The mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City is to promote the development of self-esteem, values, and skills for boys and girls, ages 5 to 18, with special emphasis on youth from disadvantaged circumstances. Our primary organizational focus is on supporting and guiding all active members to graduate high school with post-secondary plans in place.
Our minimal membership fee ($15) ensures that no one is denied access to the Clubs. Scholarships are offered to youth in need. Our services bolster workforce development by allowing low-income parents to maintain their jobs, contribute to the economy, and provide for their families, knowing their children are safe. Club members receive academic support and build tangible life skills while avoiding dangerous behavior.
Our top accomplishments in the past year include:
Goals for the coming year include maintaining our focus on keeping 100% of teen Club members on track for high school graduation and matching 100% of teen Club members with LIFE Coaches. The Life Coach program is new to our organization and pairs teen Club members with mentors from the community who meet with their teens once per month to review life goals and academic progress. In addition, Life Coaches assist their teens with concrete plans necessary to achieve their goals.
High school graduation is the primary goal for all Club members. The Education and Career Development core area provides for knowledge of basic educational disciplines, enriches information taught in schools, applies learning to everyday living, and encourages graduation.
The ultimate goal is that all active Club members will graduate from high school on time and ready for college, trade school, military or employment. Along the way, we measure long-term success in terms of on-time grade
progression, school attendance, reading and math
proficiency, and prevention of summer learning loss.
In the past year, programs offered in this core area produced the following results:
Public speaking and leadership are integral to a young person’s ability to become a productive, caring and responsible citizen. This core area teaches the basic skills of public speaking and debate. It empowers youth to positively influence their Club and community through leadership, develop positive self images, learn and participate in the democratic process, and respect others’ cultural identities.
The ultimate goal of this core area is for all Club members to become engaged citizens, involved in the community, appreciative of differences, able to lead and make a difference, registered to vote, and models of strong character.
In the past year, the following outcomes were achieved for this core area:
All Members participated in sessions designed to teach the rights and responsibilities of citizenship, concepts of good character, encourage civility and tolerance, and recognize good behavior.
Healthy habits developed in childhood and adolescence affect an individual’s health and quality of life throughout adulthood. The Healthy Lifestyles core area develops Club members’ capacity to engage in positive behaviors that nurture their own well-being, set personal goals and live successfully as self-sufficient adults.
In the past year, the following outcomes were achieved in this core area:
Through this core area, our members are introduced to technology and the opportunities associated therein throughout our society. This program area provides a range of different contexts for learning that draw on important aspects of everyday life and work. It includes creative, practical and work-related experiences and outcomes in recreation, business, design, engineering, graphics and applied technologies.
Long-term success will be achieved in this core area when all Club members have the confidence, knowledge and skills needed to embrace and use technology now and in the future, at home, at school and in the wider community.
In a May 2012 article in Youth Today, Jane Quinn, Director of the National Center for Community Schools, writes that teaching life skills is critical in early child development, and is as important as cognitive learning opportunities when considering the "whole child" approach in helping children and youth prepare for successful futures. While the value of this approach has been universally acknowledged for more than a decade, many schools understandably succumbed to the very real pressures of test-obsessed public policies such as No Child Left Behind and have even less ability to offer a comprehensive "whole child" development program.
We have built strong relationships with the following partners:
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