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Year Published: 2009
A 30-month longitudinal evaluation of 322 Boys & Girls Club members from 10 Clubs across the country, beginning in seventh and eighth grade. Student survey responses indicated that participants who attended the program more often had increased academic confidence, community service involvement, integrity, and academic confidence, and decreased school absence rates, aggression,and police interactions.
Program Name: Boys & Girls Club of America
Program Description: The mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America is to “enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.” They do this by providing opportunities for children and youth, ages 6 to 18, to complete hands-on activities, build leadership skills, and form lasting relationships with staff.
Scope of the Evaluation: National
Program Type: Afterschool
Community Type: Urban
Grade level: Middle School
Program Demographics: The student body represented in the study was diverse: 34 percent of participants were Latino, 31 percent of were African-American, 16 percent were White, 11 percent were Multiracial, five percent were Asian or Pacific Islander, and two percent were Native American. Forty-eight percent of students were female and 52 percent were male. Additionally, 71 percent of youth reported they receive free or reduced-price lunch and less than half the youth live with two parents.
Program Website: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/dycd/services/after-school/beacon.page