Boys & Girls Clubs of Moultrie/Colquitt County

Contact Information

420 W Central Ave
Moultrie, GA 31768 - 3660
(229) 890-8600
School Turnaround AmeriCorps State Competitive Direct FY 2013

Executive Summary

Executive Summary

For over four years, Boys & Girls Club of Moultrie / Colquitt County has been in the forefront of youth development, working with young people from disadvantaged economic, social and family circumstances. The Boys & Girls Club of Moultrie / Colquitt County has actively sought to enrich the lives of girls and boys whom other youth agencies have had difficulty reaching. We are dedicated to ensuring that our community's disadvantaged children and teens have greater access to quality programs and services that will enhance their lives and shape their futures.

In order to have an even deeper impact on our community's youth, Boys & Girls Club of Moultrie / Colquitt County is requesting funding from CNCS Americorps School Turnaround Grantto implement a program called Turn Up Turnaround Afterschool Program : an educational initiative and tutoring program for youth ages 5 to 18.

When a Club implements the comprehensive Turn Up Turnaround Afterschool model, youth extend their learning beyond the school day by participating in:

* academic support (homework help)

* academic enrichment (fun, interactive high-yield learning activities)

* academic remediation (tutoring for those youth who need more intensive help with specific subjects or skills)

As a community-based organization, the Boys & Girls Club of Moultrie / Colquitt County is uniquely positioned to positively affect the lives of the youth we serve. To implement Turnaround Afterschool Program, we request the upfront amount of $80,000. A detailed breakdown of how these dollars will be allocated can be found in this proposal's Cost Effective & Adequacy Plan.

Just as CNCS Americorps Grant seeks to help our community's youth become responsible, caring, productive citizens, the Boys & Girls Club of Moultrie / Colquitt County has the staff and tools necessary to see this vision come to life. We thank you for considering this request. Together, we can assure that our community's youth go on to have great futures.

Organizational Background

The Boys & Girls Club of Moultrie / Colquitt County is part of a nationwide Movement of community-based, autonomous organizations and Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) working to help youth of all backgrounds develop the qualities needed to become responsible citizens and leaders. It offers daily access to a broad range of programs in five core program areas (Character and Leadership Development; Education and Career Development; Health and Life Skills; The Arts; and Sports, Fitness and Recreation) and several specialized initiatives. All programs are designed to drive positive outcomes for youth and reinforce necessary life skills.

In an effort to ensure that members achieve great futures, the Boys & Girls Club of Moultrie / Colquitt County has chosen to implement the Turn Up Turnaround After School Program. Participation in this much-needed program will help drive academic success for our youth.

Recent studies by the National Center for Education Statistics demonstrate the need for additional academic support of youth in their out-of-school time. In 2009, only 33 percent of fourth graders, 32 percent of eight graders and 38 percent of 12th graders read at or above the proficient level. At-risk or low-income youth fare even worse.

We can find similar patterns of student underachievement in our community. In Colquitt County, the dropout rate is the highest it has been in years, toppling twenty plus percent.

In addition, many young people face common challenges that can prevent them from completing their homework consistently on a daily basis, such as:

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