2018 Diversity Advocate: Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Their mission is to enable all young people, especially those most in need, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Reaching 4.3 million youth annually, their impact is unquestionable. Their partners comprise some of the most prominent partners in our industry, with Comcast NBCUniversal, Cox Communications, Fox Sports, Turner and Disney among many that lend support through funding, employee involvement and in-kind contributions.
For these reasons and more, Boys & Girls Clubs of America has been selected as The Walter Kaitz Foundation’s Diversity Advocate honoree for 2018. The organization joins an esteemed group whose commitment to human potential, diversity and opportunity is inspiring to all.
The Diversity Advocate award honors an individual or organization that demonstrates an unwavering commitment to diversity and whose visionary leadership directly or indirectly fosters a more embracing and inclusive environment. Recent honorees include the nonprofit groups Girls Who Code and the National Association of Latino Independent Producers.
Boys & Girls Clubs of America was founded in 1860 in Hartford, Connecticut. Today, more than 4,300 Boys & Girls Clubs serve millions of young people between the ages of 6 and 18 in every state and on U.S. military installations worldwide. Inside every Club, youth development professionals provide youth with vital mentoring and guidance that helps them graduate from high school with a plan for the future, fosters good character and citizenship, and encourages healthy, active lifestyles.
Found in small towns and big cities, on Native lands and public housing communities, Boys & Girls Clubs provide young Americans with a safe, fun out-of-school time experience that nurtures their personal growth, a love of learning, the desire to serve others and the drive to achieve a great future.
In fulfilling their mission, Boys & Girls Clubs of America empowers the nation’s youth to develop skills, think constructively and gain self-esteem through youth development programs that include the following.
- DIY Stem – The hands-on, activity-based STEM curriculum connects youth ages 9 to 12 with science themes they regularly encounter in every-day life.
- MyFuture – Next-generation technology initiative lets Boys & Girls Club members of all ages use computers, smartphones and tablets to play, learn, socialize, connect with their peers and earn digital recognition such as stars and badges for their accomplishments.
- Tech Girls Rock! – Hosted by select Boys & Girls Clubs across the country, Tech Girls Rock are unique workshops designed to cultivate interest among girls in STEM educational opportunities and careers.
- Be There – Initiative provides Clubs with training, resources and strategies to enhance their capacity to support youth who are in grieving.
- Disability Inclusion – Provides Club youth development professionals with training, coaching and resources that allows them to better support youth who have a disability.
- LGBTQ Inclusion – Initiative works to offer a safe, positive environment for youth, staff and families of all sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions.
We are privileged to recognize the amazing, inspiring work of Boys & Girls Clubs of America at the 2018 Kaitz Dinner.