Formed in 1991, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County consists of five branches: East Stuart, Hobe Sound, Indiantown, Palm City, and Port Salerno.
Each year, we serve more than 3,000 at-risk youth six to 18 years of age with after-school programs, summer program, and community outreach activities. We charge only $35 per year but spend more than $1,800 on programs and services per Member. And we never turn a child away for his or her family’s inability to pay.
To strengthen our organizational capacity, our youth development staff receives ongoing training throughout the year. Staff then utilizes a comprehensive curriculum developed in association with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, to which we are affiliated, to help improve grades, increase physical activity, teach resistance skills youth need to avoid drugs, alcohol, and tobacco, and provide youth with opportunities for artistic experience, community service, and leadership roles. To more strategically meet the specific needs of Martin County’s teen population, we launched The Club, a program that targets local teens, in 2011. The Club's curriculum, based on the input of more than 850 local teens, emphasizes technology training, community service, career planning, building resistance to risky behaviors, and college tours.
In 2011, we also adopted a Formula for Impact, a five-year road map designed to provide age-appropriate programs so all Members can demonstrate Academic Success, Good Character & Citizenship, and Healthy Lifestyles. A key component to the Formula for Impact is to prepare every Member to graduate from high school so that he or she is ready for college, trade school, the military, or employment.
How are we impacting Club Members? Each year, we survey our Club Members and parents through the National Youth Outcomes Initiative, a research tool designed by the Boys & Girls Clubs of America in order to quantitatively assess our programmatic impact. Below are findings from our 2013 survey.
- 85% of our Club Members ages 6 to 12 expect to attend college
- 93% of Club teens expect to attend college, with half (49%) saying they expect to obtain a master's degree, MD, or Phd
- 91% of Club parents say their child's academic performance improved last school year because of the Club
- 97% of Club parents said their child was more prepared for school each day
Character & Citizenship
- 92% of Club Members told us they're meeting the expectations staff have for them
- Seven in ten (68%) Club Members said we excelled in the area of recognizing their achievements and successes
- 94% of Club parents agreed that as a result of their children's experience at the Club, his or her self-esteem improved
- 88% of Club parents strongly agreed or agreed that their child has a stronger sense of community service and doing things for others
- Eight in ten (78%) Club Members engaged in the recommended amount of daily physical activity
- 92% of Club Members have abstained from alcohol and from tobacco use
- 81% of Club parents said their child has developed a better understanding of positive lifestyles and healthy behaviors because of the Clubs
- 88% of Club parents say their child has a positive relationship with an adult such as staff, volunteers, or a coach.