Operating as an affiliate of Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), a national network of over 4,000 Boys & Girls Clubs, the mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oklahoma County is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens. In pursuit of this mission, we implement a “Formula for Impact” that provides young people ages 6-18 with a safe positive environment, supportive relationships, opportunities and expectations, recognition and fun. We offer compelling and life changing programs in five core program areas: Character and Leadership Development; Educational and Career Development; Health and Life Skills; The Arts; and Sports, Fitness and Recreation.
Ø Since 2011, we have expanded from 1 to 4 Club locations, partnering to operate three new Club locations in local elementary schools with high rates of poverty and poor academic performance;
Ø Our membership has grown from 1,900 to over 3,800 young people per year, 39% of who are teens; average daily attendance has more than doubled from 285 to over 800 young people per day and we have a waiting list at 3 out of 4 Club sites;
Ø 91% of Oklahoma County members qualify for free or reduced lunch; 84% of these members live in single parent or guardian households;
Ø 92% of our Club teen members expect to graduate from high school compared to 73% of their Oklahoma City peers; 90% expect to complete some kind of postsecondary education;
Ø 61% of Club members volunteer in their community at least once per year; 36% volunteer monthly;
Ø Over 90% of our Club teens report not using alcohol or drugs in the last 30 days, compared to 65% of teens nationally.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Oklahoma County has a proven track record of delivering programs with life changing impact, inspiring and enabling young people to succeed under the most challenging of life circumstances.
In Oklahoma County:
· 1 in 4 Oklahoma children live in poverty
· 27% of Oklahoma teens do not expect to graduate from high school on time
· 35% of teens report using alcohol or drugs in the last 30 days
· Oklahoma ranks 2nd in the nation in the number of teen births
· The majority of Oklahoma City Public Schools receive a failing grade in terms of academic performance
· Oklahoma City Public Schools experienced a $30 million deficit in the last fiscal year, with more cuts on the horizon.
The need could not be more compelling and our responsibility to our children and our community could not be more urgent. Boys & Girls Clubs of Oklahoma County has the reach, strength and proven track record to lead a transformation. We will confront, head-on, the urgent challenges facing our young people, including poverty, poor education and unhealthy lifestyles.
The Boys & Girls Club of Oklahoma County offers a safe, positive place for Oklahoma City youth to spend their out of school time. With programs in education and career development, character and leadership development, health and life skills, the arts, and sports, fitness and recreation - Great Futures Start HERE.The Boys & Girls Club of Oklahoma County works to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens.
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