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:

NOTE: the following highlights under each Success Equation bucket are from the 2012-2013 program year.

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.  


  • 98% of our core seniors graduated and 84% of them are college-bound
  • 100% 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)
  • 91% of core teens in 9th-11th grade were on track with their A-G reqiurements
  • BGCSF linked our youth to over $1.2 million in college scholarships

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 57,500 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
  • 70% of members in our youth leadership programs 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 this year alone and is up 14% from 2 years ago
  • PHYSICAL ACTIVITY: physical activity during the summer increased by 25% this year
  • RISKY BEHAVIOR: 93% of teens who went through Healthy Relationships Workshops increased their ability to practice behaviors that reduce the risk of HIV/STI

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.


  • 292 teens accessed jobs through BGCSF
  • 100% of our core teens increased their knowledge and development of work readiness soft skills
  • 100% of our core teens completed a portfolio demonstrating their mastery of work readiness and career exposure
  • 100% of core teens participated in career exploration activities
  • 133 teens completed our Financial Literacy program, with a personal budget and an opened checking account

Results Snapshot

Highlights From Our Most Recent YOUTH Survey:

  • 96% of high school-aged members said they are developing the skills, knowledge and attitude that will help them gain future employment
  • 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
  • 78% said that staff challenged them to do their best
  • 75% said they had a chance to volunteer in their communities through Club participation

Highlights From Our Most Recent PARENT Survey:

  • 96% said they feel their child is safe at BGCSF
  • 96% said their child has made friends at BGCSF
  • 96% said they feel their children have positive relationships with adult staff at the Club
  • 88% said BGCSF encourages and educates their child to eat healthy food
  • 86% said their child is getting the support needed to develop their skills and gain knowledge which will enable them to gain entrance into college and future employment
  • 85% said their child is more engaged in school and more interested in learning because of the Club
  • 83% said their child is offered opportunities to help out in their community

Highlights From Our Most Recent Camp Mendocino Survey:

  • 90% of campers said that Camp staff challenged them to do their best
  • 89% of campers said while at Camp they learned ways to be healthier
  • 89% of campers said they had a chance to learn something at Camp that they don’t anywhere else
  • 87% of campers said they had a chance to help people in their Camp community and to leave Camp a better place

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

  • 99% of LITs were proud of their work they did as a LIT
  • 99% of LITs learned new skills, knowledge and behaviors that will help them gain future employment
  • 99% of LITs said they were given opportunities to become healthier while at Camp, and 88% said they were likely to change their habits because of what they learned this summer
  • 92% of LITs said they had a chance to learn something at Camp that they don’t anywhere else


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