Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii

Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii

The mission of Boys & Girls Clubs of Hawaii (BGCH) is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Since our first Clubhouse opened in 1976, BGCH has been providing low-cost, high-quality after-school programs to the children

Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii

The mission of Boys & Girls Clubs of Hawaii (BGCH) is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Since our first Clubhouse opened in 1976, BGCH has been providing low-cost, high-quality after-school programs to the children of families on Oahu and Kauai. BGCH’s Clubhouses offer a safe, supportive place for youth to go after school and during fall, spring, and summer break. Since our founding, more than 50,000 residents of Hawaii have been members of a BGCH Clubhouse, some who are now leaders in our communities as politicians, doctors, musicians, teachers, and artists. Today, BGCH operates ten Clubhouses that offer programs and enrichment opportunities to improve the life trajectories of thousands of youth ages 7-17. In addition, BGCH provides meals and groceries to families in need, tutors youth to ensure they stay on track academically, offers leadership and sports opportunities, and teaches Hawaiian art and music to connect our youth members to Hawaii’s rich history and culture. BGCH employs 92 staff members who work directly in the Clubhouses, has an active corporate board of directors, an alliance board of young professionals, as well as clubhouse level boards who oversee individual clubhouse needs. All of our staff are trained in working with at-risk youth and providing quality programs to ensure guidance, support, and set them on a path for future success. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) are essential to our work. In 2021 we held a staff retreat to create and commit to a DEI statement that would be recognized and aligned with BGCH’s mission. Our DEI work ensures that we are committed to provide inclusive and safe environments for a diverse group of employees, volunteers, and Club members, where opportunities and equal access are demonstrated at ALL levels, and that we embrace and honor diversity, equity, and inclusion. When we draw on the wisdom of a diverse workforce and volunteers, we are better able to understand and meet the needs of Hawaii’s youth.

About the Organization:

The mission of Boys & Girls Clubs of Hawaii (BGCH) is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Since our first Clubhouse opened in 1976, BGCH has been providing low-cost, high-quality after-school programs to the children of families on Oahu and Kauai. BGCH’s Clubhouses offer a safe, supportive place for youth to go after school and during fall, spring, and summer break. Since our founding, more than 50,000 residents of Hawaii have been members of a BGCH Clubhouse, some who are now leaders in our communities as politicians, doctors, musicians, teachers, and artists. Today, BGCH operates ten Clubhouses that offer programs and enrichment opportunities to improve the life trajectories of thousands of youth ages 7-17. In addition, BGCH provides meals and groceries to families in need, tutors youth to ensure they stay on track academically, offers leadership and sports opportunities, and teaches Hawaiian art and music to connect our youth members to Hawaii’s rich history and culture. BGCH employs 92 staff members who work directly in the Clubhouses, has an active corporate board of directors, an alliance board of young professionals, as well as clubhouse level boards who oversee individual clubhouse needs. All of our staff are trained in working with at-risk youth and providing quality programs to ensure guidance, support, and set them on a path for future success. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) are essential to our work. In 2021 we held a staff retreat to create and commit to a DEI statement that would be recognized and aligned with BGCH’s mission. Our DEI work ensures that we are committed to provide inclusive and safe environments for a diverse group of employees, volunteers, and Club members, where opportunities and equal access are demonstrated at ALL levels, and that we embrace and honor diversity, equity, and inclusion. When we draw on the wisdom of a diverse workforce and volunteers, we are better able to understand and meet the needs of Hawaii’s youth.

organizational budget

5 MILLION - 8 MILLION

existence for

31+ YEARS

Organization benefits AAPIs residing in the following state(s):

Hawaii

organizational budget

5 MILLION - 8 MILLION

existence for

31+ YEARS

Organization benefits AAPIs residing in the following state(s):

Hawaii

The Issue:

Young people in Hawaii need a safe place to go after-school where they can learn, grow, and make life-long connections with peers and caring adults. Studies have shown time after time that participation in afterschool programs lowers dropout rates and closes achievement gaps for low-income students. In addition, students who participate in afterschool programs on a regular basis meet or exceed proficiency standards, develop resilience, build life skills, and live healthy lifestyles at a higher rate than those who do not. However, across the State of Hawaii the demand for afterschool programs greatly exceeds the supply - for every child in an afterschool program in Hawaii, there are 2 more waiting to get in. After-school programs also address the stress and risk factors faced by Hawaii families during the pandemic. Distance learning caused huge social and educational losses for our youth which they are still recovering from. Learning loss, poor mental health caused by pandemic stress, loss of social skills, food insecurities, physical health challenges, increased substance abuse and risky behaviors are all realities many of our youth live with daily. According to the Hawaii State Department of Education, statewide academic proficiency in language arts, math and science decreased after distance learning, with 10% of all Hawaii public school students failing core math and reading classes. In 2021, almost 20% of Hawaii’s high school students were not on track to graduate after distance learning. Financial and food security is also a pressing need for Hawaii’s families. Children who are food insecure are more likely to suffer poor health, struggle in school, and experience behavioral issues. A survey of Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii member families determined that 75% have experienced a loss of family income due to the pandemic. When we consider that 83% of these families are considered low to very low-income, the effect Covid-19 has had on them is devastating. In fact, from 2021 to 2022, the percentage of the youth we serve who are categorized as ‘very-low income’ went from 59% to 75%, meaning a significant number of families we directly serve lost income during this time.

The Solution:

Approximately 80% of the young people who walk through the doors of a Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii Clubhouse are Asian American, Pacific Islander, and/or Native Hawaiian. BGCH provides an effective solution by giving hope, inspiration, and a path to success to the youth of Hawaii. We make sure these AAPI youth are SEEN by giving them the undivided attention of our caring adult mentors, HEARD by giving them platforms to express themselves such as speaking events, music and writing classes, EMPOWERED by giving them the tools to overcome challenges they may face, and UNITED by bringing them together each day as a community to become life-long friends. Our Clubhouses are open each day after-school to youth in Hawaii who need our help, as well as full day programs during school breaks. BGCH programs go beyond traditional after-school care to offer tailored programs that meet youth where they are and put them on a path to success. In addition to giving young people a safe place to go after-school and during breaks, BGCH offers tailored programs to provide homework assistance, leadership skills, sports, and gardening. We work to ensure our members are not only on track to graduate high-school, but have a plan for post-high school life through workforce development and mentorships. As part of the Hawaii Afterschool Alliance, BGCH collaborates with other similar organizations, such as YMCA, Afterschool Allstars, Kama'aina Kids, 21st CCLC, Uplink/Reach, HawaiiP20, and Mo'ili'ili Community Center. BGCH also maintains strong partnerships in the private sector. In 2020, BGCH worked with GAP/Old Navy to distribute 50,000 new clothing items to member families, which was essential for parents who needed clothes for work, and for their children. Also in 2020, BGCH partnered with AT&T to provide 500 free hotspots to our member families to support distance learning and remote working of parents.

Get Updates about the Gold Futures Challenge

Join our email list to receive challenge updates!