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.
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.
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 6-14:
- 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