We're making great progress on construction of the new Boys & Girls Club at Golden West College and expect to be open and helping kids and families by the end of the year!
The new Boys & Girls Club will serve more than 1,500 children each year. YOUR support is what makes it all possible! By supporting this project:
Our CEO Tanya Hoxsie says, “We are thrilled that the project will finally be finished this year. We will be able to serve kids from diapers to graduation all at one site! With the special location on a community college campus, moms and dads will be able to go back to school with on-campus care for their kids. And, kids who grow up on a college campus will learn to see going to college as a natural next step after high school.”
9-year-old Club member Kevin says he loves coming to one of our current on-campus programs that will be housed at the new Club because, "I'd never seen a college campus before." Your support opens kids' eyes to the possibility of a college education. Not just as something to dream about, but as something real that they can accomplish. The finished Boys & Girls Club Family Campus will change the lives of so many families for the better. Families will learn, grow, get stronger and achieve great futures - all because of you and your support.
Please consider making a gift today and sharing this project with your friends to help open the door to a new Boys & Girls Club and a great future for thousands more kids like Kevin!
Thanks to supporters like you, in 2014, our Oak View Branch gave a safe haven to more than 400 children from Huntington Beach’s most impoverished and dangerous neighborhood. In an area where gangs are trying to get elementary and middle school kids involved, where shootings and drugs are common, the Boys & Girls Club makes a real difference in kids’ lives. At the Club, they are safe. They have the chance to learn, play, and be carefree kids.The kids at our Oak View branch are living in extreme poverty. The average family has three kids and supports the whole family on an income of less than $1400 per month. Kids don’t always have enough to eat at home. They don’t have space to play because they are sharing apartments with other families and it’s not safe to play outside. Kids don’t have home computers to do their schoolwork. Poverty also puts the kids our Oak View Branch at greater risk of failing in school and having behavioral problems. The Boys & Girls Club helps with all of those things.
Here’s how your support of the Club makes a difference. Every single day, kids get a healthy meal so they won’t go hungry during their out of school time. Kids have space to play at the Club. About 75% say the Club is the only place they do active play or exercise outside of school. Kids get access to computer labs and our staff help them with their homework so that they have a better chance to succeed in school. We also run special academic focused programs that help children do better in school, too. It works - in 2014, 68% of kids in our summer reading program improved their reading by a full grade level!
And our caring staff make a big difference in kids’ behavior, too. One of our members, Aldi, has really benefited from your gift of a sponsorship to the Boys & Girls Club this last year. He’s been with us since the Oak View Branch opened in fall 2012. Becky, the site’s Program Director, says, “Aldi’s been a troubled kid from the start. He’s had a bad temper and a lot of trouble with being a good sport. On top of that, his mom had a baby this year and she was struggling a lot with post-partum depression. Her low moods and emotional struggles took a toll on Aldi. I noticed that he was really down and that his temper and sportsmanship were getting worse than ever. To help, we made Aldi part of our mentoring program. Aldi and his mentor meet each week to talk. His mentor paid special attention to Aldi in the program areas as well. Aldi has improved so much! When he’s struggling, he comes and talks to his mentor. He’s getting a good handle on his temper and becoming a good sport. This fall, we launched a brand new flag football league. Aldi played in the league and learned about being part of a team, working together with his friends. And, he even got to be a leader as team captain. This opportunity to be a leader transformed how he saw himself and how he wanted others to see him. As team captain, he felt like he needed to set a good example for the team. So, even when the team lost, he showed much better sportsmanship than he ever had before. We encourage that same desire to be a leader off the field, too. We remind him that he is the oldest child in his family and he can be a role model and a good example for his younger siblings. The combination of mentoring, teamwork, and leadership has been amazing for Aldi. He’s a much happier kid now and I have seen a lot of growth in his good character.” You're changing one life at a time by supporting the Boys & Girls Club. And it adds up! More than 9,500 children will benefit from the Boys & Girls Club in 2015. Thank you for your past support and we hope you will consider making a gift today to change another life for the better!
Since our last report, some big things have happened. You may remember that we asked you to help "make it a million for the kids" by helping us meet our matching goal gift. Just yesterday, we made that goal! Our generous anonymous donor will give $750,000 because people like you all chipped in with gifts that totaled up to more than $250,000. THANK YOU!
And, this week, our construction company got to work on building the brand new Boys & Girls Club at Golden West College. Now we're getting into crunch time. With construction started, we have a clear fundraising deadline ahead of us. Construction will be completed by November 2015 if all goes as planned. We hope to fully fund this $12 million project by that time. That means raising more than $4.5 million this year. We'll need your help to do it. Please tell your friends about this project and if you are able to give a little more over the next 11 months, we would love to have your continued support for the at-risk kids in Huntington Beach.
45% of kids in our targeted neighborhood are home alone afterschool with no caring adults to look after them while their moms and dads are hard at work. With your help, we're going to change that. We're going to make sure that kids have a safe and fun place to learn and play every day after school, during school holidays, and all summer long. Thanks for helping make that possible for the thousands of kids who will use the new Boys & Girls Club.
Not only are you helping the kids, you're also helping parents make better lives for themselves and their whole family. One mom says, "Words cannot express my gratitude for the help I receive from the Boys & Girls Club. It has enabled me to work full time and go to school full time. I am currently working in the field I am going to school for. Because I've been able to advance my education, I have recently been promoted! I would not be able to realize my dreams without the fantastic staff at the Boys & Girls Club. Thank you!" – Jessica
We pass those thanks on to you, because by supporting the new Boys & Girls Club, you are helping thousands more moms and dads like Jessica over the decades to come. We couldn't make such a big difference without your help! Thank you!