For more than 110 years, Boys and Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) has worked to improve the lives of the country’s youth through a variety of programs and activities. With a goal to engage, inspire, and empower Club members, the organization advances programs in areas such as education, sports and recreation, health and wellness, and career development. Boys and Girls Clubs throughout the country also offer programming focused on character, leadership, and the arts.
In order to continue offering programs for kids and teens of all ages, BGCA relies on the ongoing support of individual volunteers and corporate partners. Today, corporations from all areas of business are boosting BGCA to new heights by directing awareness and funds toward its work.
The following activities provide a glimpse at how members of the corporate world are advancing BGCA’s mission to help young people mature into productive, caring, and responsible adults:
Coca-Cola and Family Dollar Team Up for National Fundraising Campaign
In early 2018, The Coca-Cola Company and Family Dollar Stores launched the Make Every Sip Count campaign to raise money for BGCA programming. As part of the yearlong fundraiser, Coca-Cola and Family Dollar is giving Boys and Girls Clubs 15 percent of the purchase of every Coke product sold at Family Dollars throughout the country. The campaign, which runs throughout 2018, will provide up to $1 million for Clubs nationwide.
Make Every Sip Count is just one of the latest ways that Coca-Cola and Family Dollar have supported BGCA’s work. A longtime BGCA partner, Coca-Cola has been uplifting youth through its support of Boys and Girls Clubs for more than seven decades. Family Dollar’s efforts as a BGCA supporter have included online giving campaigns and fundraising partnerships that have raised more than $1 million over the last several years.
Raytheon Commits Millions of Dollars to After-School Programming
A member of BGCA’s Second Century Society group of corporate partners, Raytheon is one of nine organizations that have donated between $5 million and $10 million to help Boys and Girls Clubs attain its mission goals. In 2015, the company selected BGCA as one of the beneficiaries of its five-year, $10-million initiative to help military families. As part of the initiative, Raytheon has committed $5 million to create 22 BGCA-affiliated Centers of Innovation in communities with a strong military presence.
At the Centers, youth that includes mostly children of military families can take part in after-school activities focused on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) subjects. Raytheon has opened Centers of Innovation in a number of US cities, including Aberdeen, Maryland; Huntsville, Alabama; and Chula Vista, California. The company has also opened a Center in Hawaii and one overseas at Ramstein Air Base in Germany.
Samsung Encourages Youth to Take Action against Climate Change
Since 2015, Samsung has been partnering with BGCA on the Climate Superstars Challenge, a national competition that teaches youth about the environment and how they can work to protect it. Each year, Samsung invites BGCA members 11 to 13 years of age to take part in the Challenge by completing a series of tasks focused on sustainability. An online gaming platform tracks the progress of participants, and Samsung awards the winning Boys and Girls Club a technology makeover.
In addition to motivating young people to become environmental stewards, the Climate Superstars Challenge helps advance BGCA’s efforts to build STEM skills. In the competition’s first three years, Samsung awarded tens of thousands of dollars in electronics to Boys and Girls Clubs in New Jersey, Florida, and Massachusetts.
Maytag Recognizes BGCA Employees and Volunteers
In line with its commitment to dependability, Maytag oversees an awards program that honors dependable leaders from Boys and Girls Clubs across the country. Launched in 2010, the Maytag Dependable Leader Award is given to BGCA staff and volunteers who dedicate themselves to helping local youth succeed. In addition to receiving the recognition of their peers, all Maytag Dependable Leaders are awarded a $20,000 grant to support scholarships for their local Club members. Over the years, the program has provided more than $7 million to BGCA youth.
Disney and Toyota Back BGCA’s Youth of the Year Program
Every year since 1947, BGCA has honored teen leaders through its Youth of the Year program, which recognizes Club members for their leadership, academic achievements, and commitment to service. Today, with the support of Disney and Toyota, as well as other corporate sponsors, the program provides scholarships to participants on the state, regional, and national levels.
BGCA awards each state winner a $5,000 scholarship and each regional finalist up to $45,000 in scholarships. The teen selected as the National Youth of the Year receives a $25,000 award that can be renewed four times up to $100,000. In 2017, Disney, Toyota, and Boys and Girls Clubs celebrated the 70th anniversary of the Youth of the Year program by awarding more than $1 million in scholarships to Club teens.