Our Impact

Impact Model

In 2005, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Orange Coast designed and introduced the Impact Model, a holistic and comprehensive strategy for youth services. Since then, the Impact Model has become a best practice in youth development and is the cornerstone philosophy for the Club. Unlike traditional Boys & Girls Clubs, the Impact Model offers a structured daily rotation consisting of Academic Reinforcement, Fitness, and Enrichment Programs. All members at every site participate in this structured program experience, ensuring that all members go through a balanced set of programs designed to help them reach their full potential. Through this strategy, the Club ensures every member is provided a support system that impacts the mind, body, and soul. Mentor Professionals use this strategy to build meaningful relationships while serving the whole child and the whole family.


Impact Areas
5 Key Elements for Youth Development

Impact Areas

Every Club member takes part in a daily rotation that exposes him or her to every academic, physical fitness, and life skills program that we offer.


High dropout rates and financially strapped schools have intensified our focus on academics. Every child gets homework support, tutoring, and additional academic programs every day.

Physical Fitness and Recreation

The physical fitness programs we run each day ensure that kids understand the value of exercise and the importance of FUN!

Character and Leadership

The value of going beyond the mastery of basic academics is not lost on us, and we provide these programs in order to develop the whole child.


Because our kids have limited access to technology at home and in schools, it is our duty to prepare them for college and the working world by providing progressive technology programs.

At-Risk Youth

To us, every child is at risk. In Orange County, those risks include gangs, drugs, and violence, among many others, and our programs help our kids make smart decisions in their neighborhoods.

The Arts

The creativity and self-identification that the arts provide are key building blocks in preparing a child for happy, successful adulthood.

Health and Wellness

Healthy lifestyles and nutritious eating are rarely a priority in financially strapped homes like the ones we serve. It is our responsibility to promote healthy living among our young people

5 Key Elements for Youth Development

We have learned that the level of impact a Club has on young people depends on how often and how long members participate, as well as how well the club implements the following 5 key elements:

Safe, Positive Environment

Club staff, facilities, and age-appropriate settings create stability, consistency, and a sense of physical and emotional safety for members. The Club provides structure and clearly defines acceptable behaviors. 


Club generates fun for members. Members develop a strong sense of belonging through connections they establish with staff and peers. Staff members make the Club feel like home, fostering a family atmosphere and creating a sense of ownership for members.

Supportive Relationships

Club youth develop meaningful relationships with peers and adults. Staff members actively cultivate such relationships to ensure that every member feels connected to one or more adults and peers. Staff members demonstrate warmth, caring, appreciation, acceptance, and proper guidance in their connections with members. 

Opportunities and Expectations

Club youth acquire physical, social, technological, artistic, and life skills. The Club environment encourage members to develop a moral character and behave ethically. Club staff members establish and reinforce high expectations and help young people do well in school and pursue a post-secondary education.


At the Club, we recognize and support young people’s self-worth and accomplishments. Club staff encourage youth and provide positive reinforcement as they make improvements and experience successes. The Club showcases young people’s achievements.