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Statistics

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2,813 registered Club members served ages 6 to 18
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99% youth achieved on-time grade advancement
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148,411 meals & snacks served to Club members
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108 virtual programs were created for Club members
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994 Club members & 727 families received food from our 56 distribution events
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Operating Revenue $6,718,801

Capital contributions restricted for 50th anniversary initiatives: $3,579,087
*This is separate from the 100% above - cash purchases only.
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Operating Expenses $6,107,888

January

BGCSDC 50th Anniversary Seal
2020 marked our organization’s 50th anniversary as a leader in positive youth development.

February

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Marguerite Andrich, a 17-year-old senior at Pine View School and proud Lee Wetherington Boys & Girls Club member, was presented with our 2020 Youth of the Year title at our annual Steak & Burger celebration.
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We broke ground on the expansion project at our Louis and Gloria Flanzer Boys & Girls Club in Arcadia.

March

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When COVID-19 forced Boys & Girls Clubs to close our Clubs on March 13, we immediately transitioned our operations to continue meeting the greatest needs of our Club members and their families.
Our longstanding partnership with All Faiths Food Bank was expanded to pack and distribute food for Club families every Wednesday at our Lee Wetherington Boys & Girls Club and Friday at our Gene Matthews Boys & Girls Club.
Our virtual, online hub opened for Club members to access resources that helped keep them engaged in exciting, educational activities and on track to achieve their full potential while Clubs and schools are closed.

April

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Through the COVID-19 Response Initiative led by the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation and Gulf Coast Community Foundation, the organization launched its First Responder Program to meet the dire childcare needs of parents and guardians who are at the front lines defending the community’s health and safety.
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64 youth served in the First Responder Program

In collaboration with the Louis and Gloria Flanzer Philanthropic Trust, we implemented the COVID-19 Rapid Response Plan to impact Arcadian’s needs in education, food insecurity, health and safety and family sustainability based on a complete assessment of the community’s needs.
Supplied Arcadia Fire Department, Arcadia Police Department and DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office with PPE including:
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36 Cans Sanitizing Spray
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1500 N95 Mask
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1500 Face Shields
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9000 gloves
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Donated food to All Faiths Food Bank that helped 400 people over a 90-day period
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Paid the utility bills of families who were behind on their payments
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Donated food to All Faiths Food Bank that helped 400 people over a 90-day period

May

Virtual programs and activities were offered on a weekly basis on our website and social media platforms including livestreams and videos from the agency’s team of dedicated youth development professionals such as exercise classes, book readings, art project demonstrations and guided recipes using ingredients from All Faiths Food Bank’s food supply.
Marguerite Andrich was named the 2020 Florida Youth of the Year and advanced to the Southeast Region Youth of the Year Virtual Celebration as a finalist.
Boys & Girls Clubs of America presented us with the 2020 Major Gifts Program Award during the 3rd Annual National Resource Development Awards for Excellence in Fundraising virtual celebration.

June

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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.
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618 youth served in the Great Futures Academy Summer Program
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86% of our Club members who were struggling academically showed improvement in key subjects like Reading and Language Arts
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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
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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
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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.
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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.

July

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With 4,300 affiliates to choose from, Boys & Girls Clubs of America selected local Club member Fatima D. and Teen Specialist Geoffry Gilot to host their first ever virtual National Keystone Conference from the Lee Wetherington Boys & Girls Club where nearly 1,500 teen leaders from around the United States came together to lift up their voices and advocate for change in their communities.

August

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Just as schools decided to reopen, our organization announced the Great Futures Academy School-Year Program for a limited number of youth which included both onsite support for students who opted into their school’s remote learning option, as well as, afterschool activities designed to foster academic success, leadership development and career exploration.
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80 youth participated in our Remote Learning Program

September

Boys & Girls Clubs of America and its Florida Area Council presented our organization with the 2020 Core Program Award in Character and Leadership Development for our Youth Council, as well as, chair-elect Meghan O. Serrano, with the 2020 Florida Board Member of the Year award during a state-wide virtual conference.

October

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Two Club members were selected from 4,000 entries to receive national awards from Boys & Girls Clubs of America during its National Arts Contest. Lei’Asha B. was named a National winner in the Collage category for Fine Arts. Dailynn T. was named a National winner in the Fashion and Trends category for ImageMakers.
Two outstanding Club members Te’Coya and Fatima received a full-ride scholarship to Duquesne University in Pittsburgh as the 2020 Drs. Robert and Patricia Gussin Endowed Scholars.

November

Boys & Girls Clubs of America presented chair-elect Meghan O. Serrano with the 2020 Southeast Board Member of the Year award during a regional virtual conference.
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Longtime Board member Lee Wetherington was honored as the organization’s 2020 Champion for Children during our virtually-reimagined celebration for his unwavering 30-year dedication to empowering youth to reach their full potential at the Boys & Girls Clubs.
We officially changed our name to Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties to reflect a new milestone as our commitment to local youth now extends to two counties with the addition of the Louis and Gloria Flanzer Boys & Girls Club in Arcadia.
The Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance presented us with the 2020 Bull By The Horns Sandies Award in recognition of our excellence in pivoting and evolving business processes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

December

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With lead support from the Louis and Gloria Flanzer Philanthropic Trust, we distributed 425 complete holiday meals to families in Arcadia during a four-hour drive-thru distribution event.

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