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Boys & Girls Club of Ridgefield

Contact Jeff

Title: Progam Coordinator
Hometown:  Danbury, CT
Joined the Ridgefield Club: 2012
Years with the Boys & Girls Club Movement: 6
Email: jgoncalves@bgcridgefield.org
Phone: 203-438-8821 ext. 19

About Jeff

Jeff started as a volunteer coach for our Doin’ Time Baseball Academy in 2011 and joined us in the fall of 2012, as a part time After-School Staff member.  After being hired part time, hebegan to immediately build a connection with our middle school members, and when the Club debuted our Middle School Lounge, Jeff became our Middle School Lounge Supervisor. The middle school population has grown significantly throughout the last few years, and shows no signs of slowing down.  In January 2015, Jeff was brought on as our Program Coordinator, and works closely with Jess to implement daily programming in each our five core areas.  

During the 2014-2015 school year, Jeff was the advisor for our 5th  grade character and leadership group, Gem Club, and won the state wide recycling challenge in his first year! In the fall of 2015, Jeff was appointed as BGCR's Torch Club Advisor.  As Torch Club Advisor, Jeff works with our Middle School Students on a daily basis to plan and implement projects and events in four core areas: Service to the Club, Service to the Community, Education and Social Recreation.  In his first year as advisor, Jeff was nominated by his members for the Torch Club Advisor of Year award. Jeff has been a great addition to the team, and constantly engages the middle school crew in unique activities that satisfy their emotional & intellectual needs.  The Middle School Coffee House and "Jeff-ardy" are the crew's favorite programs. 

In his first summer, Jeff was head counselor for Group Three, the summer camp’s second largest group in 2012. Since that time, Jeff was promoted to Group Two Director and was responsible for the daily operations of our Club's largest summer camp group. In addition to being Director of Group Two this past summer, Jeff was also promoted to Director of our Leader’s in Training program, which had the largest number of high school volunteers to date! Jeff is also one of our head lifeguards, as well as a CPO (Certified Pool Operator). Jeff is also an alternate camp director during the summer hours.

When Jeff first came to the Club he was finishing up his core classes in pursuit of a career in Law Enforcement. After having a glimpse into the life of a youth development professional he decided to he wanted to dedicate his life's work to enabling youth to reach their full potential. Jeff has transferred from Naugatuck Valley Community College and is currently taking classes in the field of Non-Profit & Recreational Management at Southern New Hampshire State University.