Boys & Girls Club of Cathedral City

Special Needs Specialty Staff 2018-2019 Grant Application

Project Overview

Organization: Boys & Girls Club of Cathedral City
Project: Special Needs Specialty Staff
Contact Person: Scott Robinson
Address: 32141 Whispering Palms Trail
Phone: 760-770-4965
Amount Requested: 14528
Purpose of Funds:

Special Needs Youth Staff Funding

Number of Children Impacted: 72
Impact per Child:


Ages of Children: elementary,middle school,high school
Geographic Area: WV
Time of Year: Ongoing
Needs Addressed: Special Needs
Past Recipient: No
Information Forum Attended: CC

Project Details

Project Summary:

Who does the project serve:/Where, when, and how it is conducted:
Every day after school numerous special needs school buses pull up to the Boys & Girls Club of Cathedral City (BGCCC) and drop off children that appear all across the special needs spectrum. The parent's desperately need after school child care for their special needs children. And these children are in need of skills development for successful daily interactions and integration into their adult lives. According to the 2016 HARC report, "Approximately 18.2 percent of Coachella Valley children age three and older have been diagnosed with one or more mental health disorders. The common mental health disorder is attention deficit disorder/attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADD/ADHD)."
These youth receive special support services at school. But, there are limited resources for them in the after school setting. BGCCC provides a safe, inclusive, learning environment for these children. Through a Special Needs Specialty Staff we will be able to provide more of a one-on-one supervision and developmental activities for these youth.
Why do you believe the project is necessary:
A Desert Sun article published February 26, 2018 stated, "For the past several years, all Coachella Valley School Districts have each seen a higher enrollment in special education." Similar, Boys & Girls Clubs of America has seen an increase of special needs youth in our Club's after school programs. As the Desert Sun article continued, "There's a huge need." said Kristyn Spears, an operations manager Center for Autism and Related Disorders.
Has this program been effective previously or is it a new strategy:
We currently have a partnership with United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) to mainstream special needs youth at our Club two days a week. This program has proven to be successful yet does not reach the amount of youth in need. In addition, three days a week these youth have no support staff to cater to their needs.

Goals for use of ACF Funds:

Goal 1: Provide Special Needs Specialty Staff for Youth Safety
Objective 1: Secure funding to hire specialized staff
The specialty staff would be able to supervisor and guide these youth through building a healthy relationship with self.

Goal 2: Teach special needs youth how to develop and maintain a healthy relationship with others
Objective 2: Teach socialization and inclusion through implementation of the BGCA "Disability Inclusion Kit"

Goal 3: Increase independence for our special needs youth
Objective 3: Train & develop the special needs youth through activities and interactions to enhance responsible decision making. Through role modeling and constant feedback provide social cues to healthy decision making.

Reliance on ACF Funds:

This is a new unmet need identified by our organization and therefore have not previously budgeted for its implementation. At this time we are 100% reliant on ACF funding to get this project off the ground. With the success of the program we will be able to outreach to other funding sources via grants and fundraising efforts.

Future Plans:

The start-up funding will ensure the proper curriculum and educational enhancement activities will be implemented and recorded for future years implementation. Through, the training of volunteers, teens, and staff we will educate this population to assist with the implementation of Special Needs Inclusion Program. We will continue to learn from BGCA and other professional organizations to help address this unmet need.


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Total Request: 14528


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