Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme

Great Futures are supported by afterschool guidance

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on September 23, 2014

What are the kids in your neighborhood doing afterschool? The way children spend their time after school can significantly impact the paths they take. In a nationwide movement, the Club has launched its Great Futures Campaign to mobilize the community in support of kids and empower today’s youth to achieve great futures.
Every day, 15 million kids nationwide (1 out of 4) leave school with no place to go, putting them at risk of being unsupervised, unguided and unsafe.
“When school is out, no child should be unsafe or unguided,” said Erin Antrim, BGCOP chief executive officer. “Through the Campaign, we are advocating on behalf of kids and convening public, private and nonprofit partners around our goal of ensuring all kids have access to a safe, engaging and productive place to go between school and home. We want today’s generation to be successful in school and in adulthood, to be healthy and active, and to develop strong character skills they need to become future leaders for our country.”

Among our members, BGCOP has a 96 percent graduation rate, a 0 percent teen pregnancy rate— compared to 14 percent in the city—and crime rate of 4 percent, compared to 11 percent in the Oxnard. For every dollar invested in BGCOP, there is a $17 return on investment.

Boys & Girls Clubs reach kids most in need with outcome-driven programs designed to increase their performance in the areas of education, health and character development. Research shows that when kids attend the Club more frequently, the impact grows, so Clubs create a fun and engaging environment that keeps kids coming back.

Goals for the Campaign include:
• Increase membership and access to Clubs for kids who need a safe place to go after school
• Ensure successful transitions to middle and high school, and foster college- or career-readiness with 21st century skills
• Motivate kids to be healthy through nutrition and health education, more access to healthy foods, avoidance of risky behaviors and a lifelong commitment to fitness
• Engage youth in taking action in their community and the world, promote resilience, build character strength, and develop the next generation of America’s leaders

For more information about the Great Futures Campaign, visit http://www.bgcop.org.

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