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Boys & Girls Clubs of Ventura County

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on September 21, 2010

Ventura, Calif.—A study released today finds that for every dollar spent supporting the Boys & Girls Clubs in Ventura County, eight dollars are reinvested in the community. The report, done by Jamshid Damooei, PhD, co-director of the Center for Leadership and Values at California Lutheran University and chair of the department of economics, finance and accounting; shows that positive choices made by youth who attend the clubs have a positive ripple effect in the community.

“This study shows an impressive return on investing in our children,” said Damooei. The study measured six areas: teen pregnancy rates, high school graduation rates, conflict avoidance, improved self-esteem, better job preparation and involvement in the community.

Overall, three percent of Ventura County girls give birth, however for girls who participated in the Boys & Girls Clubs, the rate is zero. The report shows an annual savings of $308,448 in childbirth expenses and over $12 million in savings over the lifetime of a woman who did not become a teenage mom.

The report also showed a significant savings to the community in the area of crime prevention. The Boys & Girls Clubs are open during peak juvenile crime hours, giving children the chance to choose healthy activities over crime. Nine percent of youth in Ventura County are arrested, and the arrest rate of youth who attend the Boys & Girls Club is 4 percent, one-third of the rate for Ventura County youth. The cost to incarcerate a youth is 48,000 to $100,000 per year.

Through academic support programs, Boys & Girls Clubs youth pass the high school exit exam at a higher rate than the population overall. For Ventura County, 70 percent pass, compared to 97 percent of Club youth pass. This means together Club kids will earn $106,586 more each year and $3 million more in their lifetime than people who do not graduate from high school, the study showed.

“Boys & Girls Clubs provide not only outstanding youth programs but also safe childcare so parents can work stress free, not wondering where their kids are and what they are doing after school,” Damooei noted in his report.  His study found that 38 percent of parents credit the Club for helping them remain employed, knowing they have safe childcare. Ninety-seven percent of parents agree their kids are safe at the club. All told, parents of Club youth are able to earn $144,740,064 more each year by sending their kids to the Boys & Girls Clubs.

The complete report is available online at each of the clubs’ websites. Ventura County’s Boys & Girls Clubs encompass seven separate Clubs that operate at 46 sites to serve nearly 23,000 youth ages six to 18.

“As a nonprofit community-based organization, we are accountable to our donors, partnering organizations and our entire community. We work hard to ensure that our programs are relevant and make a significant difference in the lives of the people in our area,” said Diane Koranda, chief professional officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Ventura. “This report clearly spells out the economic impact that this kind of intervention has on every person in the County. Investing in the Club just makes good sense all around.”

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Ventura County exist to inspire and enable all young people to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. Program areas include character and leadership development, education and career development, health and life skills, the arts, technology and sports/fitness/recreation.

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