Who We Are
Since 1965, Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Louisiana has been a leading afterschool and summer learning provider in the greater New Orleans metropolitan area. Boys & Girls Clubs believe that every child deserves a great future. Our mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens.
Our vision is to provide a world-class Club Experience that assures success is within reach of every young person who walks through our doors, with all Club members on track to graduate from high school with a plan for the future, demonstrating good character and citizenship, and living a healthy lifestyle.
Boys & Girls Clubs are committed to providing all youth with:
A safe place to learn and grow
Ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals
Life-enhancing programs and character development experiences
Hope and opportunity
Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Louisiana purposefully directs resources to support efforts that will create high-quality after school and summer programming, in a safe and healthy environment, with positive role models. All of our programs have youth achievement goals with demonstrated outcomes that ensure our youth have the knowledge, skills and integrity to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens.
Our programs focus on three outcome areas:
Good Character and Citizenship
Be an engaged citizen involved in the community, register to vote and model strong character
According to a report done by the Afterschool Alliance each year’s class of high school dropouts will cost the country more than $200 billion in lost earnings and unrealized tax revenue over the course of their lives. These high school dropouts earn 24 percent less money during their lifetimes than high school graduates do. One of the leading causes of dropping out of high school, teen motherhood, costs an estimated $8 billion annually due to greater welfare expenditures and lost tax revenue.
It’s not just the taxpayers subsidizing the costs incurred as a result of students’ struggles such as remedial education, absenteeism, grade repetition, dropping out, drug use, and teen pregnancy. Afterschool Alliance reports that American businesses spend a collective $60 billion each year on training, much of which is remedial reading, writing, and math.
Other issues come into play here as well. Obesity rates have increased, and youth from low-income communities are at an even higher risk. In fact, Afterschool Alliance reports that annual obesity-attributable medical expenditures in the U.S. were estimated to be $75 billion, half of which were financed by Medicare and Medicaid. They also report CDC statistics stating that 61.5 percent of children ages 9-13 do not participate in any organized physical activity outside of school hours, and that 22.6 percent do not engage in any type of physical activity during free time.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Louisiana provide afterschool and summer programs focused on helping young people—especially those most in need of these programs—succeed academically, develop and maintain healthy lifestyles, and become productive and engaged citizens. Utilizing evidence-based programs, we measure the impact our work has on the youth we serve and are having a real impact. These programs work and verify an important claim that the Afterschool Alliance makes.
“Afterschool programs address these risky and expensive (for society) behaviors in two ways. First, afterschool programs simply keep youth busy during the hours they are most likely to get into trouble. Second, afterschool programs provide young people with access to caring adults who provide the support they need to succeed, whether it’s homework help or learning how to say no to drugs. As a result, children and youth who regularly attend quality afterschool programs have better grades and conduct in school, are more likely to graduate, and have lower incidences of drug-use, violence, and pregnancy.”
Through programs that address preventative behaviors when it comes to issues like drugs and abstinence, the Boys & Girls Club movement sponsors a number of programs geared toward proactive approaches towards positive lifestyles. Even something as simple as providing a healthy snack every day for our club members helps them develop healthy eating habits. With daily homework help, physical activity, and other programs, we are able to help these young people towards positive living.
In a report done by Fight Crime: Invest in Kids they claim that “for each high-risk youth prevented from adopting a life of crime, experts estimate the country saves between $1.7 and $2.3 million.”
Consider some of these costs for a moment. According to a report done by the Justice Policy Institute, juvenile residential facilities in Louisiana cost $280 per day per youth - with a total cost of over $102,200 per year. That is more than the cost of four years of college, including tuition, fees, housing, meals and books, at Louisiana State University.
Compare this to Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Louisiana. Annually, the cost of our programs and services for one child is approximately $3,800. That is less than $10 per day per child.
In the past year, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Louisiana have served 1,400 young people. We know that our programs work, and we are helping children towards bright possibilities for their lives. With programs that help these young people to do well in school, understand and maintain healthy lifestyles, and become invested citizens in the community, the Boys & Girls Clubs impact lives in highly positive ways.