Docstoc

Case Statement Sample

Document Sample
Case Statement Sample Powered By Docstoc
					                            XYZ Organization
                             Case Statement

John Doe, Executive Director of XYZ, knows personally how a Boys & Girls
Club can save lives. He was a Club kid. Without the Club growing up, he
would have had a different life – as another statistic in the justice system. He
left a lucrative career in the private sector to give back to his community so
that other youth might have the same opportunities.

For more than 71 years, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Long Beach have delivered
after school programs to the communities’ most at-risk youth. Every day,
Monday through Friday, 1,400 youth from ages 6 to 18 participate in after
school activities during the hours of 2:00 – 6:00 p.m., the most dangerous
hours of the day for youth.

Originally conceived as a clubhouse for boys to participate in positive
educational activities, the Boys Club was established in 1939 by community
volunteers Carlton Wallace and Maurice Bugbee. Girls were officially added
as members in 1991 along with a name change to the Boys & Girls Clubs of
Long Beach and a new movement began to align Club programs with
educational standards being developed at the state and national level.

Today, services are provided at 11 locations, 8 of which are located at
community schools. A successful partnership with the Long Beach Unified
School District has fueled phenomenal growth, and community demand for
services continues to grow. Clubs are located at Del Amo/Atlantic –
Fairfield/Eastman Club, Martin Luther King Park – John C. Wallace/Petrolane
Club, across the street from Cabrillo High School - Fairfield/Westside Club,
And at Washington, Butler, Robinson, Barton, McKinley, Holmes, Harte, and
Mann schools.

It is the objective of the Clubs to provide youth with the tools and means to
become responsible adults and members of society, and to help them to reach
their full potential. It is best summed up in our Mission Statement:


       To provide a positive, safe and nurturing environment where youth
       From ages 6 to 18 are encouraged to become responsible members of
       the community.


This goal is accomplished through the implementation of programs focused on
5 Core Program Areas of youth development at each of our 11 Club sites.
These services are provided by trained staff members who oversee the daily
delivery of these core programs from 2:00—6:00 p.m., Monday through
Friday, and on Saturdays, for sports leagues, special outings and field trips.
Memberships are kept affordable - $15 per year, and scholarships are provided
to all who can not afford this nominal fee. Programs are designed to assist
youths in developing into mature and responsible young adults through
character development and supported exploration of a variety of activities. All
programs are developed at the National Boys & Girls Club level in partnership
with universities and field tested before being implemented. Outcomes are
tracked using a variety of research-validated methods. Principles of the Youth
Development Impact Model are implemented to foster positive growth by
providing:

      A safe, positive environment
      Fun activities that establish grounding in the Club
      Supportive relationships with peers and adults
      Opportunities for physical, mental, and emotional growth with the
       expectation that everyone will put forth their best effort
      Recognition for accomplishments and successes

The 5 Core Program Areas that further the Youth Development Impact Model
include:
     Education & Career Development: Includes one hour of homework
       assistance per day, reading and writing interest clubs, computer labs
       with sequential training, and educational field trips. For our teens,
       vocational, career and college workshops and training programs are
       offered with job shadowing and internship opportunities including a
       junior staff development program.
     Character & Leadership Development: Includes service learning
       volunteer and leadership opportunities; participation in “Youth of the
       Month/Youth of the Year” activities; planning and execution of Club
       events, activities, and fundraisers; alcohol/drug/gang/pregnancy
       prevention classes; and development of positive character traits as
       presented in the Josephson Institute’s Six Pillars of Character program.
     Health & Life Skills: includes life-skill development enrichment in
       curriculum delivered over 10-12 week time periods in health and
       hygiene, cooking, money management, home purchasing, violence
       prevention, and gardening.
     Arts & Cultural Diversity: includes participation in parades, festivals,
       art exhibits; field trips to local museums and musical performances;
       crafts, dance, and music. We partner with the East Village Arts District
       and California State University Long Beach, through their ArtsBridge
       program, to deliver fine art instruction.
     Fitness, Sports & Recreation: includes individual fitness
       development, team sports, overnight camp, field trips to social events
       and dances with other clubs, and hosting of Club events and activities.
Transportation is provided from selected schools to Club sites, and all children
are served a nutritious snack once they arrive. Programs are designed to
appeal to youth, provide real-life applications, and facilitate interaction with
other cultures to break down racial barriers. Youth input is solicited on most
Club activities and youth are encouraged to take increasingly active roles in
Club operations as they age. At the Club (non-school) locations, special
activities are implemented focusing specifically on teens. Currently, more than
250 community volunteers assist in delivering programs.

More than 76% of the kids served live in an economically disadvantaged
household with an annual income of less than 200% of the poverty level
income of $22,400 for a family of four per year, and 11% live in a household
with an annual income of $12,000-$22,000. Of the youth served, 44% are
African-American, 42% are Latino/Hispanic, 7% are Asian/Pacific-Islander,
4% are Caucasian, and 3% are of mixed heritage. During 2008, 54% of our
members were male, and 46% were female. In the 90813 zip code area where
two of the Clubs are located, 52% of parents have not graduated from the 9th
grade. These children are also disadvantaged by the limited language
capability and low educational attainment of their parents. Most of these
parents speak a language other than English and cannot assist their children
with homework. 58% of these parents have not graduated from the eighth
grade.

Need for After-school Programs
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Long Beach is experiencing greater demand for
services by city officials, principals, teachers, parents and concerned citizens
who value after-school programs as a means to address the growing challenges
and disparity of at-risk youth living in some of the city’s toughest
neighborhoods. Identified issues for strong support of after-school programs
include:
     Youth who are not making adequate yearly progress under the No
       Child Left Behind Act requirements
     Parents who have little educational achievement and limited language
       skills, rendering them unable to support their child’s educational
       success
     High housing costs that require low-income parents to take on
       additional jobs to sustain their families, limiting adult supervision of
       youth during after-school hours, the most dangerous period of the day
       for youth and the time of the greatest occurrence of property crime
     A multicultural population with racial conflict and tensions as people
       compete for limited resources in densely populated neighborhoods
     Overcrowded conditions at local schools limiting the time staff can
       spend on each child which limits individual youth development
     60 active gangs with more than 3,300 members, threatening community
       safety and encouraging the use of drugs to maximize their profits
      Budget difficulties at the State level, requiring severe cuts at the district
       level

The Challenge
Demand by the community for the Club’s services as an after-school provider
continues to grow. As families struggle to achieve the American dream, they
increasingly depend on after-school programs to ensure their children are safe
until the parents are able to pick them up after work. Services can be delivered
to each youth for the cost of $500 per year while the cost of maintaining a
youth in county or state care is $35,000 - $55,000 per year. Since 2005, the
numbers of juveniles committing felony crimes has been decreasing and this is
attributed by the state legislative analyst’s office to availability of intervention
and prevention programs targeting at-risk youth, many of which are offered in
after-school settings. If all youths have access to a quality after-school
program, the cost savings, financial as well as in human lives, could be
tremendous.

With the deflation of the housing market and recessionary trends in the
economy, current funders are reducing grant funds and government funding is
also being scaled back at a time when demand for services continues to grow
with double digit growth. Without resources to support this growth, more
youth will be at-risk of engaging in delinquent behavior, becoming pregnant,
and dropping out of school, continuing the cycle of poverty in the
communities’ poorest areas. Costs of managing these increases will be
included in future budgets, increasing the amount of taxes everyone must pay
to cover these costs. 5% of the youth in the city are receiving services at a
Boys & Girls Club. There are other after-school providers but they do not
have the flexibility of hours and broad-based program development present
with Boys & Girls Clubs of America curriculum and programs.

How You Can Help
To provide these services at this cost-effective rate takes resources – financial
and human. This is where the community can provide a critical role of
support. Talk to John Doe, Executive Director, about how the Club can make
a difference in a life. Share your available resources with a Club, whether it is
a cash donation, volunteer time, or products useable within a Club. Commit to
support the growth and development of a child so that all youths in our
community have the same opportunities at success.

				
DOCUMENT INFO
Shared By:
Categories:
Tags:
Stats:
views:61
posted:9/26/2012
language:Unknown
pages:4