Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County Celebrates Graduates
FORT MYERS, FL (June 23, 2015) – The Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County (BGCLC) is proud to announce that 7 Members graduated high school this year! The graduation rate in Lee County is 75.2% and the drop-out rate is 3.9%. The BGCLC vision is to provide a Club experience that assures success is within reach of every young person who enters their doors, with all members on track to graduate from high school with a plan for the future, demonstrating good character and citizenship, and living a healthy lifestyle. From becoming a doctor, to working as a social worker in Lee County, all 7 graduates succeeded in successfully completing high school and are on the right track for their great futures.
“We are so proud of our high school graduates,” said Donja Massop, Program Director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County. “With the obstacles that our Members face, it makes graduating high school a challenge. Our Clubs make it possible to avoid risky behaviors and keeps kids safe and off the streets where crime can happen. Children then have the time to focus on their academics, their lifestyles, and their futures while being engaged and cared for. ”
The Clubs have a five core program curriculum, covering academics, character building, leadership, arts, sports and fitness, and healthy lifestyles. BGCLC’s most utilized program is Power Hour, which provides homework help and tutoring. During the summer, the most utilized time is Brain Gain, which helps prevent the summer learning loss that contributes to the alarming achievement gap between low and high-income youth.
The new graduates were treated to a dinner at Firestone where they tried calamari for the first time, enjoyed a nice restaurant experience, and shared their most enjoyable memories of the Clubs and how it has impacted their lives.
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