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Our Formula for Impact

This variety of programs is part of our research-informed Formula for Impact, helping members achieve positive outcomes in three priority areas: Academic Success, Good Character and Citizenship, and Healthy Lifestyles. The formula is the vehicle that drives greater outcomes in the lives of youth served. This formula begins with youth who need us most (specify targeted youth, if applicable, such as teens). We add the Five Key Elements for Youth Development.

A safe, positive environment (connected to feelings of emotional and physical safety)

Fun and a sense of belonging

Supportive relationships, including positive adult connections

Opportunities and expectations, especially staff expectations of youth


To this mix, we add high-yield learning activities, so called because they extend learning by providing opportunities to practice communication skills (reading, writing, speaking); problem-solving skills (math, science, technology); healthy living skills (being mindful of diet and exercise, avoiding risky behaviors); and character and citizenship skills (civics, volunteerism and civility). Then we mix in targeted programs to meet youth needs and interests.

The last ingredient of the Formula is attendance. Research shows that youth who attend the Club more frequently, especially those who attend 104 or more days per year (an average of twice per week), are more likely to achieve positive outcomes, such as avoiding risky behaviors, progressing to the next grade on time and exercising regularly. Therefore, we focus on increasing attendance, program participation and member retention.

Our Results

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Every young person should have access to a high-quality out-of-school time experience.

The Need

Nationally, 7.7 million school-age children are home without adult supervision after school.

What We Do

Clubs across the country provide over 4 million young people with a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun and friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours.

Our Impact

54% of Club alumni said the club literally “saved my life”.
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Safer Childhood

Every young person has a right to a safe, positive environment in which to learn and grow.

The Need

Nationally, 49% of youth grades 4–12 reported being bullied at least once during the past month.

What We Do

Boys & Girls Clubs are committed to supporting communities and local Clubs ensure the safety of all youth especially during out-of-school time when statistics show youth violence escalates in communities between the hours of 3-7 p.m.

Our Impact

Older Club teens are 36% less likely to get into a physical fight than their peers.

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Health & Wellness

Every young person should be equipped to make healthy decisions resulting in positive social, emotional, and physical well-being.

The Need

Nationally, 29% of high school students report currently using alcohol and 22% using marijuana in the past 30 days.

What We Do

Our programs help youth engage in positive behaviors that nurture their well-being. Club members learn how to manage stress, demonstrate good teamwork, eat well, and keep physically fit.

Our Impact

Club 12th graders are 24% more likely to abstain from alcohol than their peers nationally.

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Education, Career Readiness & Leadership Development

Every young person deserves to be well prepared for life and career.

The Need

15% of young people in Illinois fail to graduate from high school on time.

What We Do

Clubs equip youth with the soft and hard skills they need to succeed in the workforce and create access to partnerships for real-life experiences to explore career options.

Our Impact

97% of Club teens expect to graduate on time, and 86% expect to attend college.

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Equity & Inclusion

Every young person has the right to safe, positive and inclusive environments where everyone can reach their full potential.

The Need

Nationally, nearly 1 in 5 children live in poverty, and 50% live in low-income families.

What We Do

Clubs champion opportunities for the unique challenges and circumstances in communities, while respecting and celebrating their strengths and cultures.

Our Impact

83% of Club members believe they can make a difference in their community.

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