Boys & Girls Clubs of America and University of California System Partner to Improve College, Career Readiness

Thousands of youth in California will soon benefit from a partnership that aims to improve college and career readiness of Boys & Girls Club members while increasing the University of California (UC) System’s in-state enrollment and the diversity of its undergraduates statewide. The partnership also reinforces Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s (BGCA) ongoing commitment to ensure that every club member graduates from high school on time and is prepared for college and a 21st century career.

As a part of the partnership, UC’s 10-campus system will provide the state’s BGCA members and their families with college and career information, campus exposure, resources, and support, as well as pathways to apply to and enroll at UC schools. In turn, high school students in UC’s Early Academic Outreach Programs will have access to club facilities and leadership opportunities.

The program will launch later this year with three pilot sites in Pasadena, San Francisco, and Merced. California BGCA clubs currently serve 560,000 youth. The UC System aims to reach 6,000 middle and high school students in the first wave of the partnership before expanding.

The UC System is a member of BGCA’s National Higher Education Access and Scholarship Task Force, which supports the postsecondary pursuits of America’s teens.

INSIGHT Into Diversity publisher Lenore Pearlstein is also a member of the task force.