A letter from Our CEO
In reflecting upon the past year, a clear and resounding theme emerges – an unwavering commitment to the betterment of our community's children. Our journey has been defined by purposeful strides, each step a testament to our dedication and the potential we see in the young lives we touch.
In the face of challenges, our devotion to our youth remained steadfast. Our growth from 5 sites in 2020 to 25 Club sites in 2022 is a testament to our conviction. We've evolved, not just in numbers, but in the essence of our programming. The launch of our academic recovery initiative in August 2021 has redefined our Club's purpose. By addressing literacy, math, emotional well-being, and college and workforce readiness, we've widened our impact and enriched our offerings.
Navigating this transformative path came with its share of lessons and hurdles, yet the urgency of our mission compelled us to push through. Today, over 3,000 children experience the positive influence of our Club sites every day. The progress is tangible – 64% of Club kids have advanced by one or more grade levels in literacy, and 69% in math, a testament to the efficacy of our programs. Even more remarkable, 20% have achieved outstanding growth by gaining two or more grade levels in both areas.
As we embrace the opportunities of 2023, the needs of our community's children remind us of the magnitude of our mission. Our 990-student waitlist underscores this fact. Our commitment to investing in our people and curriculum is resolute, and your support makes this possible.
We extend our gratitude to all who stand with us. Together, we've transformed challenges into opportunities, showcasing the power of purpose-driven action. With optimism and determination, we forge ahead, shaping futures and making a lasting impact.
With heartfelt appreciation,
The mission of Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Joseph County is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens.
OUR CORE VALUES
SUCCESS IS WITHIN
REACH OF EVERY CHILD
At Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Joseph County we have a bold vision: that success is within reach of every child. We believe every girl and boy deserves a safe place to learn and grow; life-enhancing programs, character development experiences, and hope and opportunity for the future.
In such an environment, kids can discover how to see beyond the walls of their current situation and realize they can succeed. They are becoming better people, contributing members of the community—our future citizens, labor force, and leaders.