The primary goal of Boys and Girls Country is to provide a home for children from families in crisis and to ensure their care, welfare, safety and security. In addition to furnishing their basic needs, our program works with each child toward two important objectives. First, each child is able to build relationships, acquire responsibilities, and grow and develop within the context of a stable, structured and loving home environment. Second, every child sets and achieves realistic short- and long-term goals with essential behavioral health support and remedial academic tutoring.
These metrics are used together to evaluate progress toward attaining individual goals and objectives. In 2016, Boys and Girls Country was home to 122 children and young adults. Five students graduated from high school and transitioned to the College and Career program. Our family celebrated Alex's graduation from the University of Texas and the start of her new job at a tech firm in Seattle. The campus grade point average (GPA) was a 3.4, and the College and Career GPA for the fall semester was a 3.0! Progress for all children was followed with a Plan of Service, and our kids received tutoring and counseling as needed. See our goals and measurement methods here.
Some of the 2016 milestones of the Boys and Girls Country program include:
Since 1971, a total of 1,525 children have found a home at Boys and Girls Country;
Tutors help our students maintain close to an average campus-wide GPA of 3.4;
Since opening the College and Career campus in 1997, 119 of our children have graduated from high school. Of those, 90 (83%) transitioned to the College and Career program.To date, 31% (22) have obtained college or technical degrees (3 of those went on to obtain advanced degrees), eight joined the military, and 12 are currently working toward a college or technical degree. (Only 20% of children in foster care attend college, and 3% of youth who age out of foster care attain a four-year degree, according to a study by Casey Family Programs.)