As a supporter of the Boys & Girls Club, you’ve probably thought about what a difference the Club makes to kids and how your support helps kids get on the path to a great future. But, what you might not realize is that your support helps whole families do better.
We’d like to share with you what a mom named Jamie told the Club, “I am a single, working mother. With help from the Boys & Girls Club’s scholarship program, I am able to go to work. I don’t have to stay home and depend on welfare, which is the one thing I do NOT want. Deep down in my heart, the Boys & Girls Club is so helpful to my family.”
When you make a contribution to sponsor a child, you are making a difference in so many ways. You are giving a child the help they need to do well in school. You are giving a child a safe, fun place to learn and play. You are helping a child build good character and values. You are helping a child gain the skills he needs to grow up to be a success. You are doing even more than that, though.
By making a donation to the Club, you help moms and dads, too. You give parents the opportunity to work to provide for their kids – the dignity of knowing they are working for a living, not accepting a handout. You give kids a stable home environment by giving moms and dads the means to put food on the table and a roof over their children’s heads. Those are pretty amazing gifts!
Thank you for supporting the Boys & Girls Club! I hope you will consider giving again and giving those special gifts to even more children and families this holiday season.Wishing you holidays filled with joy and laughter!
I’d like to tell you about one of the families you help by supporting the project to build a new Boys & Girls Club at Golden West College. Rolando is a hard-working, devoted single dad to a preschooler and a school age child. He works a full 40 hours a week. On top of that, he goes to school full-time at Golden West College. The Club's preschool on campus is changing his life. He writes:
“I am taking the necessary steps to improve my children’s future by getting an education myself. I was fortunate enough to qualify for grants and financial aid to make the schooling possible for me. I have faith that furthering my education will open more doors for us, so it is an opportunity that I must take. But, if I was not able to place my daughter in your preschool I would have to drop out of school."
He goes on to talk about what the preschool means to his daughter. "I believe that children will need all the help they can get to prepare them for the future. My concern is for my daughter’s future. I truly believe enrolling her in this preschool is a stepping stone in the right direction not only for her education but for her social skills as well. There is only so much I can teach her not having an adequate educational background myself. Sure I focus on the little things here and there that parents should teach their children, however the need to establish a concrete educational foundation is crucial in the early years. I want my child to have every opportunities to succeed. I truly believe it is in her best interest to be in preschool at the Boys & Girls Club."
By supporting the project to build a new school age Boys & Girls Club at Golden West College, you will give even more families of kids of all ages those same great opportunities for both parents and children to learn. Your generosity opens the door to a new Boys & Girls Club and so many families' great futures. Thank you!
This summer, thanks to generous donors like you who sponsored kids at the Club, youth in the Oak View neighborhood had not only a safe place to spend their summer days, but also a place to learn and get prepared for success in the new school year at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Huntington Valley’s Oak View Branch. Throughout the months of July and August, the Boys & Girls Club’s Oak View Branch was open from 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Monday-Friday. This is the first time in many years that a summer program has been available to Oak View area youth. Thanks to generous donors like you, the program was completely FREE for youth in the low-income Oak View neighborhood. The community’s response was overwhelmingly positive, with about 120 kids participating each day!
100% of the kids at our Oak View Branch come from low-income households, and nearly all speak a language other than English at home. That puts them at a significant risk of summer learning loss, especially in reading. In fact, at the end of the summer, there is typically a three month gap between lower income and middle income youth who were at the same reading level at the end of the school year. The Club decided to take action to fix this problem with an 8 week summer reading program. The Club chose KidzLit, a reading enrichment program specifically designed for out of school settings like the Boys & Girls Club.
The Club’s goal was to help the kids maintain the reading levels they had at the end of the school year and not lose any ground. The Club got a wonderful surprise when the program’s reading assessments were tallied up at the end of the summer.
• 100% of the children who participated in KidzLit for the entire summer at least maintained their reading levels. This means we achieved our goal – the rest is unexpected and fantastic!
• 33% of youth were reading below grade level at the beginning of summer. By the end of summer, that dropped to just 15%.
• Of the 33% of youth whose reading levels were one or more grade levels behind at the beginning of the summer, 65% improved one or more grade levels, including 30% who improved 2 or more grade levels.
• 70% of all participating youth improved one or more grade levels, including 22% who improved 2 or more grade levels.
• 65% of youth are now reading ABOVE grade level!
With results like these, you can be sure that you are making a real difference to children in need by supporting the Boys & Girls Club. Thank you!