Everything we do at Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco is focused on helping our members achieve SUCCESS IN LIFE. The cornerstone of this new effort is a model called the “Success Equation.” It makes clear that when members leave us at age 18, they are equipped with the skills needed for their futures and have achieved the following:
- Academic Success
- Good Character & Community Engagement
- Healthy Lifestyles
- Job Readiness, with Earning Potential
*Note: the following highlights under each Success Equation bucket are from program year (2010-2011). Update results for 2011-2012 will be available in September!
We know that education is the key that will open doors for our youth. Studies show that consistent grade progression and on-time, A-G credit accumulation are critical indicators of academic success. We support members to build their academic skills by providing enrichment programs in Reading, Math and Science. Having our members graduate from high school and attend college or trade school is our ultimate goal.
We are committed to encouraging BGCSF members to: BE High-Achievers, BE Graduates, BE Successful, and BE an Inspiration to younger Club members.
- 96% of our core seniors graduated and 100% of them are college-bound
- 246 Clubhouse members participated in Achievement Matters (an academic mentoring program)
- 100% of these members participated in two or more Academic Programs and the combined Avg. GPA for these members went from 2.44 to 2.94 in English Language Arts and from 2.49 to 3.0 in Math over the course of the school year.
- 94% of members missed fewer than 8 days of school *(Children who are not truant in SF County 72%)
- 96% of our members progressed to the next grade on time (2,329 members measured)
- $61K was awarded in scholarship money last year to 14 college-bound seniors
* From Childrennow.org
Good Character & Community Engagement
For 120 years, Boys & Girls Clubs has focused on developing positive character traits in young people. Community engagement is equally important to ensuring that our young people develop into productive adults. We provide opportunities for our members to engage in their community through volunteer work and community service projects knowing that this teaches them to take personal responsibility for their community’s well being.
We want our members to: BE a Leader, BE Involved, BE Positive, BE a Role Model, and BE a Volunteer.
- So far in 2011, members have provided over 26,000 of hours of volunteer service to their Clubs and Communities
- 96% of Keystone Club (youth leadership program) members felt like their ideas were important to other Club members and that their opinion mattered
- 95% of Keystone members felt like they had an active role in decisions that were made by their Club
Our goal is to make our Clubhouses and Camp the healthiest places for kids in San Francisco by instilling lifelong healthy habits. In order to accomplish this goal, BGCSF provides programs and services for youth to increase their physical activity, develop healthy relationships, avoid risky behavior, gain healthy eating habits, and instill a love of the outdoors. We also provide behavioral health services when needed.
We want our members to: BE Healthy, BE Active, BE Strong, and to BE Responsible
- 95% of members participating in cooking programs said they liked vegetables more than when they started the program
- Increased physical activity participation by 10% Citywide
- 75% of participants in the Healthy Relationships Workshops stated that they now have the ability & knowledge to practice behaviors that reduce the risk of pregnancy and prevent HIV/STI (San Francisco Youth Risk Behavior shows that 96% of SF teens don’t use condoms)
Job Readiness, with Earning Potential
We know that our young people need to be ready for the workforce even before they leave us at 18. We work to ensure that our members have the skills, confidence, and knowledge necessary to secure a job with real earning potential, hopefully in conjunction with pursuing a higher education.
Our expected outcomes in this impact area are: 1. Development of soft skills that will lead to successful job performance and 2. Improvement in skills and competencies that relate to career planning & placement.
We want our high school age members to: BE Ready, BE Career-Focused, BE Ambitious, BE Qualified, and BE Professional.
- 85% of youth increased their knowledge and development of work readiness soft skills
- 93% of youth stated their ability to treat youth with respect has improved
- 90% of youth stated that working at the Club helped improve their ability to coordinate tasks and schedules
- BGCSF had 19 Career Exposure events and over 200 teens participated
- 105 teens completed BGCSF’s Financial Literacy program, with a personal checking account and opened a checking account
- 100% of our outgoing teen staff have transition plans outlining short & long term goals
Results Snapshot – From the Kids!
Highlights From Our Most Recent Survey Results:
- 79% of kids that attended programs said they were taught something new
- 78% said that staff challenged them to do their best
- 90% said they participated in some type of physical activity at the Club
- 82% said they learned about and were encouraged to eat healthier foods
- 75% said they had a chance to volunteer in their communities through Club participation
- 96% of high school-aged members said they are developing the skills, knowledge and attitude that will help them gain future employment
Highlights From Our Most Recent Camp Mendocino Survey:
- 88% of campers said they had a chance to help people in their Camp community and leave Camp a better place
- 85% of campers said that staff and other campers noticed when I seemed down and checked in with me.
- 92% of campers said that staff challenged them to do their best
- 91% of campers surveyed said they had the chance to learn about others who were different than themselves
- 81% of campers said they knew more about trees and animals thanks to their experience at Camp Mendocino
- 87% of campers said they learned to recycle compost and care for the environment while at Camp.
- 90% of campers said they felt like a part of their Camp Community
Highlights From Our Most Recent Camp Mendocino Leaders in Training (LIT) Survey:
- 100% of LIT teens said staff noticed when I was down or upset
- 93% were proud of the work they did at Camp
- 91% of LIT teens said they learned more about the importance of Education from Camp Leadership and in workshops
- 95% of LIT teens said they learned new skills, knowledge and behaviors that will help them gain future employment
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