The true work of Boys & Girls Clubs–-the heart of what we do-–lies fittingly at the center of our Formula for Impact. To create the optimal Outcome-Driven Club Experience, our Clubs provide high-yield activities and targeted programs, actively encourage young people to attend more frequently, and employ Five Key Elements for Positive Youth Development.
The latter component emerged as critically important in a 2004–05 research effort conducted by the Search Institute and Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) to identify quality strategies and practices that Clubs use to promote the positive, healthy development of youth. The findings showed that Clubs have the potential to increase their impact on young people when they make concerted efforts to implement five key elements in their operations.
The Five Key Elements for Positive Youth Development are:
A Safe, Positive Environment
Opportunities and Expectations