The past three years have posed many challenges for our young people. Virtual learning, isolation and fear have been common themes in their lives. That’s the reason the programs at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Elkhart County are so important.
Our dedicated team strives to provide them a safe and welcoming place every day after school. In 2022, we saw tremendous growth in the number of young people and teens that are taking part in Club programs throughout the county.
Overall membership is up 48% from 2021 and our daily attendance numbers are up 35%.
“The Average Daily Attendance (ADA) numbers climbed this fall surpassing the ADA from 2019 in August, September, October AND November!” said Chief Operating Officer Launa Leftwich. “We are so proud of our team, which is focused on making Club a place where young people want to be.”
That team helps close the education gaps caused by covid, provides workforce developments skills, dynamic teen programs and helps them build social skills.
“Club provides connection and belonging. Our activities support well-being through healthy meals, physical activity in the gym and creative expression in the art room,” Leftwich said.
All Club programs are focused on five key outcomes:
- Providing a safe and positive environment — both physical and emotional security.
- FUN! We want members to enjoy time at Club and look forward to coming back.
- Creating supportive relationships — members are connected to one or more adults and friends.
- Offering opportunities and setting expectations — clear expectations with the chance to be productive and succeed.
- Regular recognition of members’ achievements.