Boys & Girls Club of Allentown

Great Futures Start Here

aka BGCA   |   Allentown, PA   |  http://www.bgcallentown.org

Mission

The mission of Boys & Girls Clubs of Allentown is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

Ruling year info

1942

Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Deborah Fries-Jackson

Main address

720 N Sixth St

Allentown, PA 18102 USA

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EIN

23-1352042

NTEE code info

Boys and Girls Clubs (Combined) (O23)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Boys & Girls Club of Allentown will provide a world-class Club experience that assures success is within reach of every young person who walks through our doors, with all kids on track to graduate from high school with a plan for the future, demonstrating good character and citizenship, and living a healthy lifestyle.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Istation

Istation, developed using scientifically based reading research, is a national Internet-based supplemental reading instruction and intervention program that teaches our disadvantaged youth, in grades K - 3, to read fluently with comprehension. With its multi-level approach to teaching beginning reading skills, Istation screens, diagnoses, and delivers differentiated early elementary grade instruction.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth

This program provides disadvantaged, school-age youth in our community with an individualized, prescriptive curriculum in math and language arts/reading designed to improve areas of academic weakness through an environment that challenges and enables them to continually expand their potential.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Awards

The Leonard Pool Impact Award 2012

United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of students receiving homework help

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Data includes homework help sessions across four BGCA sites and is a reflection of a gradual, yet steady increase in youth membership since the start of the pandemic.

Number of meals served or provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Data includes meals served across four BGCA sites and is a reflection of a gradual, yet steady increase in youth membership since the start of the pandemic.

Number of snacks served for students participating in programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Data includes snacks served across four BGCA sites during the school year and summer program and is a reflection of a gradual, yet steady increase in youth membership since the start of the pandemic.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Boys & Girls Club of Allentown will create great futures for the kids we serve by deepening our impact on their lives. We will provide a safe, positive environment which nurtures supportive relationships with adults and peers and allows our kids to engage in “fun-with-a purpose" programs and activities that make them happy and eager to come to our Club. This is our Commitment and Strategic Intent to offer an excellent overall Club experience.

• We integrate high-yield academic activities designed to provide our kids with fun experiences every day that are hands-on, outcome-driven, interactive, and which intentionally develop knowledge and skills. Among our most notable educational endeavors are our Make Your M.A.R.K.™ (grades 1-12), Istation (grades 1-5) and Power Hour (grades 1-12) programs. All are designed to reinforce skills learned in school.
• In our quest to provide a safe, secure and positive environment for our kids, we must be vigilant in upholding strict safety and security standards for our properties. The Club owns three city facilities all of which are older buildings and require constant upkeep. There are an adequate number of experienced contractors in the area who provide these services.
• Allowing our kids to engage in “fun-with-a purpose" educational, personal/social development and recreational programs and activities that make them happy and eager to come to our Club requires significant funding. Maintaining current donors and cultivating new donors is critical to our future success. It is essential that we continue to “friend-raise" as well as redouble our efforts to fund-raise.
• A non-profit organization is only as strong as its leadership. While we currently have a strong and engaged governing Board of Directors, we must continue to search for and replenish our Board with community leaders who share a common passion for our Club's mission. We expect every Board member to devote time, talent and treasure to help build an engaging and exciting Club experience for our kids. Along with our time, talent and treasure expectation, we will focus on identifying a group of leaders with diverse backgrounds to serve on our Board as we take the Boys & Girls Club of Allentown into the future.
• The Boys & Girls Club of Allentown is committed to partnering with schools and other community organizations to provide the support and services our kids need during the critical out-of-school hours. We are proud of our current standing in the community but recognize that we should continually explore new partnerships to ensure that we provide a continuity of services from elementary to high school that will attract and engage our kids, year after year.
• The Boys & Girls Club of Allentown encourages the development of supportive relationships, not only between kids and caring adults, but peer-to-peer as well. Our past successes tell us that our Club experience already has the capacity to change and save lives, due in very large measure to the relationships between and among our kids and staff. Therefore, we need to provide our staff with affordable, available resources that develop their professional skills to enable them to continue to serve as positive role models for our kids and flourish in their own personal careers.

For over 85 years, the Boys & Girls Club of Allentown has been providing challenging programs and services to youth, ages 6 - 18, in our community. The Allentown School District (ASD), where the majority of our members attend school, is the third largest urban school system in PA, serving a population of nearly 16,000 culturally diverse students - 100% receive free/reduced lunch and 89% are minority. We work closely with the schools, the Housing Authority and other partners to identify youth in need of our services. Our operations include four inner-city Clubhouses. We implement tested curriculums from Boys & Girls Clubs of America to ensure we have the best youth development practices and that we are offering quality opportunities for our constituents to succeed.

The Boys & Girls Club of Allentown has a strong professional youth development staff with the capabilities to accomplish our strategies. The Chief Executive Officer has led the agency for over 20 years and has over 39 years in management of non-profit organizations and as an advocate for youth and families in our community. The Director of Operations has over 5 years with the Boys & Girls Club movement and is very familiar with its mission and philosophy. Several of our youth development professionals have been with this agency for over 25 years. All of the senior staff have college degrees and several hold Masters in related fields.

We operate 4 Clubhouses throughout the Allentown area. Every day, our Club strives to fulfill its mission of enabling young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. By growing our membership, while increasing the frequency of their attendance and lengthening the long-term participation of all Club members, we seek to expand our positive impact on our community's children and teens. We hope to reach and serve more areas with children in need of our life changing programs and services.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Boys & Girls Club of Allentown

Board of directors
as of 07/07/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Joseph Posh

Paul Barbehenn

Mary Claire Megargle

Joesph Posh

Debra Mackin

Michael Blum, Esq.

Scott Brantingson

William Chisholm

Edward Easterly, Esq.

Dr. J. Nathan Hagstrom

Marc Kuster

Ted Lyons

Erin Pietrulewicz

Tyrone Reed

Anthony Rivera

Stephen Russo

William Ryan

Janet Whitehead

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/12/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

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Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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