Making a Difference
Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s research shows that young people who attend a Club regularly tend to do better than their peers nationally. For instance:
- 68% of Club 12th graders volunteer at least once per month, while 39% of 12th graders nationally do so.
- 91% of Club ninth graders report abstaining from alcohol, compared to 77% of ninth graders nationally.
- 91% of Club ninth graders report abstaining from marijuana use vs. 85% of ninth graders nationally.
- 27% of Club girls in middle school are physically active each day, compared with 23% of middle-school girls nationally. 42% of Club boys in middle school exercise daily, while 37% of middle-school boys nationally do so.
- 73% of low-income Club members ages 12 to 17 who attend the Club regularly report receiving mostly As and Bs, compared to 69% of their peers nationally.
- 12th-grade Club members are more than twice as likely to express an interest in a STEM career as 12th graders nationally (56% of 12th-grade Club members vs. 25% of 12th graders nationally).
For more information about how Boys & Girls Clubs impact kids and teens, read our National Youth Outcomes Report.