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Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis

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Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education, Basketball, Boys & Girls Clubs, Children & Youth, Education, Sports, Vocational & Technical Schools

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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