Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s work has been recognized by leading corporations nationwide. These caring corporate citizens have partnered with us to find innovative ways to help America’s young people reach their full potential. Read details here. A sampling of partnerships is below.

The U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs provides “pass through” funding, through Boys & Girls Clubs of America, for direct operating expenses for member outreach and program enhancement.

The JCPenney Afterschool initiative sponsors BGCA’s Project Learn educational enhancement program, which reinforces and enhances the skills and knowledge young people learn at school through “high-yield” learning activities at the Club and in the home. The program uses academically beneficial activities to increase academic performance. These activities, including leisure reading, writing activities, homework help and games like Scrabble®, develop young people’s cognitive skills. Project Learn emphasizes collaborations between Club staff, parents and school personnel. Boys & Girls Clubs nationwide have received a resource guide for Project Learn.

Through a 5-year, $7 million partnership with Kimberly-Clark Corporation, BGCA has developed a family support strategy called Family PLUS. (Parents Leading, Uniting, Serving) and a plan for integrating it into Clubs nationwide. The goal of the strategy is to help build the capacity of Clubs to form collaborations with caregivers as partners in the positive development of children. Through family support, Clubs will be able to help ensure that families have the opportunities, networks and assistance they need to realize aspirations for their children.

To launch the revised strategy, components of Family PLUS are being implemented in Boys & Girls Clubs nationwide. Closer to home, the Family PLUS strategy also encourages all of us to spend quality time with young people.

Microsoft Corporation has partnered with BGCA to launch the ClubTech initiative, which will develop a technology curriculum and provide program materials, training and software for more than 3,000 Boys & Girls Clubs throughout the United States by 2005.

“Technology has changed the way our children learn. Every child deserves access to this valuable medium so they can develop the skills that will prepare them for the future,” said Bill Gates, Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software Architect. “Microsoft is proud to partner with a great American institution like the Boys & Girls Clubs of America to help bridge the technology divide for more than 3.3 million children in the United States.”

Clubs across the country can access Club Tech’s Digital Arts Suite, a collection of five programs designed to incorporate the best learning approaches in a high-tech setting for kids. With the Web Tech, Design Tech, Photo Tech, Movie Tech and Music Tech programs online, any Club with a technology center can teach members about Web design; graphic design and animation; digital photography and photo editing; digital movies and digital music. The Digital Arts Suite is just one of many ways Microsoft is allowing young Club members to reach their potential through Club Tech.

Tupperware Brands Corporation is a leader in driving positive change in women’s lives. The company’s business strategies and philanthropic programs align to enlighten, educate and empower women and girls. Tupperware Brands’ partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) has included building or renovating Club facilities in Hemingway and other markets across the country, recognizing outstanding marketing and communications programs, and selecting truly gifted young men and women as Youth of the Year honorees.

Since 2007, Tupperware Brands has also underwritten the SMART Girls program created by BGCA to encourage healthy attitudes and lifestyles that enable early adolescent girls to develop their full potential. The company’s corporate commitment is matched by the financial and volunteer contributions of its independent sales force members and associates. By coming together under the banner of the SMART Girls program, Tupperware Brands and BGCA are make a difference in the lives of many Club girls – and their families.

The Taco Bell Foundation sponsors TEENSupreme®, a long-term strategic partnership that began in 1995 and has resulted in over $10 million in donations so far. The program is designed to attract and empower teens through a three tiered approach:

1. The TEENSupreme Academy, equipping Boys & Girls Club staff members to more effectively work with teens.

2. The creation and operation of 100 TEENSupreme Centers nationwide, providing dedicated space, staff and programming for teens.

3. The TEENSupreme Keystone Clubs, providing youngsters with leadership opportunities, including the annual National TEENSupreme Keystone Conference, bringing together teens from across the nation to discuss pertinent issues.

Through a partnership with ABC’s Good Morning America, national retailer Toys ’R Us sends toys to Clubs nationwide each holiday season. The holiday toy drive results in millions of dollars worth of toys being donated to deserving Boys & Girls Club members nationwide, including those in the Pee Dee. Donations to The Toys “R” Us Children’s Fund were passed on to Boys & Girls Clubs of America who used the donations to purchase toys for Boys & Girls Club members across the country and on military bases.

Students from local Clubs shadow Wal-Mart associates on Job Shadow Day. Working with Wal-Mart and America’s Promise on Groundhog Job Shadow Day is an opportunity for youth to learn about the importance and rewards of a career in retail. This program offers students insight into the connection between academics and businesses, showing them first-hand how they can apply what they learn in school to the workplace. Students learn about merchandising, sales, shipping/receiving and store operations at the local Wal-Mart store.merchandising, sales, shipping/receiving and store operations at the local Wal-Mart store.

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