Boys & Girls Clubs of the Western Reserve (BGCWR) operates in the Greater Akron area of Ohio. In 2016 we served 867 youth at our three primary Club houses and at outreach centers.
Demographic Data: BGCWR serves predominantly African-American kids with 83% of our membership coming from that ethnic background. The second largest group is Caucasian at 6%, followed by 4% undisclosed heritage and 3% of members stating they represent two or more races.
A majority of Club members come from single income, female led households. 80% of our members live in households earning less than $30,000 annually.
Programs & Outcomes: BGCWR utilizes evidence based programs that are developed, tested and measured through our national affiliation with Boys & Girls Clubs of America. “Fun with a purpose” is infused into all programming to encourage Club members to achieve success.
Club experiences fit into the three priority areas of increasing Academic Success, instilling Good Character & Leadership, and enhancing Healthy Lifestyles to encourage our youth to become productive, responsible and caring citizens.
Our Healthy Lifestyles programming goes beyond emphasizing nutritional food choices and encouraging physical activity at least three times a week. BGCWR embraces developing the whole health of each child and arms our members with tools for combating bullying, education on avoiding risky behaviors, and encourages them to lead active lifestyles. These activities build self-esteem, as well as a desire to participate in making good choices. In 2016, 77% of members increased their positive attitude towards leading a healthy lifestyle.
Members are encouraged to be leaders in the Clubs and in the community. This past summer teen Members raised money for a senior citizen group that shares space with them by hosting a car wash. BGCWR also encourages service to the Clubs; junior staff can engage in Torch Club & Keystone Club where they are offered opportunities to guide peers in the Club experience. The Youth of the Year is a leadership and recognition program that nurtures leadership skills and celebrates the success of student accomplishments. All of these components fall under the Good Character & Leadership outcome area.
Boys & Girls Clubs are most often recognized for reinforcing Academic Success in partnership with area schools. High-yield learning activities, including leisure reading, writing, homework help, tutoring, and games that develop and enhance the cognitive skills of our young people helps to prepare them for success in school and with future career options. BGCWR’s goal is to help members graduate on time, prepared for college or career options.
BGCWR’s mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens.
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Western Reserve – Summer Enrichment Opportunities with Keep on Playing
Marnie Schneider, Keep on Playing, invited world renowned sports trainer and public speaker, Tim Grover, to join her at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Western Reserve (BGCWR). Our Club kids learned a bit about what it takes to motivate people for a career (Michael Jordan credits Mr. Grover for helping him obtain his 5 NBA championships) and what it took for him personally to achieve success.
Boys & Girls Club Members attend Akron RubberDucks Game Summer 2017 Sponsorship Provided by Keep on Playing