The competitiveness of football — teams battling rivals, high school teenagers clawing for scholarships — has created a generation of ambitious players who keep themselves in shape for a year-round game, but the tradition of multiple practices in one day during preseason camp is on its way out.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) launches a major campaign today (July 31), heralded by a rally and variety show in New York’s Times Square. Actor and musician Nick Cannon, host of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” show and a former club member, is taking the stage along with celebrities Ne-Yo (also a former club member), pop singer Estell, Olympic gold medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee and others.
The Great Futures Campaign is an expansion and a fund-raising effort that Julie Teer, senior vice-president of resource development, calls unprecedented in the history of the BCGA. The focus is on developing a generation of high school graduates and leaders, according to BCGA It’s also an effort to get the organization’s message out to the public via social media and advertising.
A countdown in Times Square to 3 p.m. — when the school day ends— is meant to highlight the important role of out-of-school time...
The current appetite for data is taking a bite out of some youth organizations. Nonprofits that serve youth are finding that funders — whether they are foundations or government agencies — want more figures that show an organization’s impact, and they want to see more specifics of who the program serves.
Eleven major foundations have pledged to spend a total of nearly $200 million for efforts to help boys and young men of color succeed, in concert with President Barack Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative.