Developing Globally Competitive Graduates 

Programs that focus on Academic Enrichment and Success are designed to ensure that all Club Members graduate from high school on time and are ready for a post-secondary education or a 21st-century career.

Helping Young People Make Good Decisions 

Health & Wellness programs develop young people’s capacity to engage in positive behaviors to nurture their well-being, set personal goals and grow into self-sufficient adults.

Developing 21st Century Leaders  

Programs that focus on Character & Leadership help youth become responsible, caring citizens and acquire skills to participate the democratic process. Club Members also develop leadership skills and gain opportunities for planning, decision-making, and contributing to their Club and community.

Building Job Skills & Career Paths: From First Job to Dream Job 

Boys & Girls Clubs’ unique approach to workforce readiness prepares youth for success in their first jobs and helps them develop a plan to achieve their chosen careers.

Community Issue

What is the Learning Gap? It is the difference between the academic progress that a student has made and the expected academic level that a student should have achieved by a certain age/grade. Similar to the Achievement Gap, which reflects the disparity in academic performance, and the Opportunity Gap, which refers to the ways in which race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and other factors contribute to academic limitations, the Learning Gap shows that, if left unaddressed, it will compound over time and become more severe and pronounced, which can increase the chances that a student will struggle academically and socially or drop out of school.

Did You Know?

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    6,000
    By the age of 12, youth born into poverty are likely to suffer a 6,000-hour learning gap in comparison to their middle-class peers.
  • 90% of youth living in poverty are less likely to graduate from High School.
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    $300,000
    High school drop outs earn about $300,000 less over their lifetime
  • High school drop outs are 63X more likely to be incarcerated.
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Food Insecurity

On any given day, chances are that you have crossed paths with someone suffering from food insecurity. And the problem isn’t limited to homelessness. Often times, these people look, dress and act just like us – only they don’t have access to regular meals. In fact, the majority of those that struggle to find adequate food are working adults, children and the elderly.

Did You Know?

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    700,000
    More than 700,000 people are food insecure in Tampa Bay.
  • 25% of children are food insecure in Tampa Bay.
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    15%
    16% (204,240) of the population in Hillsborough County and 15% (68,790) of the population in Pasco County are food insecure.
  • Florida is fourth in the nation for family hunger.
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Youth, Juvenile Delinquency & Economic Impact

Did You Know?

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    $30,000
    It costs nearly $30,000 to house youth in the Juvenile Justice System.
  • The economic loss to the community (tax payers) for high school drop outs is nearly $300,000.
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    19%
    19% of juvenile violent crimes occur between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on school days.
  • Since 2009, more than 14,000 children, some as young as 10, have been prosecuted in Florida.
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