For 50 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of Puerto Rico (BGCPR) has delivered comprehensive services to youth. BGCPR has been extraordinarily successful in scaling up to meet thousands of children's needs- we are currently the largest youth serving organization in Puerto Rico, with 13 locations that serve over 15,000 youth each year. We provide safety and support during critical hours of the day, strong role models, and organized programming around education, health and life skills, the arts, leadership, and sports & recreation. Yet, given the complex and persistent issues in Puerto Rico, such as violence, hunger, poverty and the current economic crisis, BGCPR must look to move to a comprehensive economic development vision.
In August 2018, the full Vimenti two-generation model launched including the first public Charter School in Puerto Rico. Our goal is to develop a community of committed life learners with children on the path to demonstrate grade based developmental and academic competencies and skills.
With the overarching goal of supporting children, youth and families, we are developing an evidence-based model that provides support, skills and experience to children and families so they come out of poverty into economic security.