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Brigade Boys & Girls Club
LIFETIME AMOUNT RAISED
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About Brigade Boys & Girls Club
Today, Brigade serves more than 2,200 at-risk boys and girls annually between the ages 5-18 at 13 sites in three counties. We are a proud affiliate of the nationally renowned Boys & Girls Club of America. Our mission is “to inspire and, through character development, enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.” Our programs target workforce development and educational assistance to ensure academic success, while promoting good character and leadership development, to empower our youth and instill healthy lifestyles. Brigade Boys & Girls Club offers the perfect solution for helping all kids, especially those who need us most, overcome the achievement and opportunity gap. According to Stanford Graduate School of Education, almost every school district enrolling large numbers of low-income (at-risk) students has an average academic performance significantly below the national grade-level average. The research also revealed that nearly all U.S. school districts with substantial minority populations have large achievement gaps between their white and black and white and Hispanic students. Of the 1,035 youth and teens Brigade serves in New Hanover County alone, 63% are African American, 17% are Hispanic, 83% receive free or reduced lunch, and 48% come from single parent households. By the time middle class kids reach 6th grade, they have likely spent 6,000 more hours learning than kids born into poverty. Through engaging academic and career programs, Brigade is filling the learning gap faced by many of the kids and families we serve. Leaning is more than just reading, writing and problem solving. It’s exploring, experimenting and expanding upon the lessons learned during the school day that helps our Club members succeed in the real world. We don’t just help kids get good grades; we help inspire and empower them to build a better future for themselves. Educationally-enriching activities in every area of the Club – from the art room, to the gym, to the tech lab – are built on deliberate skill-building programming to complement Club members’ traditional academic instruction and spark young people’s passions. Our programs are designed to encourage Club members to realize a wide variety of positive outcomes, a strategy for developing the “whole child.” In recent years, the Boys & Girls Club Movement has focused additional efforts on helping youth and teens achieve in our three priority outcome areas of Academic Success, Good Character and Citizenship, and Healthy Lifestyles.
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