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Organization DBA Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

Mission StatementMORE »

The mission of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell is "To inspire and enable young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens through dedicated staff and innovative programs, provided in a safe environment."

Mission Statement

The mission of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell is "To inspire and enable young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens through dedicated staff and innovative programs, provided in a safe environment."

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2016 to Dec 31, 2016
Projected Income $1,615,600.00
Projected Expense $1,615,600.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Nutrition Program

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

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Overview

Mission Statement

The mission of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell is "To inspire and enable young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens through dedicated staff and innovative programs, provided in a safe environment."

Background Statement

We provide a safe and fun learning environment afterschool and summers. We have 2,282 boys and girls ages 7 - 18 enrolled as members with an average of 263 members attending our afterschool program and 321 boys and girls attending our summer program each day. As we serve a very low-income population, we purposely keep membership fees low (only $30 per school year and $30/week per summer). Members receive homework help, a free, nutritious meal each day, and participate in programs from our three Impact Areas:
  • Academic Success– We want youth to graduate from high school ready for college, trade school, military, or employment. We provide homework help, and offer programs in technology, art, music, and job readiness.
  • Healthy Lifestyles– We want each youth to adopt a healthy diet, practice healthy lifestyle choices and make a lifelong commitment to fitness, so we provide sports and recreational programs to keep them active, and we help them learn to make smart decisions about alcohol and drug use and personal relationships.
  • Good Character & CitizenshipWe want youth to become engaged citizens, involved in the community, registered voters, and to model strong character, so we provide opportunities for youth to join leadership groups and volunteer at neighborhood cleanups, educational forums, and advocacy programs. 

Impact Statement

Accomplishments of the Past Year

Nutrition Program

Many families in our community struggle to put nutritious food on the table for their children. In response to this need, in 2012 we expanded our afterschool nutrition program from serving snacks to providing complete dinners. In 2015, we increased the total number of fresh, healthy meals served from 49,824 to 51,313.

“Sally’s food is really good and really healthy. It is probably the best meal that I eat all day.” – Karolina, age 11

STEM Programming

Our Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) programs serve more than 150 youth monthly. These small group, age-appropriate programs include model bridge building, LEGO MegaMinds challenges, computer-aided fashion design, aviation, and Hour of Code. Youth have also watched, discussed, and wrote about documentaries on topics such as plastic waste and the Cosmos. They also participate in educational websites, such as Khan Academy and CoolMath.

Teen Programs

In 2015, our Teen Membership increased by 225 for a total of 1,125 registered teen members. Teen specific programming includes Diplomas to Degrees (d2D), our career exploration and college preparation program, Leadership and Service groups and a new Teen Internship program. These programs have provided Club members with critical experience to fill their resumes with as they look for part-time jobs. Our teen programs fill much needed services that the teen population in our community needs, while offering an alternative to ‘hanging out’ on the streets, as are Club open later most weeknights for teens.

Goals for the Coming Year

The goals of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell are to ensure that our members succeed in three main program areas:

Academic Success: to prepare youth to graduate from high school with a plan for employment, post-secondary education or military service

Good Character & Citizenship: to help youth to be engaged citizens who are involved with the community and demonstrate good character

Healthy Lifestyles: to help youth to adopt a healthy diet, practice healthy lifestyle choices and make a lifelong commitment to fitness

The objectives of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell are to provide supervised programs in a safe, supportive environment in our three main program areas:

Academic Success

  • To provide homework assistance, tutoring and study skills training so our members are successful in school
  • To create a passion for learning by providing diverse hands on learning opportunities particularly in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
  • To provide educational programs during the summer months to stem learning loss and ensure that our members do not fall behind their peers
  • To provide opportunities for our members to express themselves creatively through music, dance and the arts
  • To inform our members of educational opportunities, career options, job skills and employment opportunities

Good Character & Citizenship

  • To provide opportunities for our members to engage in the community through volunteer service
  • To provide opportunities for our members to take leadership roles and express themselves at local, regional and national events
  • To enhance social skills and reinforce positive behaviors

Healthy Lifestyles

  • To provide our members with sports and fitness activities on a daily basis
  • To help our members develop positive life skills, maintain positive, healthy relationships with adults and peers and avoid risky behaviors
  • To provide fresh, healthy meals and nutrition education

Needs Statement

Needs Statement

Youth Services Director - The purpose of adding this position to our full-time staff is to prevent serious mental and/or behavioral crises from occurring among low-income, ethnically diverse, at-risk youth, ages 7 to 18, in Lowell. Our objectives are: 1) increase access to quality mental and/or behavioral health services that support this vulnerable group; 2) reduce stigma of seeking help for youth mental and/or behavioral issues; and 3) increase the capacity of our Boys & Girls Club youth development staff to identify mental and/or behavioral issues in youth and establish unified approaches for helping youth currently under case management. Our strategy is to integrate a full-time Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW) as Youth Service Director at our Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell. The Youth Service Director (LCSW) will receive the required supervision from a contracted Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW). The annual cost of adding a Youth Service Director to our program is $69,564.

Nutrition Program– Many of the families we serve struggle to put fresh, healthy food on the table for their children. We provide our members with nutritious dinners made by our professional chef for our afterschool program, and breakfast and lunch during the summer months. The annual cost of this program is $222,000.

Power Hour Homework Help–Power Hour provides youth with the opportunity to achieve academic success. Power Hour is our daily homework help program that annually serves 325 mostly low-income youth, ages 7-18. From September to June, Power Hour meets from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday, for ages 7 to 12. Teens ages 13-18 meet for Power Hour Monday through Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. Youth are assisted by Boys & Girls Club staff and volunteers, including students from nearby University of Massachusetts Lowell and Middlesex Community College. The annual budget for Power Hour is $128,000.


CEO Statement

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Board Chair Statement

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Geographic Area Served

NORTHEAST REGION, MA
The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell is located in the Lower Highlands neighborhood of Lowell, Massachusetts and serves boys and girls ages 7 - 18 from the City of Lowell and surrounding communities.

Organization Categories

  1. Youth Development - Boys and Girls Clubs (Combined)
  2. Youth Development - Youth Development Programs
  3. Food, Agriculture & Nutrition - Food Programs

Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)

Yes

Programs

Nutrition Program

Since many youth at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell do not go home to an evening dinner, we offer a free meal afterschool each day for all youthOur goal for 2015 is to increase that by 5% while creating a canning program to provide more fresh, local produce during the winter months. , ages 7-18. During the summer months, we provide free breakfast and lunch

Our full time Nutrition Director/Chef creates fresh, healthy, nutritious meals that kids find appealing, and in 2015, we served 51,313 fresh, healthy meals. 

We receive partial reimbursement for each meal served from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Child and Adult Food Care Program, but we have an annual funding gap of approximately $80,000 between our total expenses for the Nutrition Program and this reimbursement. We rely on funding from individual donors, small businesses and private foundations to fill this gap.
Budget  $221,666.00
Category  Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Meal Distribution
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) Adolescents Only (13-19 years) At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success  We are increasing our capacity to serve more meals to more children. Our goal for 2015 is to serve 502,315 meals.
Program Long-Term Success 

Our long-term goal is that all of our members will try and enjoy new foods such as vegetables and whole grains leading to a life-time commitment to healthy eating.

Program Success Monitored By  Number of meals served. Satisfaction surveys filled out by Club members and parents.
Examples of Program Success  Quote from a parent:

"My husband and I don’t have to worry where they are because they are always at the Club. The Club gives my children guidance and staff members like Alycia and Chelsi have really supported them. Kailynn and Cameron get their homework done and eat dinner at the Club which helps me out a lot. I appreciate that the Club is affordable{only $26 per child for the entire school year}because we can’t afford other afterschool programs."


CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell is achieving our mission of serving those who need us most. We have multiple examples of youth from single parent and impoverished situations who with help from the Club have broken the cycle of poverty and are attending college. One example is our 2012 Youth of theYear Nana Frimpong who is now studying chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania. 

 

Members attend the Boys & Girls Club because it is safe, fun and their friends are there. The power of the Club is the supportive relationships developed between our staff and our members. It is these relationships that provide our kids with the hope and opportunity to overcome obstacles, broaden their horizons and gain skills and experiences so they can leave the Club prepared for a successful future. 

Management


CEO/Executive Director Mr. Joseph C. Hungler
CEO Term Start Nov 2010
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience
Joseph C. Hungler, Executive Director
 

A Boys & Girls Club alumnus, Joe was hired as Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell in 2010 after having served in leadership positions for more than 20 years at Boys & Girls Clubs in Manchester and Nashua, New Hampshire and  Waltham and Worcester, Massachusetts. Under his tenure here, the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell has expanded hours for teens to five days per week until 8 p.m., instituted a nutritious meals program that now serves more than 49,800 fresh, healthy meals annually, expanded and reinvigorated educational and leadership programming and began a music program in partnership with the Music & Youth Initiative of Boston. The full time staff has grown from 7 to 12 professionals and the Club has expanded community partnerships with the Lowell Police Department, UMass Lowell and others that provide the equivalent of three full time positions and more than 15 part time positions that are paid for by other organizations. The Club has also made improvements to the facility including replacing the majority of the roof, refinishing the gym floor, installing energy efficient lighting and creating a Music Clubhouse. Joe is a respected leader in the community, serving on the Lowell Youth Development Collaborative, Lower Highlands Neighborhood Group Steering Committee, the Greater Lowell Health Alliance’s Healthy Eating and Living Task Force and with the Cultural Organization of Lowell as both a member of the Board and chair of the finance committee. 

Joe holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from the University of Vermont and a Master’s degree in human resource development from Clemson University. He earned an Advanced Leadership Program certificate from the Michigan Ross School of Business, Boys & Girls Club School of Executive Leadership and the Management Advanced Leadership Certificate Program at the Clemson University Boys & Girls Club Leadership Institute. He completed the Lowell Plan’s Public Matters program whose purpose is to “foster and enhance the knowledge and skills of leaders in Lowell.”

Joe also serves as a National Training Associate for Boys & Girls Clubs of America. He is a three-time recipient of Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Honor Award for Program Excellence, was named Professional of the Year and Program Professional of the Year by the Yankee Chapter of the Association of Boys & Girls Club Professionals, earned the President’s Call to Service Award by the Corporation for National and Community Service and was recognized as one of the Worcester Business Journal’s 40 Under Forty. 

 
 
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Mr. JuanCarlos Rivera Director of Operations  

JuanCarlos Rivera - Director of Operations

 

With sixteen years of youth development experience, JuanCarlos has dedicated himself to strengthening his community and the youth within it. His involvement has included peer leadership, youth organizing for Coalition for a Better Acre, program coordinating for the YWCA Tobacco Prevention Program, gang prevention and intervention as a street outreach worker and one of the founding members of the United Teen Equality Center (UTEC) where he was Director of Operations for nine years. UTEC recognized JuanCarlos with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007.  

 

JuanCarlos has served or is currently serving on the following community boards: Enterprise Community Advisory Board, CDBG Advisory Board, City of Lowell Gang Advisory Board, City of Lowell End Homeless Advisory Board, GLWIB Youth Advisory, A.M.S.I Foundation Board.

 

JuanCarlos is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. He earned a Bachelor of Arts & Science degree with concentrations in Psychology and Legal Studies. Of Puerto Rican descent, JuanCarlos is a native speaker of Spanish. 

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
Best You Tube Video Award Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce 2011
Northeast Region Digital Arts Award - Movie Tech - club member Anthony Phayso Boys & Girls Clubs of America 2011

Affiliations

Affiliation Year
AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals) 2010
Boys and Girls Clubs of America 1906
Member of state association of nonprofits? No
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

The quality and dedication of our staff and leadership team are what makes a difference in the lives of the children and youth we serve. In 2014, external trainings we invested in included the BEST Institute's Youth Work Supervisor training for 3 of our staff, Mental Health First Aid Train the Trainer and sending two senior leaders to Boys & Girls Club's of America's Northeast Leadership Conference. We also dedicate at least 100 hours annually to internal staff development including sexual abuse prevention, mandated reporter, first aid/CPR/AED, safety and crisis management, youth development principals and program specific trainings.

Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 13
Number of Part Time Staff 12
Number of Volunteers 150
Number of Contract Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % 83%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 4
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 3
Caucasian: 10
Hispanic/Latino: 7
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 10
Male: 14
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 4
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
State Registration --

Risk Management Provisions

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Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually

Governance


Board Chair Mr. Brian Chapman
Board Chair Company Affiliation Mill City Environmental
Board Chair Term May 2015 - May 2017
Board Co-Chair Ms. Justine DeFronzo
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation Emerson Hospital
Board Co-Chair Term May 2015 - May 2017

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Ms. Colleen Brady UMass Lowell Voting
Mr. Martin Burke Priority Appraisals Voting
Ms. Emily Byrne University of Massachusetts Lowell Voting
Mr. Brian Chapman Mill City Environmental Voting
Mr. J. Matthew Coggins Enterprise Bank Voting
Mr. Thomas Conaton Eastern Bank Voting
Ms. Justine Defronzo Heywood Hospital Voting
Mr. Lewis Demetroulakos Retired Voting
Ms. Susan M. Dufresne Demoulas Super Markets, Inc. Voting
Mr. Anthony Faletra Klin Spirits Voting
Mr. John Gallant Gallant & Ervin, LLC Voting
Dr. Mark Gilchrist Dr. Mark Gilchrist Voting
Ms. Meridith Gregory-Gallant The Law Offices of Meridith Gregory-Gallant, LLC Voting
Mr. John Haley Watermark Voting
Mr. Tom Hammond NMTW Community Credit Union Voting
Mr. Joseph C. Hungler Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell Exofficio
Mr. Jeffrey Lambert Lowell Masonic Lodge Exofficio
Ms. Joyce Leger Lantheus Medical Imaging Voting
Mr. Larry Machado Northrop Grumman Voting
Mr. Craig MacKenzie Lowell Five Cents Savings Bank Voting
Mr. Steve Mallette New England Medical Insurance Voting
Ms. Pam McCafferty Fitchburg State University Voting
Ms. Kristyn McKenna The Law Office of Kristyn Snyer McKenna Voting
Ms. Carrie Meikle Community Volunteer Voting
Mr. Elkin Montoya Lowell Cooperative Bank Voting
Mr. Richard Murray UPS Voting
Mr. Steven Normandin AMD Telemedicine Voting
Mr. Scott Plath Cobblestones Restaurant Voting
Captain Kelly Richardson Lowell Police Department Voting
Mr. Vladimir Saldana Enterprise Bank Voting
Mr. John Schwab Liquid Molding Systems Voting
Mr. Brian Sousa Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union Voting
Mr. Pat Theodoros United Restaurant Equipment Company Voting
Ms. Elaine Zouzas Thibault Thibault Foundation Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mr. George Behrakis Gainesborough Investments Voting
Mr. J. Matthew Coggins Enterprise Bank Voting
Mr. Kevin Coughlin Community Volunteer Voting
Ms. Susan M. Dufresne Demoulas Supermarkets, Inc. Voting
Dr. Mark Gilchrist Dr. Mark Gilchrist Exofficio
Mr. Raymond Hamel Hamel + McAlister Voting
Mr. Arthur G. Koumantzelis -- Voting
Mr. Jeffrey Lambert Community Volunteer Voting
Mr. Michael Reilly Fred C. Church, Inc. Voting
Mr. Andrew Zaroulis Law Offices of Andrew Zaroulis Voting
Ms. Elaine Zouzas Thibault Thibault Foundation Voting

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 29
Hispanic/Latino: 2
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 10
Male: 24
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 97%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 75%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees

  • Board Governance
  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Finance

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Our Board of Directors is made up of a committed group of Greater Lowell leaders who serve as strong advocates for the Club in the community. 

Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2016 to Dec 31, 2016
Projected Income $1,615,600.00
Projected Expense $1,615,600.00
Form 990s

2015 990

2014 990

2013 990

2012 990

2011 990

2010 990

2009 990

2008 990

Audit Documents

2015 Audit

2014 Audit

2013 Audit

2012 Audit

2011 Audit

2010 Audit

2009 Audit

2008 Audit

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Revenue $1,601,500 $1,641,804 $1,451,207
Total Expenses $1,577,005 $1,596,477 $1,429,847

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$831,388 $811,978 $666,476
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $210,627 $221,944 $194,920
Indirect Public Support $49,396 $60,573 $60,519
Earned Revenue $51,867 $60,962 $56,827
Investment Income, Net of Losses $16,418 $72,666 $63,083
Membership Dues $57,273 $46,209 $51,386
Special Events $371,379 $358,262 $355,047
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other $13,152 $9,210 $2,949

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Program Expense $1,099,809 $1,099,692 $884,689
Administration Expense $238,140 $258,916 $305,542
Fundraising Expense $239,056 $237,869 $239,616
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.02 1.03 1.01
Program Expense/Total Expenses 70% 69% 62%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 16% 16% 19%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Assets $1,642,326 $1,675,722 $1,671,927
Current Assets $165,251 $175,678 $170,601
Long-Term Liabilities -- -- $0
Current Liabilities $264,338 $290,728 $287,336
Total Net Assets $1,377,988 $1,384,994 $1,384,591

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
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2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
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3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value $491,663.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage(If selected) 5.0%
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund No
How many months does reserve cover? --

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 0.63 0.60 0.59

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

The addition of a full-time Development Director in 2011 and the commitment of our Board of Directors, Board of Trustees and volunteers allowed the Club to finish the year in a positive financial position for the last two years. We continue to build relationships with our donors so that we can expand resources and make a deeper impact on the youth we serve.

Foundation Comments

The summary financial data in the charts and graphs above is per the organization's Audited Financials.

Impact

The Impact tab is a section on the Giving Common added in October 2013; as such the majority of nonprofits have not yet had the chance to complete this voluntary section. The purpose of the Impact section is to ask five deceptively simple questions that require reflection and promote communication about what really matters – results. The goal is to encourage strategic thinking about how a nonprofit will achieve its goals. The following Impact questions are being completed by nonprofits slowly, thoughtfully and at the right time for their respective organizations to ensure the most accurate information possible.


1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

 

Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell programs focus on three priority areas for youth ages 7 to 18:

  1. Academic Success

  2. Good Character & Citizenship

  3. Healthy Lifestyles

Our goal is that each and every member of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell will achieve the following outcomes before they leave the Club at age 18:

  1. Academic Success – Graduate from high school on time and prepared for college, trade school, military service or employment.

  2. Good Character & Citizenship – Be an engaged citizen who models strong character and is involved in the community.

  3. Healthy Lifestyles – Adopt a healthy diet, practice healthy lifestyle choices and make a lifelong commitment to fitness.


2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

 

Our strategy is first to recruit the young people who need us most in our community to register as Boys & Girls Club members. Our school year membership fee is kept affordable at $30 and our summer program is only $30 per week. We also provide scholarships to families in need because our policy is to never turn a child away from our services due to an inability to pay. Free transportation is available to the Club from most public schools and we provide free bus transportation home in the evening to a low-income neighborhood that is beyond walking distance.

 

One of our most powerful recruitment tools is that members choose to come to the Club every day because it is fun, one of our core values. Members have the freedom to choose which programs to engage in and are provided with frequent opportunities to have input on programming and issues facing the Club. This engagement and sense of ownership promotes the long-term retention of our members.

 

We provide our members with a safe, positive environment and highly trained professional staff and volunteers. These positive adult role models offer support, build trusting relationships and encourage members to engage in different activities and programs that meet their needs and interests in our three priority areas:

Academic Success

  • homework help and tutoring

  • financial literacy

  • career programs

  • art, music, dance and technology programs

 

 

 

Good Character & Citizenship

  • leadership groups

  • community service and volunteer opportunities

  • advocacy programs

  • cultural events

Healthy Lifestyles

  • healthy meals program

  • nutrition education

  • sports and fitness programs

  • prevention programs

 

Through these relationships, programs and experiences, our members realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. 

3. What are your organization’s capabilities for doing this?

 

The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell was established in 1900 and today is the leading youth development organization in Lowell. We have thirteen full-time staff with more than 80 years of combined experience working with youth. All have earned college degrees and three have graduate degrees. In addition, we have fourteen part-time staff and numerous program volunteers and community partners. Twelve of our staff members speak a second language (Spanish, Khmer and Vietnamese and Polish). Many serve on local and regional boards and committees including the AMSI (Achieving Monumental Strides Independently) Foundation, the Cultural Organization of Lowell, the Greater Lowell Workforce Investment Board’s Youth Council, the Lowell Youth Development Collaborative, the Lower Highlands Neighborhood Group steering committee, Non Profit Alliance, the Northeast New England Area Program Council of Boys & Girls Clubs, the Violence Prevention Committee and the Yankee Chapter of Boys & Girls Club Professionals.

 

The Club invests more than two weeks each year in staff training and provides ongoing coaching and development opportunities throughout the year. We also have established partnerships with other organizations who provide additional staffing who serve as positive adult role models. The Lowell Police Department has assigned a Police Activities League officer to work at the Club on a full-time basis. We have two Commonwealth Corps members who serve full-time helping with educational programs and have part-time support from more than 15 work study/interns from UMass Lowell, Lincoln Technical Institute, the Senior Network and the Career Center of Lowell. 

 

Our 50,000-square foot facility includes a Learning Center, Teen Center, Technology Center, Music Clubhouse, Games Room, Art Room, Gymnasium, Fitness Center, Kitchen and Café, and Dance/ Multipurpose Room.

           

The Club receives technical support from Boys & Girls Clubs of America including program curricula, staff development opportunities, online resources and training. We also leverage collaborations with more than twenty other youth agencies, businesses, neighborhood groups, government agencies and task forces to increase the number of programs, experiences and opportunities available to Club members. 


4. How will your organization know if you are making progress?

 

 

The Club measures success in four different areas. Each area includes survey data from Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA)’s National Youth Outcomes Initiative (NYOI) survey:

  • The Club Experience – In order to ensure that we are serving the youth who need us most frequently enough, we monitor our Average Daily Attendance, Frequency of Attendance, and Member Retention.

  • Academic Success – We measure on-time grade progression, conduct pre-and post-tests and collect survey and focus group information from members and parents.

  • Good Character & Citizenship – We measure community engagement through service hours, youth in leadership roles, and members gaining work experience through internships.

  • Healthy Lifestyles – We track the number healthy meals served, hours of physical activity and the number of youth who earn the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award.

The Club is currently implementing Efforts to Outcomes, a nationally recognized case management software by Social Solutions. ETO will greatly improve case management and guidance of members. For example, staff will be able to quickly look up if Jose has actually been going to homework help as he claims, or if Anna’s misbehavior is an anomaly or a repeat pattern. ETO will make reporting to Boys & Girls Clubs of America, funders, and other stakeholders much more efficient. Our Boys & Girls Club also participates in the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s National Youth Outcomes Initiative, which allows our Club to measure its impact in various outcomes and compare its performance against other Boys & Girls Clubs regionally and nationally.


5. What have and haven’t you accomplished so far?

 

Since 2012, we have made the following progress:

· The Club Experience –We have increased our Average Daily Attendance 18% and our frequency of attendance increased 66%. Our midrange member retention increased 55% while our long term member retention dipped 3%. The number of members reporting an Optimal Club Experience on BGCA’s National Youth Outcome Survey increased 39%. These gains were possible due to the following accomplishments. We have increased the number of full-time staff from 9 to 13, part time staff from 13 to 18 and program volunteers from 41 to 317. We also increased our focus on staff development, bringing in outside experts on youth development, autism, leadership development and adventure education. We expanded hours for teens to 8:00 pm Monday through Friday, added transportation for youth to an underserved neighborhood, created a Music Clubhouse, built a garden, replaced the majority of our roof eliminating leaks, put in new lighting and renovated more than 3,000 square feet of program space. Our partnership with the Lowell Police Department has resulted in a Police Activities League Officer stationed at the Club on a full-time basis.

· Academic Success – In 2016, 96% of our members advanced grade level on time, an increase of 2% over the first year we started tracking in 2014. Additionally, the number of youth who reported not skipping school increased by 15% and the number of youth who expected to go to college increased by 11%.

Our Summer Program has become more structured and geared towards stemming summer learning Loss. Each summer, a daily rotation ensures that each youth spends 15 hours each week in literacy, science, and technology activities such as Bookworm Wednesdays book reports, spelling bees, word puzzles, building solar cars, and learning to stay safe on the internet.

· Good Character & Citizenship -- Club members recorded 5,540 service hours, a 28% increase. There was a more than 50% increase in Club members who volunteered at least weekly and at least monthly. Club members have served in many leadership roles outside the Club including Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Teen Advisory Council and the City of Lowell’s Youth Reaching Out. They have collaborated with other teens in planning events in Lowell such as Dance4Peace, Peace in the Park and regional conferences. Members have been recognized for their efforts including two Greater Lowell Community Foundation Rising Star Awards, a Boys & Girls Clubs of America State Youth of the Year finalist, Lowell Community Health Center teen awards, multiple Presidential Youth Service Awards and our own Youth of the Year and Youth of the Month awards.

· Healthy Lifestyles – We established a nutrition program that served 51,313 fresh healthy meals, a 57% increase. Our members actually eat their vegetables and are learning to enjoy brown rice, whole grains and other healthy foods. A total of 292 youth earned the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award and members recorded 47,520 hours of physical activity which is the first time we have tracked those two numbers. Our teen fitness program and girls fitness program have both been recognized with Program Awards from the Yankee Chapter of Boys & Girls Club Professionals.