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:

    • 1 in 5 high school students fails to graduate on time.
    • 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 more than 4,100 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 4,100 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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The Youth Safety Great Think confronts one of the most pressing issues faced by our nation – and the world: keeping kids safe. With more than 4,100 Clubs serving nearly 4 million young people annually, and a more than 100 year track record of transforming kids’ lives, BGCA is uniquely positioned to be a lead advocate for youth safety in Clubs, communities and schools. We intend for every child, in every environment, to be safe and to feel safe, so we are bringing together national thought leaders for the greatest common good imaginable: ensuring safe childhoods.

Purpose: Define best practices and create a national model in excellence, leadership and innovation to better protect kids in the Club, their homes, schools and community.  

Topics: Engaging youth and families on safety issues; building collaborations and forging public policy; creating safe cultures and climates in youth programs; using technological innovations to ensure safety; and building capacity

Result: A Youth Safety Great Think white paper report will report the recommendations to better protect youth.


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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 convened thought leaders from higher education, government, corporations and nonprofits in the first national discussion to combine to combine innovation and creativity with STEM programming in the out-of-school time environment. 


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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

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


Youth 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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