Mr. Bart McFadden, President and CEO
John D. Lee Administrative Offices
967 Irwin Street
Knoxville, TN 37917
Child Food – $175,000
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley’s Child Food Program addresses the critical need of childhood hunger in Knox County. The Child Food Program provides USDA approved supper meals to youth in our afterschool program, summer boxed lunches and afternoon snacks to youth during our summer program, and breakfast or morning snacks to youth during the summer program (as well as snacks and meals to youth during school breaks when youth are out of school and attending the Club).
Healthy Lifestyles – $75,000
The Healthy Lifestyles Programs involves youth in physical activity through engaging youth in physical fitness activities and games at the Club and teaches youth healthy eating habits through interactive nutrition education programs. The programs provide opportunities to learn about and practice living healthy lifestyles so that they will be on track to have healthy futures.
Life Skills – $93,750
The Lifeskills program serves middle and high school students across 12 Knox County Club sites, where program components such as Be Great: Graduate (Academic Mentoring Program), CareerLaunch, and Keystone and Torch Club (service Clubs) will be offered, while high school students at six KCS High Schools will be served through the Talent Search and Pipeline program components. Overall, the Life Skills Program prepares middle and high school students with the skills needed to succeed beyond high school as they progress into adulthood, enabling them to become productive, caring citizens.
Prevention & Safety – $85,000
The Prevention & Safety program includes specialized initiatives to reach youth most at risk and in need (such as our Social & Emotional Wellness Initiative and our Juvenile Justice Outreach Program), includes the delivery of primary prevention curriculums to be delivered to many youth across all Knox County Club sites, and includes integrating the teaching of key community safety messages through fun program activities when youth participate in the Club programs every day. The combination of these programs reach youth who need us most–those who face multiple risk factors for future health problems or crisis–and works to prevent health issues from occurring through not only teaching youth the consequences of engaging in risk behaviors–but more importantly, equipping youth with the skill sets necessary to build resiliency, build positive social skills, and practice healthy and safe behaviors so that they may have healthy futures.
Project Learn: The Educational Enhancement Program – $187,500
The Project Learn program serves students in grades K-12 across 12 Knox County Club locations. Project Learn Program components include homework help, tutoring, educational enrichment through high yield learning activities, collaboration with schools, and parent involvement. Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley also engages youth in an array of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs through the CLUB STEM Program and works to prevent summer learning loss through the Brain Gain: Summer Learning Initiative, with these two programs working in conjunction with the key Project Learn components to provide a strong foundation for academic success for all Club youth served.
Youthforce – $60,000
The YouthForce program enables high school students in Knox County to become first-job ready, develop a future plan, and build the skills employers value most. The program implements a model of progressive learning experiences in the form of soft-skills training, paid work-based learning experiences, and technical training exposure. YouthForce bridges the gap between the need’s teens have for workforce training with the need that area companies must have a skilled, workforce with the emerging needs.
Scholarship Program – $115,581
The Scholarship Program provides short-term scholarships to families for youth who need immediate childcare and are within the six-week waiting period to be approved through TN DHS for Child Care Payment Assistance Program. The Scholarship Program also provides long-term scholarships to families who do not qualify for state childcare assistance programs or come from extenuating circumstances where affordable childcare options are needed so that parents may continue to work or go to college to support family needs for long-term financial stability.
“We exist to help every kid we serve reach their full potential… We serve over 8,000 kids a year with programs that seek to create positive outcomes in the areas of academic success, healthy lifestyles, and good character and citizenship.”