columns President’s Report
LOOKING BACK, MOVING FORWARD JIM CLARK PRESIDENT and CEO Boys & Girls Clubs of America
2015 was another great year for the Boys & Girls Club Movement, as we continued to work to increase impact and position Boys & Girls Clubs as our nation’s leading advocate for America’s youth. With the Great Futures Impact Plan as a guide, Clubs are helping more young people achieve our priority outcomes of Academic Success, Good Character and Citizenship, and Healthy Lifestyles. Using the Great Futures Impact Plan’s five allied goals as a benchmark, we can see steady progress has been made. Our aim to have 80 percent of Clubs measuring outcomes by 2018, for instance, was achieved last year. In the area of strategic growth, we gained over 200 Club sites in 2014, with average daily attendance reaching an all-time high of 424,000. Organizational focus on building capacity also trended upward, as Clubs with at least 75 percent of board members attending all meetings increased 13 percent. And Movement-wide revenue continued to rise steadily (2014 was an historic high), as we remained on track to meet our goal of 30 percent growth by 2018. Going forward, an upgrade to the Formula for Impact is in the works. Formula for Impact 2.0 will build on the success of the Formula for Impact to further define the important success factors youth need, and the support we provide for the Club Experience. Part of this upgraded framework will include a sharper focus on how we can help more young people master leadership skills to prepare them for success in the 21st century workforce. You can expect to hear more about this in the coming months.
YOUTH OF THE YEAR SHINES BRIGHT One major highlight of the year was the elevation of our signature Youth of the Year program. The National Youth of the Year Celebration in Washington, D.C., in September spotlighted the amazing accomplishments by six of our Movement’s young people. It was also an opportunity to highlight the dedicated, hard-working staff and volunteers around the country and on military installations here and overseas who helped these youth reach their full potential and achieve great futures. The time I spent with National Youth of the Year Whitney Stewart and all our finalists was moving and inspiring. I am confident each of these six young people will continue to build on their success and go on to have great futures! As we worked to raise the profile of the Youth of the Year program, we strived to give Youth of the Year participants even more opportunities. This included the establishment of the Advanced Leaders Institute. The inaugural event was held at Emory University in Atlanta. It gave participants the opportunity to learn about collegiate life and develop their leadership skills and personal brand. (To learn more about ALI, please turn to page 6.)
THINKING BIG BGCA held two Great Thinks in 2015, solidifying our position as a thought leader in the youth development field. Both events brought together experts and influencers from the public, private and nonprofit sectors to lay out long-term strategies to address vital issues.
Reaching the Summit. National Youth of the Year finalists, a testament to the Club Experience.