With guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and support from Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation, Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Community Foundation of Sarasota County and the community, our Great Futures Academy Summer Program welcomed a limited number of youth for academic enrichment programs with certified teaching professionals.
618 youth served in the Great Futures Academy Summer Program
86% of our Club members who were struggling academically showed improvement in key subjects like Reading and Language Arts
14% of our Club members maintained the same level of academic performance and an incredible 0% of Club members decreased their academic proficiency during the summer, a time traditionally known for learning loss
100% of students at our Louis and Gloria Flanzer Boys & Girls Club, all of whom attend Title I schools, showed improvement in key academic subjects
We announced a new partnership with Loveland Center for the “We Belong” summer program. The “We Belong” program, which was launched in 2017 by local Exceptional Student Education (ESE) Teacher Lindsay Goffinet, is an inclusive 8-week program for children with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities that fosters a love for learning, builds independence and celebrates diversity in a safe, supportive environment.
We recognized our obligation to ensure our members are given inclusive spaces where their voices are not only heard but amplified; supported in their efforts to galvanize movements that will build their shared vision for the future; and empowered to lead our way forward as a community. With these obligations in mind, The Club announced the creation of a Youth Council. The Council’s goal is both simple and lofty: to address our community’s pressing concerns and work collectively for change and social justice.