The Need

Boys & Girls Clubs of America wanted to look at the out-of-school-time needs of youth ages 5-18 in Indiana and how well Indiana Clubs are fulfilling those needs. In Indiana, 68% of youth between these ages are in need of care because all parents are in the workforce which tells us there are numerous opportunitiesĀ for Clubs across the state.

The Solution

This project had three major phases: completing a needs assessment, facilitating site assessments, and create a 5-year strategic plan.

First, our team tackled the needs assessment report. This looked at qualitative and quantitative data on all Indiana youth. Through this process, we came across may highlights and takeaways regarding Indiana youth:

  • There are 1.1 million youth ages 6-17
  • 1 in 5 youth are in poverty
  • 1 in 10 of Indiana's teens and young adults ages 16-24 are neither working nor in school
  • 61% of high school graduates enroll in college
  • Less than half (48.5%) of Indiana adults have a postsecondary credential or degree
  • 1 in 5 high school students have seriously contemplated attempting suicide

After gathering this data, we assessed other out-of-school-time options across the state to help identify trends, gaps, and opportunities for Indiana Clubs. We then created a comprehensive report and an interactive dashboard to make the data available for further analysis at the local Club level. Clubs can filter the data by county and zip code. They can also see how their communities and Clubs compare to others.

The second phase of this project included facilitating site assessments of all 31 Indiana Clubs. Our team developed data tools such as surveys, focus group questions, and key informant interview questions, along with a collection process to easily gather and organize feedback. We then split up the Clubs and visited all 31. We toured the facilities and interviewed leaders and key stakeholders. From this information, we created a summary report and data dashboard to highlight the key findings.

Lastly, we created a 5-year strategic implementation plan. This included benchmark research of proven and promising out-of-school-time strategies. We also facilitated a strategic planning retreat to reach consensus on the 5-year plan. This all accumulated into the development of a visually appealing strategic plan report to be easily used by the local Clubs. Finally, we collaborated with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America team on how to best communicate the results of the project to local Clubs and other relevant stakeholders.

I cannot tell you how important the dashboard site will be for strategic planning, strategic growth, grant writing, updating cases for support and general resource development. Thank you for what you and your team are doing to support Indiana Boys & Girls Clubs.

Jeff Amy, Director of Organizational Development


  • Needs Assessment Report on Indiana youth
  • Site Assessment Analysis for all 31 Indiana Clubs
  • 5-year Strategic Plan Report