STUDY SHOWS CLUBS WORK
Boys & Girls Clubs of America has been changing young lives since 1860 when the first Club was organized. An independent study of Club alumni confirms what Club professionals and alumni have known all along. Clubs work.
Results of this study indisputably prove that the Club experience gives children advantages that last a lifetime. Clubs throughout America - and affiliates overseas - are providing the guidance and care needed to turn young lives around. In fact, more than half of Club alumni recently surveyed say the Club saved their lives.
An independent survey of alumni, conducted by Louis Harris & Associates, verifies that Boys & Girls Clubs widely benefit young people through effective programs that foster self-confidence, a sense of belonging and hope for the future. Additionally, communities in need gain much from the presence of Clubs. Alumni from economically and socially disadvantaged backgrounds strongly emphasize the positive impact of Clubs.
Boys & Girls Clubs are located in all 50 states, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia and on military bases throughout the world. More than 3,000 Clubs serve some 3.3 million young people, providing opportunities that impact lives and create the productive citizens and leaders of tomorrow.
BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS CRITICAL TO SUCCESS
This study determined that "alumni view their experiences with Clubs as highly positive, critical to their successes, and, for many, essential to their survival." The survey also determined that Clubs had a profound impact on many who report their lives had been saved. Some 30% of alumni from "tough" neighborhoods and 38% of African-American alumni polled strongly agree.
PARTICIPATING IN THE CLUB REALLY SAVED MY LIFE
- 80% said Club staff helped them learn right from wrong
- 95% indicated the Club was the best thing available in their community
- 52% said participating in the Club "saved my life"
You're in good company. Take a moment to review who moved from the Boys & Girls Clubs to notable positions within their fields.