Who We Are:
BGCMP serves more than 12,000 children and youth annually through after-school and summer programs at 12 branches in Phoenix and the West Valley, outreach programs in schools and juvenile detention facilities and a full-service Dental Clinic. We provide children with a positive place to go, results-oriented programming and a professional staff to guide them. Our after-school programs run from 2:30 until 8PM and our summer programs from 7AM until 6PM, Monday through Friday, with extended hours for teens at eight branches with Teen Centers. As a charter member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), our organization has access to programs of demonstrated effectiveness, professionally designed materials and curricula, staff training, and process and program evaluations. To meet the needs of our diverse membership, we offer programming geared to four key developmental outcomes: 1) Fun with a Purpose; 2) Academic Success; 3) Good Character and Citizenship; 4) Healthy Lifestyles. Recent Accomplishments - For the second consecutive year, BGCMP received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator (only 20% of charities have received two consecutive 4-star ratings), an indication that our organization consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way and outperforms most other charities in America. - Since 2008, we have increased the number of club members served by 28% (from 7,745 to 10,346). Despite the economic downturn and a significantly reduced operating budget, BGCMP has kept all 12 or our clubs open and fully operational. - Our branches served 166,556 hot, nutritious meals at no additional cost during 2010, an increase of 4% compared to the previous year.
What we do:
In its 2010 report, the Arizona Youth Risk Behavior Survey noted disturbingly high rates of overweight and obesity, particularly among young, low-income children of minority backgrounds. Indeed, 32.6% of low-income Hispanic youth and 38.2% of low-income Native American youth were overweight or obese. BGCMP is working to address this health issue that disproportionately affects low-income minority youth in our community in a number of crucial ways. Since our first club was established in Phoenix, BGCMP has been known as a safe place where youth could have fun and be active. Expanding on this legacy and following the guidelines of the Arizona Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, BGCMP provides affordable out-of-school programs that promote physical activity through a variety of engaging activities and include a healthy daily meal and involves parents in obesity prevention efforts. The cornerstone of our efforts is the Triple Play/Healthy Habits Program, which is offered throughout the year at all 12 BGCMP clubs. BGCMP’s Triple Play/Healthy Habits Program is an excellent fit with Aetna’s focus on obesity prevention because it promotes healthy eating, fitness and positive relationships for children and youth. And, because the majority of BGCMP club members are from low-income minority groups most at risk of overweight and obesity, we are helping to address the disparity in health care affecting minority youth. Our Triple Play/Healthy Habits Program serves 600 youth aged 6 – 12 annually. The Program incorporates all the elements of successful obesity prevention programs – fun, physical fitness, social skills and nutrition information. More than just a prevention program, Triple Play/Healthy Habits helps youth build a solid foundation for the rest of their lives by developing an understanding of proper nutrition and healthy eating habits and instilling a love of physical fitness. The Program includes Daily Fitness Challenges (relay races, jump rope, tam sports, etc.) and “Food Basics” activities such as healthy food choice instructions, basic recipe review, and smart snacking. Youth also hone teamwork and critical thinking skills and participate in community service projects while building positive relationships with youth and adults in the safe, nurturing environment of the clubs. All BGCMP clubs “walk the walk” as well as “talk the talk” when it comes to obesity prevention. We reinforce our message about healthy eating and daily physical activity in every way: 1) Soda and candy were from our vending machines replaced with water and healthy snacks. 2) A hot, nutritious meal that meets USDA requirements is served daily at no additional cost to all youth in attendance. 3) During our afterschool and summer programs, all youth aged 6 – 12 “rotate” in small groups through the gym and outdoor area for active play sessions. 4) During Family Nights, we engage parents in fun physical activities for families to do together. 5) Our SMART Girls and Passport to Manhood Conferences always include workshops on cooking healthy meals, and dance and fitness activities. Clearly, BGCMP has made an organization-wide commitment to preventing obesity among high-risk youth.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix (BGCMP) began operations in Phoenix in 1946 as the “Boys Club” with a single clubhouse that primarily offered sports and games room activities. In the decades that followed, BGCMP responded to the area’s growing population and need for comprehensive youth development programs for boys and girls. Today, we operate 12 clubhouses in Phoenix and surrounding communities, outreach programs in schools and juvenile detention facilities and a children’s Dental Clinic. Our clubs are open Monday through Friday from 2:30 – 8PM during the school year and 7AM until 6PM during the summer. This year we will provide programs and services for some 11,000 youth aged 6 – 18; our membership fees are kept very low ($30 per year) so that no child is turned away for financial reasons. 85% of our youth are members of minority groups (18% are African-American, 52% are Hispanic, 15% are other or multi-ethnic). All the youth we serve are from low- to moderate-income families; 49% are from families living at or below the federal poverty level ($22,350 for a family of four). BGCMP is committed to diversity in employment, outreach and volunteer services. We are an equal opportunity employer and strive for a staff that reflects diversity. All BGCMP youth development professionals as part of their daily work with children make an effort to create an inclusive environment that values and celebrates diversity.