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Stories of Impact: Boys and Girls Club of Bangor

by Katie Manter

This case study is part of MANP’s Stories of Impact series highlighting the many ways Maine’s nonprofits are essential to a strong and healthy Maine. Read MANP’s full Adding Impact Report. 

Growing up in poverty can adversely affect children and is a strong predictor of children’s success in school and adult employment earnings. Poverty can negatively impact cognitive development; lead to behavioral, social, and emotional problems; increase the risk for health challenges; and impede a child’s ability to learn. According to studies, one in six children in Maine lives in poverty.*

The Boys and Girls Club (the Club), focused on children in 1st – 12th grades living in Bangor Housing, strives to enable these youth to reach their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens.

The Club offers students experiences designed to lead to higher graduation rates, greater college enrollment and college completion, better preparation for the job market, and improved health and wellness outcomes for the duration of their lives.

About the Club:

  • 76% Club members are eligible for free or reduced lunch compared to the statewide average of 46% eligible students.
  • 224 youth participate in Club programming annually with a 77% attendance rate.
  • 24 volunteers donate their time annually.
  • 97% of Club teens expect to graduate from high school compared to the state’s 87% average and 69% expect to complete some form of post-secondary education compared to the statewide average of 40%.
  • 74% of Club teens volunteer in their community.
  • 79% of Club members are physically active.

*Data from Maine Equal Justice Partners

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