Paul R. McLaughlin Youth Center

Dorchester Music Clubhouse


(617) 288-7120


Connecting youth with music and opportunity: The Dorchester Music Clubhouse, located at the Paul R. McLaughlin Youth Center, is a place where music, fun, education, and expression come together. Come in and learn to play an instrument, practice what you know, start a band, record or write a song, meet your friends, or make new ones. See a performance, talk about your favorite music, hear new music, or take part in a workshop. Don’t forget about performances and field trips.


The Dorchester Music Clubhouse is also a gateway into the amazing City Music Program, sponsored by Berklee College of Music for Middle School and High School students to prepare for a Berklee Education!


Paul R. McLaughlin Youth Center
1135 Dorchester Ave
Dorchester, MA 02125
United States
Key Partners: 

Dorchester Music Clubhouse is a program of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester. Sponsors include Berklee College of Music, Music & Youth Initiative, Charles Hayden Foundation, Amelia Peabody Foundation, City of Boston Dept. of Neighborhood Development.

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Contact director for schedule, to sign up for classes or to volunteer. 

Key Programs Offered: 

Music, music production and songwriting lessons; concerts & events; workshops; game nights; Rock Band 


Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester: Paul R. McLaughlin Youth Center



Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

September 8 - July 1

  • Bantams: Programmed activities only;
    Monday – Friday 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 
  • Cadets: Monday – Friday 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.; 
    Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
  • Juniors/Intermediates/Seniors:
    Monday - Friday 3:00 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.;
    Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. 

July 7 - August 15

  • Cadets & Juniors:
    Session 1– July 7– July 25; 9:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
    Session 2 – July 28 – August 15 ; 9:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
  • Bantams:
    Session 1 Morning – July 7 – July 25; 9:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
    Session 1 Afternoon – July 7 – July 25; 1:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
    Session 2 Morning – July 28 – August 15; 9:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
    Session 2 Afternoon – July 28 – August 15; 1:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
    Intermediates/Seniors Monday - Friday 11:00 a.m. – 10:45 p.m.; Saturday 5:00 p.m. – 10:45 p.m.

To inspire and enable all young people, from diverse circumstances, to realize their full potential by providing opportunities for personal growth to become contributing, caring and responsible members of the community. Our Boys & Girls Clubs Provide A safe place to learn and grow. Ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals. Life-enhancing programs and character development experiences. Hope and opportunity.


Boys and Girls Club, Paul R. McLaughlin Youth Center
1135 Dorchester Avenue
Dorchester, MA 02125
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Membership in the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester is open to all children between the ages of 6 and 17. Our Club has an "open door" policy. Members are well supervised while in the program areas, but may come and go as they please. The membership fee for all ages is just $5.00 per year, or $10.00 per year for immediate family members registering at the same time. All members must furnish proof of age when signing up.

Bantams: ages 6 - 7 (limited membership; no drop-in, programmed activities only.) 
Cadets: ages 8 - 9 Juniors: ages 10 - 12
Intermediates: ages 13 - 15
Seniors: ages 16 – 17

Orientation: After registering, members must attend a member's orientation. Parents are encouraged to attend as well.

Key Programs Offered: 

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester offer club members the chance to participate in programs that foster the intellectual, artistic and athletic interests of its members. Each program is age appropriate, supervised, structured and most importantly - designed to accommodate the wide variety of learning styles, social skills and intellectual abilities that our children bring to the Club each and every day. Members are grouped according to age and interests with activities falling into the following categories:

Triple Play – A comprehensive wellness program that weaves physical fitness, nutrition, stress reduction, healthy lifestyle choices together by drawing upon the 200+ programs that take place at the Club

The Arts – Painting & drawing, sculpture, photography and digital design

Music - Comprehensive music program including instruments, voice, and dance lessons. Also home to the Dorchester Music Clubhouse

Partnership with Berklee College of Music Education - Daily homework help, one-on-one tutoring, reading & writing enrichment, MCAS & SAT preparation

Life Skills - Leadership groups for 13-17 year olds (Keystone Club) and 10-13 year olds (Torch Club) teach civic responsibility and pride

Technology - Three computer learning centers, each with 10 computers, are available to members for educational and research purposes

Athletics - Basketball, hockey, soccer, baseball, track, volleyball, gymnastics, Judo and more

Aquatics - Organized swim teams, swimming lessons and drop-in swimming for all ages and levels

Social Recreation - Chess and other strategic board games, puzzles, pool, foosball, and movies

Career Service – Career preparation, placement and guidance for teens seeking employment support

Child Care - Licensed care for infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers; after-school care for children ages 6-12

Community Meeting Space Available: 


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