The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas has been an active Chamber member since 1944. In that time, they, much like the DRC, have changed over time. Learn more about the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas from Tosha Di Iorio. You can vote for them in our Chalk the Vote Education Challenge. There are only 6 more days to vote in the first round.
DRC: Tell us a little about your organization?
TDI: Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas enables all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.
DRC: How is your work helping to increase the graduation rate, encourage college & career readiness or promote education best practices?
TDI: Project Learn, a nationally-recognized program implemented by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas, provides after-school tutoring and home work assistance from certified instructors based a teacher to student ratio of 1:6. More than 500 youth receive after school tutoring through this program, which is tracked carefully to ensure its success. For those members that do not wish to attend a four-year college, we encourage our Career Ready technical skill program, and partner with Dallas County Community College District.
DRC: How many individuals are you currently working with?
TDI: Today, we have over 5,000 members in our 14 Clubs and see an average daily attendance of over 1100.
DRC: What is your greatest challenge?
TDI: We touch the lives of so many in the Dallas area, but there are more youth out there to reach. Our challenge is, day-to-day, making sure the community and parents are aware Clubs are here to serve those that need us most. We continue to grow and align with investors to sponsor educational programs and serve more kids.
DRC: Why should people vote for you in Chalk the Vote?
TDI: Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas is shaping and improving the education path for youth in our community ages 6-18. It’s a journey as we help develop the whole child – mind…body…spirit. This month we saw 59 graduating seniors from our Clubs, and celebrated as they begin their college years and career path.