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Boys and Girls Club of Dayton (BGCD) Campus Renewal
The BGCD in West Dayton was built in 1960 and is need of significant repair as space, equipment, and program flexibility are limited. The BGCD Campus plan would also provide new safe outdoor recreation and education spaces for Club members and the community at large. The BGCD has developed a $5 million campus plan to rejuvenate the facility and develop the campus to become a community anchor and asset to the Miami Chapel Plan.
Boys and Girls Club of Dayton
1828 W. Stewart St., Dayton, Ohio 45417 Dayton, Ohio. 45417
Ohio Mental Health & Addiction Services (OhioMHAS)Community Resiliency Project Grants; Ohio Attorney Generals Office; Office of Justice Programs (federal) as well as future state capital budgets
The west Dayton Miami Chapel neighborhood surrounding the BGCD has approximately 3169 kids ages 5 to 17. It is home to two public housing developments and over 60% of these children are living in poverty. The risk factors facing these children are significant - the Learn to Earn Know the Gap Close the Gap report demonstrates that these children face a widening achievement gap when compared to their peers; 43% of the adult residents in the neighborhood have no high school diploma; 17% of the houses are vacant; and per the Ohio Housing Finance Agency, every street adjacent to and within a three-mile radius of the Boys and Girls Club of Dayton is a HUD designated target street or an economically distressed street. In addition to these factors, 90% of the children are living in a single parent household and 80% receive free and reduced lunch. The BGCD provides evidenced based programming that provides great outcomes and a safe place, but because our facility was built in 1960, it is inefficient and badly in need of repair as space, equipment, and program flexibility are limited. Providing an renewed and anchor campus will make a significant investment in kids futures and a visible impact in the neighborhood.
Our plan calls for renovating our facility and grounds to include program spaces, indoor and outdoor recreational and learning spaces and creating spaces that can enhance our programming and experiential learning. Today BGCD provides programs and services to approximately 355 members including on site, summer, and after school programs. However with the renovations and expanded spaces, we could add more members, increase safety and satisfaction. Our program impact and Club Experience goals for the project include increasing club membership by 50% - with most of that coming from the surrounding neighborhood; increasing frequency of attendance by 20%; increasing 3rd grade literacy of Club members by 5%; improving 8th grade math proficiency of Club members by 5%;increasing parent and member satisfaction of the Club experience by 10%; adding a community component to the outdoor recreational space and weekend usage of the club - including the gym and pool.
Increasing membership will require addition programming and operational staff members by one member per every 15 new club members. In addition, the outdoor space will require one full time and several seasonal workers through partnerships with other groups.