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
Be Great Graduate
5 Key Elements for Youth Development
Early Literacy

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.

Academic

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.

Technology

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 Santa Ana, 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

Be Great Graduate


BE GREAT Graduate is a BGCCOC initiative that targets young people most vulnerable for dropping out of school and provides them structured weekly 1:1 mentoring.  Be Great Graduate Mentors are strategically selected and provided with additional resources for high-risk youth intervention. This comprehensive strategy is based on the University of Minnesota’s evidence-based model, Check and Connect and consists of three components.

Mentor-Youth Relationship

A long-term mentoring relationship that is built on trust and open communication, with the goal of building Club members’ belief that “they can and want to be successful.”

Intentional Tracking

BGCCOC Mentor Professionals regularly check the warning signs of withdrawal from school (attendance, behavior and course failure) and work with the youth to develop a timely intervention that focuses on decreasing the negative risks while increasing the protective factors (i.e., strengths) through the mentor relationship, problem solving and persistence.

Enhancing Club-School-Home Partnership and Communication – BGCCOC Mentor Professionals and schools work together to share information and resources. BGCCOC Mentor Professionals then work to engage and empower parents in their child’s education.

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. 

Fun

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. Clubs encourage members to develop a moral character and behave ethically. Staff members establish and reinforce high expectations and help young people do well in school and pursue a post-secondary education.

Recognition

Clubs recognize and support young people’s self-worth and accomplishments. Staff members encourage youth and provide positive reinforcement as they make improvements and experience successes. The Club showcases young people’s achievements.

Early Literacy


The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Central Orange Coast is always looking for ways to improve the outcomes of the programs we provide our Members, ensuring our kids have the resources needed to succeed in life.  The Club is proud to have partnered with Orange County United Way to bring a strategic program to our kids that will tackle the academic achievement gap and summer learning loss crisis that so many of our children face.  This initiative seeks to address the literacy gap by providing age-appropriate reading materials, targeted literacy intervention for children in grades K-3 through cutting edge curriculum, and engaging families in bi-weekly family literacy nights. By further bolstering the academic environment at the Club and our school sites, program leaders and parents in partnership, are working to ensure each child develops year-round, as well as a life-long appreciation for reading. 

We are proud to report that during our pilot of this program, over the course of summer 2014, 94.4% of Club members maintained or improved their Basic Phonics Skills and 87.5% maintained or improved their Reading Comprehension because of the early literacy program.*

*CRLP pre andpost analysis of BGCCOC Early Literacy program