BGCGW: A Long-lasting Impact
A survey conducted by Harris Interactive, alumni reported that Boys & Girls Club continue to have both an immediate and long-lasting impact on their lives. Key findings:
• Up 5% from 1999, 57% of alumni said the Club saved their life.
• 85% of alumni say the Club taught me right from wrong.
• 67% of alumni say the Club kept me out of trouble with the law.
• Overall, 91% are satisfied with their adult life.
• 61% of alumni became more committed to their education because of Boys & Girls Clubs.
• 28% of alumni would have dropped out of high school if not for Boys & Girls Clubs.
• Nationally, 16% of all students do not go on to graduate from high school, while only 8% of Boys & Girls Club alumni did not finish.
• Nationally, 21% of African American males do not go on to graduate from high school, while only 2% of Boys & Girls Club African American males did not finish.
• Overall, 26% of Boys & Girls Clubs alumni earned a 4-year college degree. This rate is equal to the national benchmark, a remarkable achievement since many Club members come from disadvantaged circumstances.
• 34% of African American Boys & Girls Club male alumni earned a 4-year college degree, compared to the national rate of 16%.
• Overall, Boys & Girls Club alumni mirror the national average for high school graduation and college achievement. Again, this is notable considering the disadvantages circumstances of many Club members.
• 51% achieved a higher level of education than they thought possible.