Making a Difference
Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s research shows that young people who attend a Club regularly and have a high-quality Club Experience do better than their peers. For instance:
- 66% of Club 12th graders volunteer at least once per month, compared with only 29% of 12th graders nationally
- 89% of Club ninth graders report abstaining from drinking alcohol in the past 30 days, compared with 76% of ninth graders nationally
- 30% of Club girls are physically active every day, compared with 23% of girls nationally
- A comparison of NYOI and National Survey on Drug Use and Health data suggests that low-income, regularly attending Club members ages 12 to 17 outperform their peers nationally on school grades. About three-quarters of these Club members report earning mostly As and Bs in school, compared with 67 percent of youth nationally
For more information about how Boys & Girls Clubs impact kids and teens, read our National Youth Outcomes Report.