1. What aspect of your program/organization's work makes you most proud and why?
One of the programs at Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston (BGCB) that makes me the most proud is our award-winning Life After The Club (LATC) initiative. Positive relationships are at the core of this innovative approach as all participating teen members are paired with caring staff mentors who provide guidance and help them set goals for their futures and develop plans to achieve them. With their plans in place, participants take part in Club programs that focus on a range of skills for adult life, including financial literacy, career planning, writing resumes, job seeking, taking care of one’s health, planning for college, applying for financial aid, learning to drive, voting, and more. Since the program’s inception in 2009, more than 1400 teens have left our Clubs prepared for the future.
2. Why did you choose to join the Peer Performance Exchange?
Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston joined the Peer Performance Exchange in order to continually improve the career development programming that we offer to our members and help us better communicate the impact that we are having on the youth to our funders. We look forward to identifying areas of improvement as identified by Root Cause and the research performed by Social Impact Research Analysts and learning best practices from other organizations with similar goals. In the end, we will be able to more effectively and efficiently impact the youth in the program.
3. What's the key thing your organization is focused on today to improve the outcomes for the young people you serve?
A major focus of Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston is preparing our teen members for the workforce and one of the ways that we accomplish that is by hiring our members to work as Junior Staff. The Junior Staff receive training and are mentored to develop interpersonal skills, work ethic and a sense of community responsibility. For many, this is their first job, and we hope that it will serve as a positive introduction to the work force and a way for them to ea