Detailed Results

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

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.


  • 94% of our core seniors graduated and 83% of them are college-bound
  • 92% of seniors who received college prep support from BGCSF are college-bound
  • 99% of our members progressed to the next grade on time (1st – 8th grade)
  • BGCSF linked our youth to nearly $1.7 million in college scholarships
  • 558 youth received free 1:1 professional tutoring through the Club

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.


  • Our members provided more than 57,600 hours of volunteer service to their Clubs and Communities
  • 94% of members in our youth leadership programs (Keystone Club & Torch Club) felt they had an active role in decision making at their Club
  • 78% of members in our youth leadership programs said they had the opportunity to lead or facilitate peer group meetings at their Club
  • 95% of members in our youth leadership programs reported feeling that their voice was heard and that their opinion mattered

Healthy Lifestyles

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


  • PHYSICAL ACTIVITY: physical activity during the school year increased by 8% at the Clubs from 2 years ago
  • RISKY BEHAVIOR: 89% of participants in our healthy decision making program reported that as a result of the program they will be more likely to demonstrate positive character traits and decision making skills
  • HEALTHY EATING: 100% of participants in our cooking program say that they like vegetables

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.


  • 309 teens accessed jobs through BGCSF this year
  • 96% of our core teens demonstrated their knowledge of work readiness soft skills
  • 90% of core teens participated in career exploration activities
  • 105 teens completed our Financial Literacy program, with a personal budget and an opened checking account

Highlights From Our YOUTH Survey:

  • 93% of surveyed youth said there is an adult at the Club who always wants them to do their best.
  • 93% said there is an adult at the Club who believes they will be a success.
  • 93% said they have at least one staff person at the Club they could go to for help in a crisis.
  • 93% said they felt just as safe or safer at the Club than they do hanging out somewhere else. 66% said they felt safer at the Club than hanging out somewhere else.

Highlights From Our PARENT Survey:

  • 96% of surveyed parents said that because of this program their children are more prepared for the next grade.
  • 100% said that their children have opportunities to try new things at the Club.
  • 98% of parents said that this after-school program helps their children get their homework done on time.
  • 99% said that this program provides activities that meet their children’s interests and talents, such as sports, clubs and music.
  • 99% said that their families are treated with respect.
  • 97% of parents said that this program gives their children the opportunity to “make a difference” by helping other people, their schools, or their communities.
  • 88% said that there are opportunities for parents to participate in the program.

Highlights From Our Camp Mendocino Survey:

  • 93% of campers said that they were encouraged to be respectful of others and themselves, to be polite, and to treat others as they would have wanted to be treated
  • 91% of campers acknowledged that Camp staff challenged them to do their best
  • 91% of campers said they had a chance to learn things at Camp that they don’t anywhere else
  • 89% of campers stated that they had a chance to help people in their Camp community and leave Camp a better place.
  • 87% of campers say they learned more about the natural environment than they knew before coming to Camp.
  • 86% of campers said they learned about ways to stay healthy – the top 3 responses given were: knowing which foods were healthier, the importance of physical activity, and the importance of sleep/rest.

Highlights From Our Camp Mendocino Leaders in Training (LIT) Survey:

  • 100% of LITs said they felt that staff challenged them to do their best.
  • 100% said that they learned new skills and behaviors that would help them gain future employment.
  • 99% of LITs said that they had a chance to learn about people who were different from themselves.
  • 99% of LITs said they had a chance to learn things at Camp that they don’t anywhere else.
  • 95% of LITs acknowledged that they learned more about the importance of education while at Camp.
  • 93% of LITs said they learned about ways to stay healthy at Camp, and 96% said they were likely to change their habits because of what they learned about being healthier at Camp.
  • 93% of LITs said they learned more about the natural environment while at Camp
  • 92% of LITs said they felt valued and appreciated for their work at Camp.

* Core = members who attend the Clubs and utilize our services on a consistent basis.