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Character & Leadership

Class

Youth Development 

Beneficiaries

Children ages 5 to 21
Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
At-Risk Populations
Children (4-12 years)
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent

Description

Developing good character and demonstrating leadership skills are critical for young people to succeed in school and in life. Our Character and Leadership programs challenge kids to be community-minded, and empower them by demonstrating how they can affect change by working together.

Club members have the opportunity to develop leadership skills in many ways, such as by serving as a peer mentor or committee officer, working with adults in the community and giving back to their community. Boys & Girls Club members organize and carry out hundreds of projects to lend a hand and make a difference in their schools, Clubs and neighborhoods each year. Our Clubs teach young people how to roll up their sleeves, dig in, and become active participants in their community. This civic engagement works: Club members consistently demonstrate positive, productive coping techniques and high levels of responsibility.

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Evidence of Program's Success

BGCMD offers a variety of Leadership programs and service-learning opportunities for youth. Club members have the opportunity to develop leadership skills in many ways, such as by serving as a peer mentor or committee officer, working with adults in the community and demonstrating their moral character. Service-learning combines service experiences with structured opportunities to reflect on the activity to further develop an understanding about the process and the impact of the project. Service-learning engages youth academically and civically, and encourages positive character development.

Club members who participated in Leadership programs reported greater feelings of emotional support, belonging and safety at the Clubs than members who were not in Leadership programs. Teens who participated in Leadership programs were significantly more likely to engage in community service activities than teens not in these programs.

Club members who participated in Service programs had a significantly higher proportion of proficient/advanced scores on the TCAP Reading and Math tests than Club members who did not participate in Service programming.

Club members who participated in Service Learning programming had significantly fewer misconduct incidents at school than Club members who did not participate in Service Learning.

Healthy Lifestyles

Class

Youth Development 

Beneficiaries

Children ages 5 to 21
Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
At-Risk Populations
Children (4-12 years)
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent

Description

Good health requires practice. It means not only having a place to go where you get the chance to run, jump, kick, throw and high-five; it also means eating right and having the knowledge and confidence necessary to choose wisely. Boys & Girls Clubs are 100% committed to every aspect of a healthy lifestyle. That's why we provide the right resources - from coaches to carrots - to help kids make the right choices. Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver's Healthy Lifestyles programming helps young people learn that informed decisions about health and social issues can mean the difference between a life without options and a life filled with hope.

Our members report exercising multiple times a week, eating diets that are rich in fruits and vegetables, and low levels of drug and alcohol use compared to their peers. By making positive, trusted connections with a staff member or teammate, planting a seed and nurturing it to harvest in a Club garden, or planning an anti-tobacco campaign with fellow leadership club members, kids are learning lifelong healthy habits.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Club members reported engaging in healthy lifestyle behaviors. Specifically, members reported exercising multiple days a week, diets that include fruits and vegetables, low levels of drug and alcohol use and little sexual activity in comparison to peers.

95% of BGCMD members reported exercising more than 60 minutes on one or more day(s) a week and more than half of BGCMD members reported exercising for at least an hour most days of the week.

The proportion of youth engaging in substance use is much lower among the BGCMD members than among comparable youth. The majority (66%) of BGCMD teens reported that they had never consumed alcohol. BGCMD teens consumed less alcohol over a 30 day period than teens surveyed in Colorado. BGCMD teens smoked cigarettes less over a 30 day period than teens surveyed in Colorado. BGCMD consumed less marijuana over a 30 day period than teens in Colorado. Only 28% of Club members reported that they had ever used marijuana.

The majority of Club teens (73%) reported never having engaged in sexual intercourse. Of the 27% of teens that did report having sex, most (75%) reported having used a condom. In contrast, only 60% of Colorado high school students reported abstaining from sex.

Academic Support & Career Preparation

Class

Youth Development 

Beneficiaries

Children ages 5 to 21
Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
At-Risk Populations
Children (4-12 years)
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent

Description

Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver's Academics & Careers programs offer the perfect solution for helping low-income kids overcome the achievement and opportunity gap. It's more than just reading, writing and problem solving. It's exploring, experimenting and expanding upon the lessons learned during the school day that helps our Club members succeed in the real world. We don't just help kids get good grades; we help them get inspired and empowered to build a better future for themselves. Educationally-enriching activities in every area of the Club - from the art room, to the gym, to the tech lab - are built on deliberate skill-building to complement Club members' traditional academic instruction and spark young people's passions.

By the time they reach 6th grade, middle class kids have likely spent 6,000 more hours learning than kids born into poverty. Through engaging academic and career programs, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver is filling the learning gap faced by many of the kids and families we serve.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Providing a supportive learning environment and promoting academic success are primary focuses of Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver (BGCMD). The 2011-12 evaluation revealed that Club members who attended the Club frequently had greater expectations for success in school and felt that they had more resources to plan for college than members who attended less frequently. Other results of the evaluation revealed that:

Attendance: On average, BGCMD Club members attended 93.4% of school days. 90% attendance is considered the threshold for a student to have the best chance at succeeding in school.

Behavior: Club members had significantly fewer behavioral misconduct incidents at school compared to nonmembers. On average, Club members had 0.36 misconduct incidences in the school year and nonmembers had 0.42 incidences.

Coursework: Club members who frequently attended a program for homework assistance tended to have higher GPA s than Club members who did not receive assistance (mean GPA = 2.49 vs. 2.04).

A higher proportion of Club members who attended the Club frequently scored proficient or advanced on the TCAP Math test than Club members with low or medium attendance rates.

The Clubs have weekly games and activities to reinforce basic math skills. Club members had a higher median growth percentile on the TCAP Math test in comparison to nonmembers. In other words, Club members improved more relative to their peers than did nonmembers.

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