Great Think Series
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From Great Think to Great Action
  • Every child deserves a great future. For the first time in history, however, today’s generation is estimated to be worse off than their parents. Consider these alarming facts of why America’s kids are in crisis:

    • America’s high school graduation rate ranks 22nd among 28 countries.
    • 1 in 5 youth in America lives in poverty.
    • 3 out of 10 kids are obese or overweight.

    This is why Boys & Girls Clubs of America, whose 4,000 Clubs serve nearly 4 million kids, launched the Great Futures Campaign: the Campaign for America’s kids. The Great Futures Campaign is an unprecedented initiative to mobilize our nation and ensure that America’s youth, especially those who need us most, graduate from high school on time with a plan for the future; demonstrate good character and citizenship; and live a healthy lifestyle.

  • As part of BGCA’s Great Futures Campaign, each Great Think is an executive roundtable discussion on critical issues facing kids today—from STEM to safety. Designed to facilitate public-private collaborations that ensure great futures for America’s youth, the Great Think series’ purpose is three-fold:

    • Convene key influencers and stakeholders to develop action plans that address critical issues
    • Develop strategic plans and programming to be implemented in more than 4,000 Boys & Girls Clubs across the country
    • Enable change through activism and advocacy among partners, supporters and Club alumni to benefit the millions of youth served by Boys & Girls Clubs

    Every day, in every Club, we’re changing lives. Together, with key partners, we will change America’s future.

  • The Great Think series convenes key influencers to examine critical issues facing kids today, specifically the increasing challenges facing military families; providing STEM educational opportunities to underserved youth; reversing the childhood obesity epidemic; and strengthening child protection and safety practices nationwide.

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Most of the fastest growing occupations will require some education and experience in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). To prepare America’s youth for the jobs of tomorrow, BGCA is convening thought leaders from higher education, corporate America, non-profit partners and federal agencies in the first national discussion to combine to combine innovation and creativity with STEM programming in the out-of-school time environment.

Purpose: Develop a strategic plan for public-private solutions to advance STEM programs in the out-of-school space; engage and retain more underrepresented youth in STEM education; and create clear pathways and partnerships to guide more youth to succeed in STEM careers.

Topics: Defining college and career readiness (including military); engaging industry professionals as volunteers and mentors; and leveraging technology for advanced learning, training and collaboration.

Result: A Great Think white paper report will capture the strategic actions and recommendations to lay the groundwork for future public-private collaborations.

Participants: Hosted by Jeff Henley, Chairman of Oracle and member of BGCA’s Board of Governors, and featuring renowned leaders from industry, higher education, government agencies, national nonprofits and members of BGCA’s National STEM Advisory Council.

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As the series’ inaugural event, the Military Great Think was our nation’s first convening of military experts from academia, business, government, media and the nonprofit sector to address the significant challenges facing military youth.

Click here to learn more and view photos from this discussion.

Upcoming Events
GreatThink Youth Safety

The Ritz Carlton
Washington, D.C.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Youth Safety Great Think confronts one of the most pressing issues faced by our nation – and the world: keeping kids safe.

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Calendar of Events

Healthy Lifestyles Great Think
Spring 2015


Child Safety Great Think
The Ritz Carlton
Washington, D.C.
September 16, 2014


STEM Great Think
Redwood City, CA
May 2, 2014


Military Great Think
Arlington, VA
September 13, 2013

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