United Way of the Midlands Awards $715,200 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands Grant to Fund Basic Needs and Academic Success for Children in Poverty

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United Way of the Midlands Awards $715,200 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands Grant to Fund Basic Needs and Academic Success for Children in Poverty

United Way of the Midlands Awards $715,200 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands Grant to Fund Basic Needs and Academic Success for Children in Poverty

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands (BGCM) is pleased to announce it was recently awarded a $715,200 grant from United Way of the Midlands. BGCM programming will focus on two primary areas: meeting the basic needs of children in poverty and ensuring that children are ready to learn and achieving academic success.

Thanks to the generosity of United Way, BGCM is able to support more than 6,000 underserved youth each year, seeing an average of more than 1,800 youth a day. With eleven service sites located in the Omaha metro area, BGCM is part of the collective effort to transform the community by providing youth with impactful, fun and educational opportunities in a safe and caring environment. With the help of United Way, BGCM is able to offer more high-quality programs that create happy and healthy children and teens today while building a foundation of success for tomorrow.

A few of the highlighted programs at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands include:

  • Readers to Leaders is an educational program focused on closing the literacy gap in economically disadvantaged children. Readers to Leaders targets BGCM members with low reading scores, teaching reading skills through an online software called Headsprout. Members begin with Early Reading and progress to Reading Comprehension. Club member progress is measured through benchmark assessments and a norm-referenced test, which provides a child’s instructional reading level, grade equivalent and zone of proximal development. Goals are set, reached and achievement is recognized.
  • BGCM’s Power Hour program offers a structured time and place for staff and volunteers to help all Club members with completion of an important aspect of the educational process: homework.
  • Triple Play and SMART Moves programing that teaches youth about the importance of lifelong physical fitness and prevention of high-risk behaviors.
  • The Daily Meal Program provides every Club member at least one hot, nutritious meal each day. BGCM serves more than 300,000 healthy meals to Club members annually.

“BGCM’s partnership with United Way of the Midlands is vitally impactful because our collaboration allows us to serve the Omaha metro’s most underserved youth by providing a nutritious meal and a safe place to go while preparing them for future success with Academic, Good Character & Leadership, and Healthy Lifestyles programs,” Ivan Gilreath, President/CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands said.

For more information about this award or to arrange interviews please contact Ashley Winans, Chief Development Officer, at 402-342-1600 or awinans@bgcomaha.org.


My life and my family's foundation was established at the Boys Clubs back in the late 60's. My mother believed in what the Club meant in our lives and I will celebrate my 35th year in the Movement this year. I am so honored to have learned from the some of the best men around…Bill Hinckley, Tom Davis, Ike Snell, Dwight Day, Fred Schott, Don Preister, Maurice Lambert, Lonnie McIntosh, Walter Henderson, Wayne Houston and Bob Solonynka.