OUR IMPACT
 
The reason why the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Gaston exists is because there is deep community need for one. Youth in Gaston County need us! They need a safe, affordable and comfortable place to go, and they need an environment where they can just be themselves. 

At the Boys & Girls Club, we are passionate about providing youth with true leaders and role models to look up to, as well as dependable staff for youth to connect with. Each and everyday, the Club sees parents struggling just to get by. We see first hand the burdens that affect a large percentage of families: 
  
"How am I going to feed my children tonight?"
"Where am I going to get the money to buy my kids new winter coats?"
"What will I tell my children about gifts at Christmas time?"
 
These are real struggles. These are the struggles that make parents feel overwhelmed, hopeless and panicked. 

One of the biggest misconceptions about people with financial problems is that they put themselves in these conditions. This is untrue! Most parents who have children attending the Club work full time and also have part time jobs. However, with minimum wage being so low, this only gives them enough to scrape by. This is why the Boys & Girls Club exists, because after school, when parents are working hard to provide their children with a better life, we are here to provide them with a safe and supervised place to go:
  • We are here to teach children health and life skills that they may not learn elsewhere. 
  • We are here to put shoes on a child, when their parents don’t have the economic means to do so. 
  • We are here to help feed children. 
  • We are here to help children with their homework and provide them with the educational boost to feel confident with their peers. 
  • We are here to help ease the anxieties parents feel everyday! 
  • We are here to boost self-esteem and show each child that they are special, and they are worth something!
  
2016 Membership
945 Registered Members
600 Youth in Outreach Programs
296 Average Daily Attendance (School Year)
307 Average Daily Attendance (Summer)
Gender of Members
Male 52%
Female 48%

 

Member Ethnicity
African American 67%
Caucasian 17%
Latino 8%
Other 8%
  
 1,545
TOTAL YOUTH SERVED
IN 2016
 
  
 
Families Served
93% of members eligible  for free or reduced lunch
75% of members living in  single-parent households
 
 
 
Schools Served
12 Elementary Schools
5 Middle Schools
3 High Schools


Program Statistics
100% Graduation Rate
93% grade progression
86% (B) average GPA
0 Teen Pregnancies
5% Gang/Juvenile Crime Rate