2020 Fennie Community Fund
Legal-name: Boys & Girls Clubs of Long Beach
Address: 3635 Long Beach Blvd
City: Long Beach
Officer-title: Chief Executive Officer
Mission: The mission of Boys & Girls Clubs of Long Beach is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.
ContactTitle: Chief Executive Officer
Primary-phone: (562) 595-5945
Grant-purpose: We are requesting support from the Fennie Community Fund to help us to broaden and maintain our vital Power Hour Program that is helping so many at-risk youth achieve educational growth.
What-is-project: Boys & Girls Clubs of Long Beach (BGCLB) seeks support for our Power Hour Tutoring and Homework Assistance program. Power Hour impacts every member who walks through our doors – over 3,500 young people throughout the year. Members are given a safe and positive place to complete schoolwork, specialized academic assistance from dedicated youth development professionals, and engaging homework and tutoring learning stations. By encouraging members to develop a daily habit of completing homework/studying and supporting them in this endeavor, staff help members develop a foundation on which to build long-term success in school and learning.
Power Hour is provided Monday through Friday, throughout the school year. It is one hour each day dedicated to educational support and assistance. During this time, everyone in each of our facilities and sites focuses solely on the task of completing homework assignments. Additional time is dedicated to these activities as needed. The program is distinguished by the following components:
• Make homework and other learning activities enjoyable, as well as academically beneficial –“fun with a purpose”
• Integrate technology in homework and academic activities
• Facilitate one-on-one or small-group tutoring for youth who need additional help in specific areas
• Recognize participants’ efforts and achievements
• Engage hard-to-reach or reluctant youth in homework help and tutoring
• Encourage collaboration with schools, parents, and other community partners
• Measure the influence of Power Hour activities on members’ academics, school attendance, and behavior
Ninety percent of our Club population is low-income and the vast majority are racial/ethnic minorities (38% African American, 39% Hispanic/Latino). Compounding these issues, our youth face other significant obstacles, which may include housing instability, health issues, challenges at home, and language barriers. Further, many of the adults in the lives of our youth are unable or unwilling to provide guidance, which drastically affects these youth academically, physically, emotionally, socially, and in every other facet of life.
While 8% of our Club members do not currently have a home (living in a shelter, family or friend’s residence, or hotel), the remainder are at high risk of becoming homeless. These numbers are exacerbated due to the ever increasing unemployment rate occurring during the COVID-19 crisis. BGCLB youth are even more vulnerable because their lives and schooling are interrupted. They may be isolated from friends and support people. Their families have less capacity and resources to stay safe and less ability to weather the negative economic and social impacts.
How-will-you-succeed: Power Hour provides our members with the support, resources and guidance necessary to complete their assignments and do well on tests and other assessments. Program objectives include, but are not limited to the following: Improved high school graduation rates; Improved Grade Point Averages (GPAs); Improved test scores; Increased English fluency; Scoring at or above proficient on standardized tests; Improved enrollment in postsecondary institutions.
BGCLB measures Power Hour’s success and impact by the following outcomes:
• 85% of members demonstrate on time academic progression
• Students that fall behind work with a case manager to develop a plan to catch-up
• 100% of high school seniors graduate on time with a plan for the future
• 70-80% of high school graduates enroll in post-secondary education
Power Hour is a cornerstone and nationally recognized program that will continue to be funding through general operating grants and donations.
Who-are-you: Founded in 1939, Maurice Bugbee and Carlton Wallace launched the first Boys Club in Long Beach. They wanted to keep young boys out of trouble and off the streets by giving them access to activities and programs that assisted them in becoming responsible, contributing members of the community. Boys & Girls Clubs of Long Beach is proud to continue that original vision and impacts over 3,500 of the most underserved and at-risk youth, ages 6-18, through its 11 Club sites around Long Beach.
Over 95% of the young members at Boys & Girls Clubs of Long Beach represent minority races or ethnicities and 90% live in poverty and qualify for free or reduced-price school lunch programs. Club programs and staff are mostly funded by grants and community support, so we are able to only charge the nominal fee of $15 a year for membership and no child is turned away for inability to pay.
The mission of BGCLB is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as caring, responsible and productive citizens. We provide programs in the areas of arts and culture, sports and recreation, academic development and tutoring, career guidance and youth employment preparation, college readiness and post-secondary planning, and mentoring and leadership development.