Facts at a Glance
2007 National Harris Survey of
Boys & Girls Club Alumni:
Facts At A Glance
Boys & Girls Clubs have an immediate and long-lasting impact on their alumni:
- 57% of alumni said the Club saved their life. (Up 5% from 1999 survey).
- 91% of alumni are satisfied with their adult life.
Areas of Concern
Four areas of concern from the survey have a major impact on America’s youth:
Crime & Substance Abuse:
- 67% of Club alumni attribute their ability to avoid difficulty with the law to the influence of Club staff.
- Another 67% say the Club is where they learned how to ‘say no’ to drugs and alcohol.
- 28% of alumni report they would have dropped out of high school if not for the Club.
- 51% achieved a higher level of education than they thought possible because of attending the Club.
- 80% of alumni said the Club had a positive impact on their attitude toward fitness and health.
- 74% of Club alumni report participating in organized sports.
- 73% of African-American male alumni said the “Club saved my life.”
- 34% of African-American male alumni earned a four-year college degree, compared to the national rate of 16%.