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My foundation currently sponsors the Boys and Girls Club in my family's hometown: Bentonville, Arkansas. It is such a privilege to have the amazing opportunity to also now sponsor the Boys and Girls Club of Puerto Rico. Through my sponsorship, the club youth will gain hands on experience to study an actual research bee hive and learn about the importance of pollinators.

What does the Boys and Girls Club Do?

For more than 150 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, 4,300 Clubs serve nearly 4 million young people through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide.

Clubs provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun and friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Club programs promote academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 54 percent said the Club saved their lives.

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Boys and Girls Club of Arkansas Reports

  • 75 % of club members report finding valuable adult connections at the club.
  • 82% of teen members volunteer in their community at least once per year, while 59% volunteer in their community at least once per month.
  • 93% of teen members expect to graduate from high school, and 80% expect to complete some form of post-secondary education.
  • 63% of club members ages 9 and older report getting at least one hour of physical activity on five or more days per week.
  • 95% of our club members report being on grade level.
  • 86% of our youth report plans to go to college after graduation.

Boys and Girls Club of Puerto Rico Statistics

  • 99% of the 104 participants in the educational program, graduated from high school.
  • 88% continued post-secondary studies.
  • 90% indicated that the Club reinforced their emotional security.
  • 97% indicated that leaders help them to set high expectations.

How Donations are Put to Use

Every day, 11.3 million kids (1 out of 4) leave school with no place to go. And every summer, 43 million kids lack access to summer learning programs. This means that millions of our nation’s youth risk being unsupervised, unguided and unsafe.

However, research shows that what happens during the out-of-school time can have a significant impact on reversing the negative trends facing youth, including dropout rates, obesity and violence. And that’s what Boys & Girls Clubs are all about – providing youth with a safe, constructive, supportive environment when they are not at home or at school, where they can have fun with peers and be guided by trained youth development professionals.