Real Impact, Measurable Results
Boys & Girls Clubs programs have taken Members from the Clubhouse to the White House; from the games room to the corporate boardroom; from the high school football field to the NFL; from a band room to Carnegie Hall. In every community, young people are left to find their own recreation and companionship in the streets. An increasing number of children are at home with no adult care or supervision. Young people need to know that someone cares about them.
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast offer that and more. Club programs and services promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence. Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast is a safe place to learn and grow – all while having fun. Our Clubs are a place where great futures are started each and every day.
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast Changes Lives
Research shows that Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast 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 2012-2013, we graduated 100% of our seniors, compared to:
Escambia County Schools average of 72%
Okaloosa County Schools average of 83.3%
Santa Rosa County Schools average of 77.2%
Walton County Schools average of 74.5%
**based on Florida Department of Education 2011-2012 school year.
68% of our seniors attended college this fall on scholarship, 8 enlisted in the armed forces
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
Boys & Girls Clubs have a lineup of tested and proven nationally recognized programs that address today’s most pressing youth issues. Our programs teach young people the skills they need to succeed in life, while providing a safe place for hundreds of Northwest Florida children to go after school and during the summer.
Our Clubs offer programs that focus on three priority outcomes:
Power Hour: Making Minutes Count is an engaging homework help and tutoring program that encourages Club Members at every age to become self-directed learners. Youth commit at least one hour to homework and school projects, using the time to gain assistance from staff and use the resources available in the Club.
D2D (Diplomas to Degrees) is a college readiness program for Club Members ages 13-18 years. This initiative provides a range of services to help guide Club Members through high school graduation and make plans for post-secondary education and career success.
Money Matters promotes financial responsibility and independence among Club Members between the ages 13-18 years. Teens learn the basics of money management, such as how to manage a checking account, create a budget, and save and invest for college. The program guides teens through interactive activities, games and tools.
Club Tech is a digital literacy program that aims to make technology fun, easy, and accessible to Club Members. Youth that participate learn how to use basic business software, be safe online and how advanced hardware can help them advance their networking skills. Club Members build their digital skills while expanding their creativity and gain access to technology resources, which helps them to perform better in school and be more prepared for a professional environment.
Good Character and Citizenship
Keystone Club is a leadership development program that provides opportunities for Club Members between the ages of 14-18 years. Teens participate in activities in three focus areas, in and outside of the Club: Academic Success, Career Preparation and Community Service. Club Members learn the importance of civic service, taking pride in their Club and community, and serving as a role model to their young peers.
Torch Club targets the development needs of younger adolescents at a critical stage in their life and prepares them for their next stage in life. Club Members learn to elect their peers as officers and work together to implement activities in four key areas: Service to their Club and Community, Education, Health and Fitness, and Social Recreation.
Established in 1947, Youth of the Year is a premier recognition program for Club Members promoting: service to their Clubs, community and family; academic success; strong moral character; life goals; and poise and public speaking ability.
Each Club recognizes members between the ages 14-18 years as Youth of the Month winners and then selects a Youth of the Year, who then participates in state competitions. State winners each receive a $1,000 scholarship and participate in regional competitions. Five regional winners each receive a $10,000 scholarship and compete on the national level. The National Youth of the Year receives up to an additional $50,000 scholarship and is installed by the President of the United States.
Youth for Unity is a specialized program that celebrates diversity while combating prejudice, intolerance, and discrimination. The program helps Club Members to appreciate themselves as unique and special individuals, understand diversity in society, recognize bias and unfairness and take personal leadership in confronting bias.
NetSmartz teaches Internet safety skills by fusing multimedia activities and offline interaction in three age-appropriate categories: Clicky’s Web World (for Club Members between the ages of 6-7 years); NetSmartz Rules (for Club Members between the ages of 8-12 years); and I-360 (for a Club Members between the ages of 13-18 years). The program includes education about personal safety, shopping safety and ethical use of the Internet, and promotes proper use of digital media.
SMART Moves (Skills Master And Resistance Training) is a program that uses a team approach with Club staff, peer leaders, parents and community representatives. The program teaches Club Members between the ages of 6-15 years how to say “no” by involving them in discussion and role-playing, practicing resistance and refusal skills, developing assertiveness, strengthening decision-making skills and analyzing media and peer influence. The ultimate goal of this program is to promote abstinence from substance abuse and adolescent sexual involvement through the practice of responsible behavior.
SMART Girls, an extension of the SMART Moves program, is a health, prevention/education, and self-esteem enhancement program for female Club Members between the ages of 8-17 years. This program is aimed at encouraging healthy attitudes and lifestyles that will enable female adolescents to make responsible decisions at critical points in their lives.
Passport to Manhood promotes and teaches responsibility to male Club Members between the ages of 11-14 years. The program is divided into 14 sessions, each concentrating on a specific aspect of character and manhood through interactive activities. Each participant receives his own “passport” to underscore the notion that he is on a personal journey of maturation and growth.