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The Boys & Girls Club provides an after school environment for kids where they can safely learn and have fun as the build a great future.

Our dedicated staff strives to provide a world-class Club experience that assures success is within reach of every young person who walks through our doors, with all members on track to graduate from high school with a plan for the future, demonstrating good character and citizenship and living a healthy lifestyle.

To see this vision become a reality, we have adopted the Boys & Girls Club of America’s Formula for Impact, a research-based theory of change that describes how we will increase our impact – exponentially – on the young people in our community. It is a roadmap used to ensure that members have a life-changing Club experience and leave the Club knowing they will have a great future.

FORMULA FOR IMPACT

Formula for Impact

Academic Success

We want kids to graduate from high school ready for college, trade school, military or employment. Our programs foster life-long learners by supporting academic success, goal setting and providing access to tools that prepare them for the 21st century.

“Our goal is simple to state but hard to achieve,” said Denzel Washington, BGCA’s national spokesperson. “We want to help every Boys & Girls Club member advance to the next grade level every year and graduate from high school on time, prepared with the attitude, knowledge and confidence to succeed and achieve.”

We believe that providing learning opportunities, holding high expectations for members and recognizing accomplishments are ways to ensure that kids are successful academically. The Boys & Girls Club plays a powerful role in making after school and summer a time for learning and developmental gains for young people.

Our Impact

Soon, more than half of all new jobs will require more than a high school diploma, yet more than a quarter of U.S. students are not finishing high school. America has fallen to ninth in the proportion of young people with a college degree.

The Boys & Girls Club is a part of the solution. The Club is working to impact key indicators for youth of all ages that will make high school graduation a most likely outcome: on time grade progression, regular school attendance, and members’ perception of academic success. These indicators of a child’s progress throughout their school years give us a picture of the likelihood of high school graduation. Boys & Girls Club plans programs and activities to impact these indicators.

Data collected through attendance records, Youth Outcome Surveys and Parent Surveys at the Boys & Girls Club of New Haven underscore the quality programming that we provide to youth ages 5-14:

  • 96% of the youth that participated in our Power Hour tutoring program progress successfully to the next grade
  • 69% of Club youth strongly agree that their participation helped them do better at school in general
  • 64% of parents agree that their child’s participation improved their overall performance at school
  • 58% of Club youth strongly agree that their participation has made them enjoy going to school more

Learn more about our Academic and Tutoring Programs.

Good Character & Citizenship

We strive to encourage youth to be engaged citizens who support and influence the Club and community and who sustain meaningful relationships with others. We also work to help youth develop a positive self-image and good character while respecting their and others’ cultural identities.

Every day our Club provides a wealth of programs and activities to prepare young people for real-world successes. By focusing on leadership and service, Clubs members will be better prepared to thrive as adults and contribute to our community.

Club alumni should be well-rounded individuals and a walking testament to what a successful program has to offer. Club members learn the value of themselves and others through a variety of character development and leadership programs such as Keystone & Torch Clubs and Youth of the Year. They establish relationships with caring, capable adults and they know that the Club is a safe place to just be themselves.

Giving back to the New Haven community is also important and Club members are taught that early on. Torch and Keystone Club members perform service hours to better our community. Helping with food, hygiene and book drives, starting a recycling program at the Club, and community beautification projects are just some of the ways that Boys & Girls Club members give back to the New Haven community.

Our Impact

Additionally, from information collected from our Youth Outcome Surveys and Parent Surveys, we found that:

  • 62% of Club youth strongly agree that their participation has improved their ability to get along with people at home and school
  • 61% of parents agree that their child’s participation has improved their child’s behavior at home and school

Learn more about our Good Character & Citizenship Programs.

Healthy Lifestyles

We teach Club youth how to adopt a healthy diet, practice healthy lifestyle choices and to make a lifelong commitment to fitness. Our programs help to develop our young people’s capacity to engage in positive behaviors that help with their own well-being and live successfully as self-sufficient adults.

Club members experience the healthy and correct way to eat and exercise daily. Programs educate students about fitness, nutrition and smart decisions. Club members are getting out, getting active and feeling better about themselves.

Learn more about our Healthy Lifestyle Programs.

 

Academic Success

We want kids to graduate from high school ready for college, trade school, military or employment. Our programs foster life-long learners by supporting academic success, goal setting and providing access to tools that prepare them for the 21st century.

“Our goal is simple to state but hard to achieve,” said Denzel Washington, BGCA’s national spokesperson. “We want to help every Boys & Girls Club member advance to the next grade level every year and graduate from high school on time, prepared with the attitude, knowledge and confidence to succeed and achieve.”

We believe that providing learning opportunities, holding high expectations for members and recognizing accomplishments are ways to ensure that kids are successful academically. The Boys & Girls Club plays a powerful role in making after school and summer a time for learning and developmental gains for young people.

Programs

BE GREAT: Graduate – utilizes a community-wide strategy intended to prevent young people from dropping out of school and is meant to build on our current dropout prevention efforts.

Power Hour – helps Club members be more successful in school by providing homework help and tutoring and encouraging members to become self-directed learners.

Goals for Graduation – introduces academic goal setting to Club members ages 11-17 by linking their future aspirations with concrete actions today.

Career Launch – Club teens 13-18 years old embark on a journey to explore careers, make sound educational decisions and find success in the world of work.

Our Impact

Soon, more than half of all new jobs will require more than a high school diploma, yet more than a quarter of U.S. students are not finishing high school. America has fallen to ninth in the proportion of young people with a college degree.

The Boys & Girls Club is a part of the solution. The Club is working to impact key indicators for youth of all ages that will make high school graduation a most likely outcome: on time grade progression, regular school attendance, and members’ perception of academic success. These indicators of a child’s progress throughout their school years give us a picture of the likelihood of high school graduation. Boys & Girls Club plans programs and activities to impact these indicators.

Data collected through attendance records, Youth Outcome Surveys and Parent Surveys at the Boys & Girls Club of New Haven underscore the quality programming that we provide to youth ages 5-14:

  • 96% of the youth that participated in our Power Hour tutoring program progress successfully to the next grade
  • 69% of Club youth strongly agree that their participation helped them do better at school in general
  • 64% of parents agree that their child’s participation improved their overall performance at school
  • 58% of Club youth strongly agree that their participation has made them enjoy going to school more
 

Good Character & Citizenship

We strive to encourage youth to be engaged citizens who support and influence the Club and community and who sustain meaningful relationships with others. We also work to help youth develop a positive self-image and good character while respecting their and others’ cultural identities.

Every day our Club provides a wealth of programs and activities to prepare young people for real-world successes. By focusing on leadership and service, Clubs members will be better prepared to thrive as adults and contribute to our community.

Club alumni should be well-rounded individuals and a walking testament to what a successful program has to offer. Club members learn the value of themselves and others through a variety of character development and leadership programs such as Keystone & Torch Clubs and Youth of the Year. They establish relationships with caring, capable adults and they know that the Club is a safe place to just be themselves.

Programs

Torch Club – charter small-group leadership and service clubs for boys and girls ages 11-13. Torch Club members learn to elect officers and work together to implement activities in four areas: service to Club and community, education, health and fitness and social recreation.

Keystone Club – This fun and impactful program promotes leadership among Club teens ages 14-18 and focuses on academic success, career preparation and community service.

Youth of the Year – Youth of the Year is a recognition program for members that fosters character, personal growth and leadership qualities.

Giving Back to the Community

Giving back to the New Haven community is also important and Club members are taught that early on. Torch and Keystone Club members perform service hours to better our community. Helping with food, hygiene and book drives, starting a recycling program at the Club, and community beautification projects are just some of the ways that Boys & Girls Club members give back to the New Haven community.

Additionally, from information collected from our Youth Outcome Surveys and Parent Surveys, we found that:

  • 62% of Club youth strongly agree that their participation has improved their ability to get along with people at home and school
  • 61% of parents agree that their child’s participation has improved their child’s behavior at home and at school
 

Healthy Lifestyles

We teach Club youth how to adopt a healthy diet, practice healthy lifestyle choices and to make a lifelong commitment to fitness. Our programs help to develop our young people’s capacity to engage in positive behaviors that help with their own well-being and live successfully as self-sufficient adults. Club members experience the healthy and correct way to eat and exercise daily. Programs educate students about fitness, nutrition and smart decisions. Club members are getting out, getting active and feeling better about themselves.

Programs

SMART Moves – this nationally acclaimed comprehensive prevention program helps young people resist alcohol, tobacco and other drug use, as well as premature sexual activity.

SMART Girls – a girls only program that is designed to equip female Club Members with the crucial health and life skills needed to become healthy, successful adults.

Triple Play – a holistic approach to educating boys and girls about good nutrition, making physical fitness a daily practice and developing individual strengths and good character.

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