Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis

Rating: 4.83 stars   24 reviews

Address:

44 S Rembert St Memphis TN 38104 USA

Mission:

"To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens." Through a variety of academic and recreational programs, BGCM empowers members to make productive use of their time and wise decisions in their lives. It’s how we’re opening doors for Memphis kids every day, at the positive place for kids.

Results:

REAL IMPACT, MEASURABLE RESULTS When we say we're opening doors to opportunity we mean it. Just look at all we accomplished in 2014! A Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis Card Changes Lives Research shows that Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis have an immediate and long-lasting positive impact on our members’ lives. The proof of our effectiveness is in these statistics about our members: In 2012, we graduated 100% of our seniors, compared to Memphis City Schools’ average of 72% 68% of our seniors attended college this fall on scholarship, 8 enlisted in the armed forces 100% of Technical Training Center graduates have been placed in jobs or higher education 2 years running Our students introduced President Obama and made the front page of the Washington Post 81% experienced an increase in homework completion 87% experienced a decrease in school absences 50% experienced a decrease in teen pregnancy 57% of alumni say that the Club saved their lives What makes the Boys & Girls Clubs special? Our doors are always open and no child is ever turned away Membership dues are just $10 per person No child is ever turned away We recognize each child’s individual needs Mentors work one-on-one with each child Boys & Girls Club Staff are professionally trained We believe, and have demonstrated, that positive influences work! Children are encouraged to make appropriate decisions in all areas of their lives, not just socially and academically Did You Know... More than 82% of each dollar we raise goes directly to programs for our kids. In neighborhoods where there is a Boys & Girls Club present, there is a 25% reduction in the presence of crack cocaine, a 22% reduction in overall drug activity and a 13% reduction in juvenile crime. More than 1000 teens have been employed through our Job Ready program, training them as future members of our adult workforce. Our Project Learn program increases overall GPA by 15%. Help us open doors and make a difference. Donate or volunteer today.

Target demographics:

Greater Memphis Youth

Direct beneficiaries per year:

Over 3,500 youth ages 6-18

Geographic areas served:

Character & Leadership Development empowers youth to support and influence their community by fostering fundamental integrity, meaningful relationships and a positive self-image. Education & Career Development enables youth to leverage education and technology into future employment opportunities. Healthy Life Skills promote positive behavior that helps kids nurture their own well-being, sets personal goals and develop the self-sufficiency to grow into responsible adults. The Arts encourages creative exploration and cultural awareness through knowledge and appreciation of arts and crafts, performing arts and creative writing. Sports, Fitness & Recreation develops fitness, social skills and teamwork, while promoting the positive use of leisure time through healthy exercise. Through these and other programs, including our Juice Plus+ Technical Training Center and fun summer excursions at Camp Phoenix, members are equipped with the skills and values that they need to seize important opportunities and achieve success.

Programs:

CHARACTER & LEADERSHIP TRAINING Leadership programs empower youth to support and influence their club and community, sustain meaningful relationships and develop a positive self-image. Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis members have the opportunity to learn planning, decision-making and ways to contribute to the Club and the greater Memphis community. Keystone Club Keystone Clubs are chartered leadership and service clubs for boys and girls ages 14 to 18. Keystone Club members elect officers and implement activities in six areas; Service to Club and community, Character and leadership development, Education and career exploration, Unity, Free enterprise, Social recreation. Keystone Club members and their advisors can be nominated to steering committees that organize regional and national Keystone Conferences attended by thousands of Keystone members each year. Keystone Club Awards are bestowed annually on Keystone Clubs that implement programs and activities that best promote the Keystone Club principles. Each year, hundreds of local Keystone Clubs work together on a service project known as the National Keystone Project. Torch Club This small-group leadership development program, sponsored by Staples, is targeted for youngsters ages 11-13. Within some 700 Torch Clubs across the country that each receives an official charter from Boys & Girls Clubs of America, members elect officers and plan and implement their own activities and community service projects. Street SMART serves as the National Project for Torch Clubs annually and is available for all Boys & Girls Clubs to support. Youth of the Year Sponsored by The Reader's Digest Foundation, the National Youth of the Year Program is designed to promote and recognize service to Club and community, academic performance and contributions to family and spiritual life. The local Memphis organization selects a Youth of the Year who receives a certificate and medallion and then enters state competition. State winners receive a plaque and enter the regional competition. Regional winners receive a $5,000 scholarship and enter a national competition held in Washington, D.C. The National Youth of the Year receives an additional $10,000 scholarship and is installed by the President of the United States. EDUCATION AND CAREER ADVANCEMENT The top priority of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis is educational advancement. We are preparing students to open doors to educational opportunities and step confidently into their futures. We are pleased to announce that this year the Boys & Girls Clubs of Memphis graduated a record 100% of our seniors! Of those seniors, 40 are attending college on scholarships, 12 are entering the armed forces and still others will participate in certification courses at our Technical Training Center. We promote education through a number of initiatives that prepare youth to take on academic challenges: Power Hour A comprehensive homework help and tutoring program, Power Hour is designed to raise the academic proficiency of Club members by ensuring that they have scheduled time each week to study with the supervision and assistance of a certified educational tutor. Tutoring After-school tutoring is available to all Club members. Club Tech Club Tech provides all Boys & Girls Clubs with state-of –the-art software; a comprehensive array of programs to help Club professionals build members’ computer skills and integrate technology in all Core Program Areas helping young people develop the technology skills necessary to succeed in school and the job market. Project Learn Project Learn reinforces and enhances the skills and knowledge young people learn at school through "high-yield" learning activities at the Club and in the home. Those activities include leisure reading, writing activities, homework help and games like Scrabble®, which develop young people's cognitive skills. Emphasizing collaborations between Club staff, parents and school personnel, Project Learn is based on Dr. Reginald Clark's research that shows that fun but academically beneficial activities increase academic performance. Formally evaluated by Columbia University, Project Learn has been proven to boost the academic performance of Club members. Studies have shown this program can raise GPAs by 15% when delivered effectively. CLUBService The result of a partnership between Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the Corporation for National Service (AmeriCorps) CLUBService provides education awards to Club members ages 17 and 18 and Club alumni ages 19 through 24 who serve their Clubs and communities. CLUBService recognizes young people's service, helps them access higher education opportunities and encourages them to pursue future careers as Club professionals. Money Matters: Money Matter promotes financial responsibility among Club members ages 13-18 by building their basic money management skills.

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Reviews for Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis

Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I have been involved with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis for almost 15 years. When I see the kids that go through our program, it is very motivating and compelling to give both personally and professionally to the organization. There is such a void any many kids lives for positive role models and environments. The BGCM fills that void helps produce quality and productive young adults here in Memphis. I don't believe there is organization in our city that is in a position to make this type of impact on our kids.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

I have been on the Board of the BGCM since 1993 and can attest to the fact that it is a fundamental part of the social fabric of Memphis. With as many 'at risk youth' as we have in our city, lending them a hand in their journey towards becoming productive citizens is now more important than ever !

 
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2 people found this review helpful

One of the greatest issues facing the Memphis inner city youth is the breakdown of the traditional family structure. The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Memphis provides a supervised community with positive role models and and programs that help our youth make the right decisions as they navigate the difficult years of adolescence. The BGCM is the home and family that so many of our children do not have. The Memphis organization has been able to provide these services on a very tight budget over these last several years in a tough economy.

 
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4 people found this review helpful

The Boys and Girls Clubs is my primary long-lasting community involvement. Since 1966 when I was introduced to the works of the then one small club, I have been convinced that more is being done with less by this organization to nurture the growth of inner city kids. The measurable outcomes, such as 100% high school graduation rate of last year's seniors, is testimony to the devotion and competence of the staff. The Boys and Girls Clubs are a high impact positive force in our community. Bert Barnett

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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2 people found this review helpful

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis is, in my opinion, the most effective youth services organization in the area. I not only believe this but I give my time and money to help the mission. I have seen the results over the past decade that I have been associated with the Clubs. The Clubs have literally saved lives and has almost five decades of alumni to show as proof.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing young people attend and participate in Clubs, go on to leadership in their fields and attribute much of their success to the values and training the learned as a Club member.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Try to raise enough money to serve every single young person in the county.

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Memphis (BGCGM) has been an organization that's helped the families in this community for many years by providing a special & safe place for children to learn, grow & gain exposure to the world around them. As a board member for many years, not only do I help raise the funds to carry out the mission, I parcipate and communicate directly with club members and staff to gain perspective on how the club is going. I choose to give of my time and talents to be a part of an organization that truly is involved in children's lives, tries to enhance the character of every child and provide a safe, clean place for them to come to. This organization has always been about putting the best staff with the best programs in the clubs which produces the best children possible who come from disadvantage situatons. And when you put this organization in front of a community that can see the benefits, you can get people and board members like me who truly see how this organization should be supported. We need to keep asking people to give a little time and a lot of money to this effort. The founders of the Boys Club are getting old or have past on but their community spirit and sense of purpose needs to be rekindled in others today so that this organization continues to provide safe places to for children.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the smiles and activites occuring every time I visit the club and thinking..."What would all these people and childfren be doing if this club was not here?"...I am glad to know me and my fellow board members had a little help in keeping this organization active in the community.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

provide more training for other areas other than vocational trades. Training in sales (Insurance, banking, etc), TV/Radio industry, teaching are areas where early exposure encourages those type of careers. I would also consider a Life coach/big brother arrangements for those older children leaving the program but still need support. The paradigm has changed and people need help with this shift in thinking.

 
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