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Youth group members are good students

Jeff Munson, Tribune city editor

An independent evaluation of the Boy and Girls Club of Lake Tahoe found more than 70 percent of its members perform at or above California’s math and English standards.

The study, paid for by the 21st Century Community Learning Center grant, tracked 139 sixth- through eighth-grade students from June 2001 through May 2002 at the South Lake Tahoe site, where there are 540 members.

“The overall project has achieved a great deal of success in improving student grades, test scores and teacher survey results,” according to the report, conducted by Jauquet and Associates, a Genoa-based consulting firm.

The findings show that 74.2 percent of club members maintained or improved their math grades, while 78.9 percent maintained or improved their language arts grades.

In standardized achievement test scores, 72.4 percent of the students performed at or above their grade level on math test scores and 77.5 percent of students performed at or above average in language arts test scores.

An average of 72 percent of students had improved school performance based on a teachers’ survey.

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“Youth are offered structure with choices when they participate in our program day,” said Megan Tannaci, program director. “We run a variety of age-appropriate activities every hour based on our five core program areas.”

Those areas include: Character and leadership development; education and career development; health and life skills; the arts; and sports, fitness and recreation.

“It’s these areas of concentration that we believe are leading to the success of our kids,” said De-Anne Hooper, executive director of Boys and Girls Club of Lake Tahoe. “With activity sign-in sheets, club members are accounted for throughout the program.”

The Boys and Girls Club of Lake Tahoe is a nonprofit organization and is affiliated with Boys and Girls Club of America, which serves children ages 6 to 18.

The club operates at two sites, in California and Nevada, Monday through Friday, 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. The program requests a $10 per year membership due and sponsors those who are unable to afford the expense.

Call the administrative office at (530) 542-0838 for more information on the program.

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