boston Public Schools. He had a profound impact on the Condon South Boston Club by facilitating the Ready to Work Academy, which has helped hundreds of members prepare for a career after graduation. His work has positively transformed the lives of thousands of past and present members.
“It is an honor to return to the South Boston Club and community that welcomed me 21 years ago to work alongside and lead a talented staff as we work diligently on behalf of the next generation of leaders in our community,” said Davis. “Club members often refer to the Club as their second home, and I am forever motivated by the opportunity to create a haven filled with opportunity, joy, and a sense of belonging for our city’s youth. I can’t wait to begin working with our local Advisory Board, key stakeholders, partners, and of course, our amazing staff, as we provide life changing experiences for our members.”
As Duvall stepped down, many Club families and parents were relieved to hear the news of Davis’s hiring.
“As a Trustee and Club parent, I am very excited for Josh to bring his leadership and knowledge of the community to the Southie Club,” said LeeAnn Manning, a South Boston Club parent and BGCB Trustee. “His thoughtful, strategic leadership of our shared space Clubs and history with the organization provides a strong platform for all he will accomplish in South Boston.”
About Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston
Since its founding in 1893, Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston (BGCB) has been helping young people, especially those who need us most, build strong character and realize their full potential as responsible citizens and leaders. BGCB does this by providing a safe haven filled with hope and opportunity, ongoing relationships with caring adults, and life-enhancing programs in six core program areas. The organization serves more than 8,000 individuals in 9 Clubs and through its YouthConnect program in partnership with the Boston Police Department. BGCB is an affiliate of Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley. For more information, visit BGCB on the web at bgcb.org.
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