Mission: The mission of the Boys & Girls Club is to enable all young people, especially those who need them most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.
Community Need: The Boys & Girls Club strives to play a central role in helping to break the cycle of poverty. In Augusta County, 12% of youth live in poverty; in Staunton 23.8%, and in Waynesboro, 28.6% according to CAPSAW Needs Assessment (2014). There is an academic achievement gap for low-income students that translates into a later attainment gap, -only 70% of students from low-income families graduate from high school, compared with 85% of their more-affluent peers, and the unemployment rate among individuals without a high school diploma is 50% higher than among high school graduates and 100% higher than among college graduates, -and those that are employed have far lower earnings. Failure to reduce achievement gaps limits the economic mobility of youth born into poverty.
Primary Activities: Their goal is to create great futures for youth in the community through their after school and summer programs, by assuring success is within reach of every child who enters their 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.
Constituents Served: All area youth, ages 5-18, are eligible for their services. They offer programs for kids and teens year round in both Staunton and Waynesboro, as well as coordinated outreach events in Augusta County. In 2017, they served over 400 members: kindergarten (55); 1st grade (53); 2nd (67); 3rd (52); 4th (59); 5th (45); 6th (30); 7th (26); 8th (15); 9th (3); 10th (2); 11th (3); and 12th (4).
Program Details: The work of the Boys & Girls Club is centered on closing the achievement gap for at-risk youth in the community. They want to continue to provide their summer program with a strong academic component. Most youth lose about two months of grade-level equivalency in mathematical skills over the summer. Low-income youth also lose more than two months in reading achievement. Two-thirds of the 9th grade reading achievement gap between disadvantaged students and their more advantaged peers can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities during the elementary school years.
During their Summer Camp, the Boys & Girls Club offers a program called Summer Brain Gain which adds fun, engaging, educational activities to the typical summer camp experience, to help ensure that youth arrive back at school on track and ready for success in the fall. It’s no surprise that low-income youth who need these services most, will need help in the form of scholarships. The Boys & Girls Club would like to assist 30 youth from low-income families to attend the Summer Camp and Brain Gain programming.
The weekly fee for camp is $85. Each summer they serve an average of 200 kids through camp. 75% of the youth they serve qualify for free or reduced lunch. Their goal is to make 30 scholarships available at $30 per week for children who are most in need. So far, they have $3,000 committed to this program.
Amount Requested: $8,800
Operating Budget: $559,450