When it comes to serving children, Kiwanis International and Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) both have long and successful histories. For the past five years, the two organizations have worked together, promoting and supporting local Kiwanis and Boys & Girls Clubs partnerships at the grassroots level.
This past spring, the leaders of Kiwanis and BGCA met to explore working together to achieve an even greater impact on kids and communities nationwide. Along with the national leadership of other select community-based organizations, they discussed a National Mentor Recruitment Partnership to address the mentoring needs of all children—with an emphasis on closing the mentor gap for minority males in the United States.
At the local level, the National Mentor Recruitment Partnership model is simple. Nearly 1,300 local Boys & Girls Clubs have received National Mentoring Programs grants from BGCA and the U.S. Office of Justice Programs. And the professional staffs of local Boys & Girls Clubs have been trained to reach out to their local Kiwanis clubs. The local Clubs and Kiwanis clubs may work with each other to determine the need for and feasibility of mentor-recruitment partnerships in their communities. BGCA will provide all appropriate and required communications, reporting, recognition, technical assistance and partnership-management support.
To learn more about the Boys & Girls Club Movement, or to locate your local Boys & Girls Clubs, please visit Find a Club at www.bgca.org.