Mid-Peninsula Boys & Girls Club (MPBGC) is a premier, non-profit youth development agency with a mission to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. Our belief is that only through committed investment in young people can we ever hope to shape the future for the better.
A staggering 83% of our members live in abject poverty with an annual household income of less than $33,300 as (HUD/California HCD (2012)). 58% of members are Latino; 12% Asian; 11% African-American; 7% Pacific Islander; 6% Filipino; 3% Caucasian; 2% Middle Eastern; and 1% Mixed Race. A startling 64% of members live in single-parent households with 97% as female-head of household. With parents in the workforce during after-school hours, most are unable to assist their children with schoolwork and/or participate in familial activities that strengthen the parent-child relationshipositive adults whole communities suffer and deteriorate. Language barriers (84% of membersí households speak another language other than English at home); an uninformed, and/or uneducated citizenry (52% of parents do not have a high-school diploma compared with 86% of San Mateo and 82% of Daly City residents who possess at least a high-school diploma (US Census, 2000)) often perpetuates the hopelessness that plagues the communities in which we serve. Under such circumstances youth are at an increased risk for criminal/gang involvement, substance abuse, overweight or obesity, teen-pregnancy and poor academic achievement. Based on both the Academic Performance Index (API) and 2011 STAR standardized tests for the schools that we primarily serve in North Central and North East San Mateo and the Bayshore District (Daly City) we can conclude that our members are academically at-risk. API scores for these schools are well below the county average of 840. These students fall double-digit percentage points behind the county average for language arts, math/algebra and science proficiencies. Jefferson and San Mateo high schools (where the majority of our teens attend) have among the highest drop out rates in the county. Based on the most recent Juvenile Crime Record, Daly City and San Mateo have the highest juvenile and felony level arrests in the county.
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