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
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.
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.
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 school
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.