(The program)… is a game changer. It transforms young people to understand their value. It gives them a world beyond their block, their neighborhood and their city. It’s been amazing to watch their transformation, how they come back so much more appreciative of their schools and their communities.” Andrea Swain, Executive Director of Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston’s Yawkey Club of Roxbury
Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston and the Fish Family Foundation share a deep belief that travel opportunities can help young people see a world of possibility, feel empowered personally and know they can make a difference in the world.
Why Experiential Travel Programs?
Boston is an international city full of opportunities. As the world becomes more and more interconnected, we need to ensure our youngest citizens are equipped with the skills, knowledge, attitudes and experiences to be successful here or anywhere they may choose to live.
America’s incompetence in …cultural awareness jeopardizes our nation’s future in global affairs. This lack of global perspective damages America’s ability to compete in world markets.” Former U.S. Senator Paul Simon
For more than 15 years, the Fish Family Foundation has collaborated with Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston to provide in-depth, life-changing international and cultural travel experiences for over 275 teens. Nearly triple that number have participated in Experiential Travel Programs through pre-trip workshops and related programming. Explore Japan was the first program in 2004 and Explore India was added in 2011. The Director of Experiential Travel Programs position was created in 2017 to coordinate the continuation of both programs while creating the Native America Travel Program. The second Explore India program started in 2019 and a second Explore Japan program began in 2020.
Today, these opportunities continue to expand to new sites and destinations. We are developing a strategy for supporting alumni of these experiences and empowering them to take an active role in the future of Experiential Travel Programs. Currently, five travel programs are offered at Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston: Explore Japan is available to members of the Charlestown Club and Berkshire Partners Blue Hill Club, Explore India is available to members of the Yawkey Club of Roxbury and Edgerley Family South Boston Club, and the Native America Travel Program is available to members of the Jordan Club in Chelsea.
Spend one year in a supportive learning community of positive peers and caring adults. Travel the world with your friends. Join a lifelong network.
Making a difference
Experiential Travel Programs build the social and emotional development skills that young people need to be successful in life.