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The Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica Youth Development Programs

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica


BGCSM provides high-quality afterschool and summer programming to youth ages 6-18 who come from 128 zip codes in Los Angeles County. Our program model fits under four key areas: Healthy Lifestyles, Social-Emotional Health, 21st Century Education and Career Pathways, and Good Character and Citizenship. Our holistic program approach fosters resiliency in our youth and helps them build the necessary skills to achieve self-sufficiency.

Please describe the mission of your organization.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica’s (BGCSM) mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

In which areas of Los Angeles will you be directly working?

  • Central LA
  • East LA
  • South LA
  • Westside
  • County of Los Angeles
  • City of Los Angeles
  • 128 zip codes throughout Los Angeles County

In what stage of innovation is this project?

Expand existing program

If you are submitting a collaborative proposal, please describe the specific role of partner organizations in the project.

We are not submitting a collaborative proposal. However, we collaborate with a wide network of community partners in our programming with other organizations doing similar work, local businesses, and other agencies to best meet the needs of our Club members and toward the overall success of our programs.

What is the need you’re responding to?

Our young people benefit social-emotionally, academically, behaviorally, and physically through our supportive and caring outcomes-based program design. Our goal is for our kids to tackle their dilemmas and use them to become competent and compassionate leaders. Many of the youth we serve are facing multiple socio-economic barriers that make it nearly impossible to get ahead in life. Youth are more likely to engage in risky behaviors and crime when unsupervised during the hours outside of school. Studies indicate that these factors amongst others influence a person’s health and wellbeing. Both environmental and emotional circumstances contribute to whether a young person will be prepared to graduate high school, advance to higher education, and successfully transition into a thriving-wage career.

Why is this project important to the work of your organization?

BGCSM’s four-pillar program model integrates overall holistic wellbeing and growth in our youth, while further focusing on targeting services for our most at-risk youth in the community. We provide a well-rounded approach toward youth development that utilizes prevention and intervention with academic, physical, and social-emotional support to help youth achieve overall success and wellbeing in life. Program activities include academic support, leadership, financial awareness, career exploration, social-emotional wellbeing, sports, performing arts, technology, STEM, mentorships, college preparation, civic engagement, and other enrichment activities. Additionally, we utilize research-based, high-quality training in our staff development, which allows us to continually  evaluate our program implementation and youth engagement practices to improve. Through this, we can create a safe and supportive environment that fosters growth and resiliency while building confidence in our youth.

Approximately how many people will be impacted by this proposal?

Direct impact
Indirect impact

Please describe the broader impact of your proposal.

We target the most at-risk youth in our communities to help them overcome barriers and achieve overall success and wellbeing in life. Our programming directly impacts 4,000 youth annually. Our indirect impact extends to our teen and community volunteers, community and stakeholders reached at our annual events, families and residents reached by our club events such as Thanksgiving meals, holiday parties, and family assistance programs, as well as our dedicated advisory board and staff.

Please explain how you will define and measure success for your project.

We define success through our youth achieving positive outcomes for overall wellbeing and success in life, and to become competent, effective leaders in their communities. Our vision for success lies in our four outcomes for youth. We want our youth to:

1) be socially/emotionally healthy with competencies such as adaptability, resilience, emotional regulation, interpersonal communication skills, confidence and self-efficacy

2) feel ready to be successful in 21st Century Education and Career Pathways

3) strive for and practice healthy habits such as healthy eating and regular physical activity, financial responsibility and empowerment

4) be actively engaged in, and committed to, community and service leadership.

Which of the learn metrics will your submission impact?​

  • Enrollment in afterschool programs
  • College matriculation
  • High school graduation rates

Are there any other LA2050 goal categories that your proposal will impact?

  • LA is the best place to CREATE
  • LA is the best place to PLAY

Which of LA2050’s resources will be of the most value to you?

  • Access to the LA2050 community
  • Host public events or gatherings
  • Communications support
  • Strategy assistance and implementation