1. Launched additional satellite program site in the West Rock neighborhood in partnership with the Housing Authority of New Haven to serve residents of public housing in the Westville Manor development and surrounding developments. The satellite site allows us to expand our services to reach additional underserved youth and their families.
4. Helped nearly 1,000 Club youth achieve success in academics, health, character and citizenship. For example, 96% of youth attending our Power Hour program progressed to the next grade successfully.
5. Conducted feasibility study on our facility use and programming to best meet the needs for youth who need us most. We are currently using this information inform our 2015-18 strategic plan.
Based on the Formula for Impact, our priority outcomes are:
1.Academic Success- We want youth to graduate from high school ready for college, trade school, military or employment.
2.Good Character & Citizenship- We want youth to be engaged citizens involved in the community, register to vote and role model strong character.
3.Healthy Lifestyles- We also want youth to adopt a healthy diet, practice healthy lifestyle choices and make a lifelong commitment to fitness.
To determine our success in reaching the above outcomes, there are a series of indicators. Some of our indicators are:
Good Character & Citizenship Indicators
On-time grade progression
Contributions to Club & Community
Regular Physical Activity
Avoidance of involvement with juvenile justice
Member expectations of academic success
Conflict Resolution Skills
Avoidance of Risky Behaviors
To collect these indicators, BGCNH recently purchased the Efforts-to-Outcomes data management system to track all demographics and attendance, we are striving to strengthen our already strong relationship with the New Haven School District to allow us to gather report card, attendance and behavior referral data, and through our relationship with the United Way of Greater New Haven we anticipate easier data sharing among the schools and the United Way funded agencies. Additionally, BGCNH measures the impact of our programming by analyzing changes in knowledge and attitude through Youth Outcome Surveys that are distributed to all members of the Club and parents twice a year (January and July).
The following data collected through Youth Outcome Surveys, Parent Surveys and report cards underscore the quality programming that we provide to youth:
* leisure reading through Ms. Chrisma's Book Club;
* fun activities that sharpen math skills (math bingo, quiz bowl, multiplicity)
* health and fitness knowledge through hands-on Healthy Habits lessons;
* helping others (cleaning up neighborhoods and completing other Club service projects); and
All young people need consistent, ongoing guidance and support from caring adults in order to become productive adults. Our Club summer program helps level the playing field for low-income young people in our community, especially when children participate for multiple years. We would have an even greater opportunity to counteract the cumulative effects of summer learning loss by implementing educationally beneficial summer programs consistently over a period of years. Our Summer Camp provides the support that young people need to make their summer vacation a season of continued learning and development.
The Boys & Girls Club of New Haven's sports programs provide opportunities for children to enhance their skills and learn sportsmanship, cooperation, and teamwork. The programs seeks to support physical fitness and academic achievement through competitive athletics and is designed to foster growth and development in academics and athletics through one-on-one tutoring, mentoring, training, coaching, conditioning, and character development.
Our Sports Programs Include:
Track & Field
The Boys & Girls Club of New Haven participates in the Boys & Girls Club of America's Youth of the Year program. This program is used as a tool for fostering Club members', ages 14-18, character, personal growth and leadership qualities. Every year, one teen is selected through a jury to represent our Club's Youth of the Year, who then participate in a state competition. Last year, one of our Club's youth was a major contender in the state of competition. Although he did not win, he says that his experience has helped him develop his leadership skills and he is now pursuing a bachelors degree. He also visits the Club regularly to share his experiences with Club teens.
Carlos Collazo has over 18 years of experience working in the non-profit sector. He joined the Boys & Girls Club of New Haven in June 2013. In his role, he will oversee programs and operations with primary focus on program development, human resources, community relations, grant/budget management, facilities and major building renovation projects. Previously, Carlos was Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Redding-Easton and prior to working for the Redding-Easton Club he was Unit Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Bridgeport.
During a time of tremendous growth at the Boys & Girls Club of Redding-Easton Carlos directed the addition of numerous programs. Under his tenure the Boys & Girls Club of Redding-Easton expanded not only in sports offerings, but developed new programs designed to promote character & leadership, the arts, health & life skills and education & career development. Carlos was the driving force behind those efforts. His combination of enthusiasm, commitment, professionalism and positive attitude have attributed to his successful track record.
New Haven Public Schools - to determine academic needs of our members, promote our programs, and establish transportation to the After School program.
New Haven Police Activities League- provides referrals and Police presence at the Club.
Connecticut Department of Children & Families – work with case workers, parents, and foster parents to find appropriate placement for children and teens in Club programs.
New Haven Family Alliance Street Outreach Worker Program – referral of high risk children and teens to Club programs.
Housing Authority of New Haven (HANH) – referral of young HANH residents to Club programs and financial support for two Club site that serves an additional 125 youth.
The Boys and Girls Club of New Haven (BGCNH) is one of the few youth centers that exist in New Haven and the only youth center that is located in the Hill section of the city. Unfortunately, many New Haven-based youth programs and community centers have opened and closed over the years. To date, BGCNH remains one of the oldest youth serving organizations and youth centers in the area. Unfortunately, there is a lack of affordable, varied enrichment activities or positive youth leadership activities, and a critical shortage of youth services for pre-teens and teens.
Consequently, the demand and need for BGCNH’s services continues to increase as more families are seeking positive supports for their children during non-school hours.
Currently, the Club has over 1,000 registered members. BGCNH’s goal is to increase the number of registered members by 30% or approximately 1,500 members by 2020, with a special emphasis on teens engagement and membership.
Our board of managers has continued to develop and diversify through some exciting additions. Most notably, we were proud to add our first parent to our board, which will provide a very valuable insight as this individual is not only an advisor, but a customer, as well. Our efforts to transform the board, as evidenced by half of the board joining us since 2009, has diversified our funding and support streams and also has brought new skills to our board. Our Board worked together to complete our 2012-2014 Strategic Plan which was finalized in September 2012. We now feel as though we have the passion and the expertise to fulfill the goals and objectives outlined in the plan. We are also looking at possible opportunities for expansion, and the facilities and resources that will be needed to support this programming. It is rewarding and exciting to see the board transform from the crisis management role in 2008/2009, to a more strategic and more advisory role as we seek to better connect our programming to the short and long term needs of the community. In addition, the Executive Committee and Executive Director have been successful in creating a more robust perpetuation strategy of key staff and board positions.
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