A Year in Review: Boys & Girls Clubs of Fauquier Makes Great Strides in 2018

Almost a year after becoming debt-free, the Club exceeds programmatic and Optimal Club Experience goals.

This time last year, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Fauquier finalized its plans to eradicate a longstanding debt on the Keith Street Clubhouse building, a resolution that was made official on February 7, 2018. Almost a full year later, the Club is keeping its promise to show donors, grantors and supporters how their generosity would directly impact the Club’s youth through programmatic improvements and enhancements.

The Club wrote into its strategic plan a number of objectives that would contribute to its mission—to help boys and girls develop character and acquire the skills needed to become productive, civic-minded, responsible adults. Now debt-free, the Club has been able to focus closely on these objectives, which include programmatic enhancements, improvements to members’ Club experience, growing its footprint in Fauquier County to reach more kids, and maintaining the highest standards of safety and security.

In June, the Club hired a full-time program director to increase and improve program efficacy and equity among Clubs. As a result of the specialized dedication to programs, the Club introduced and enhanced seven new comprehensive programs to offer the kids more diverse, mission-focused opportunities, including equine-assisted youth leadership training, Girls who CODE, and Mobile Maker Space to teach STEM concepts.

Each spring, members of the Boys & Girls Clubs participate in the National Youth Outcome Initiative (NYOI) survey, conducted nationally to measure the impact of the clubs. As a result of the year’s efforts, the Fauquier Club improved its Optimal Club Experience by 10%, exceeding its original goal to improve by 7% each year. The NYOI report indicated another testament to the Club’s commitment to its kids: 93% of Club kids were surveyed, an outstanding achievement in comparison to the 13% of members surveyed nationally.The Club also earned significant improvements in 14 of 16 major NYOI reporting areas.According to the 2018 NOYI report, 100% of the children surveyed said that they did not engage in risky behaviors (defined as smoking, alcohol, marijuana & fighting).

Additionally, the Fauquier Club became one of two known clubs nationally to have a dedicated mental health person (Club’s Clinical Program Coordinator)on staff.This year the Club made it a requirement for all staff to become certified in Youth Mental Health First Aid, which is now recommended by Boys & Girls Club of America to all Clubs worldwide. The Club already requires annual background checks from all staff, volunteers and board members, and employs the 2-deep protocol (no less than two staff members present at all times) to ensure accountability from all staff.

“We aspire to nothing short of excellence in program; we are on a continuous quest for improvements in impact and efficiency,” shared the Club’s CEO for the past four years, Lynne Richman Bell. “Our kids, all kids, deserve exposure to new opportunities and experiences to lay the ground work for caring, productive and responsible citizenship. Our goal is to close the gap for the kids who need us most in areas of health and wellness, both physically and emotionally, and career success. Ours is truly a labor of love for our local culture and economy through life changing youth programming.”

On April 8, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Fauquier opened its newest location in Marshall, operating in Marshall Middle School.

Most recently, BGCA Government Relations named the Boys & Girls Clubs of Fauquier a 2018 Club Advocacy Championfor its touch points with local, state and federal elected officials.

Demonstrated over the course of a single year, the Club has made resounding headway to meet and exceed its goals, as well as keep its word to focus on efficiency and effectiveness while creating the optimal Club experience for the community’s youth.

The Boys & Girls Club of Fauquier was established in 1997 in Taylor Middle School to help all boys and girls of all backgrounds, especially those who need us most to build confidence, develop character, and acquire the skills needed to become productive, civic-minded, responsible adults. The Club currently operates out of a facility on Keith Street in Warrenton and Cedar Lee Middle School in Bealeton.  The Club serves almost 500 children annually, ages 5 to 18.

For more information, contact Lynne Richman Bell at 540-454-0861 or lynne@bgcfauquier.org.

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1 Comment

  1. I appreciate the Fauquier B&G more than they will ever know. I want to say I am particularly Grateful for the Bealeton campus location where my daughter, Justyss attends during the school year. The ladies that run that location are nothing but the BEST!!! My daughter attends The Warrenton location during the summer and her experience has been essential to her growth. Thank you Boys & Girls of Fauquier-
    -mother, Jennifer Miller

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