Let’s change the conversation!
Youth Who Thrive - Studies show that young people who engage in service do better in school, maintain positive relationships with adults and peers, and avoid risky behaviors. In 2009, Club youth participated in civic engagement activities resulting in some 1.2 million volunteer service hours.
The “education equation” is more than schools and parents. A crucial factor is the local community organization, which bridges the gap between academia and home. Youth-serving organizations, such as Boys & Girls Clubs, often serve as partners to both teachers and parents by providing programs and resources to bolster schoolwork.
The dropout crisis is not just a school, youth or parent issue – it’s a community and societal issue. A crisis of this magnitude involves ALL of us.
With some 4,000 locations in every state and on military installations around the world, Boys & Girls Clubs are uniquely positioned to make a difference in turning this national trend. To do so, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) has made high school graduation a priority for Club members. To ensure that youth leave the Clubs as well-rounded individuals with a plan for the future, Clubs are focusing efforts on three key outcome areas: Academic Success, Good Character and Citizenship, and Healthy Lifestyles.
BGCA has implemented three strategies to support these outcomes.
The Well-Rounded Child
Every day, Clubs provide a wealth of programs and activities to prepare young people for real-world successes. By focusing on academics, health and fitness, and leadership and service, the children Clubs serve will be better prepared to graduate high school and thrive as adults, contributing to their communities and to their nation.
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