The numbers are astronomical. In the US, 1 in every 3 black children live in poverty, with total child poverty at record levels of over 16 million. So we knew we had to do more than just create a rock-solid show that was psychologically sound to make an impact. That's why we chose to promote, support and endorse two of America's premier Youth Organizations, the YMCA and the BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF AMERICA. Year after year both of these well respected organizations deliver proven results, helping millions of at-risk kids work towards reaching their full potential in life. The kids that attend our show or see our featured story on television will now have a greater awareness that there is a local, safe and caring place they can go, to receive  the ongoing life-building skills they need to live the life they deserve.

Results & Impact

"It's a Team Effort"*


Facts & Figures

•The Y is a leading nonprofit organization for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

•The Y is a powerful association of men, women, and children committed to bringing about lasting personal and social change. With a focus on nurturing the potential of every child and teen, improving the nation’s health and well-being and providing opportunities to give back and support neighbors, the Y enables youth, adults, families and communities to be healthy, confident, connected and secure.

•In the U.S., the Y is comprised of YMCA of the USA, a national resource office, and more than 2,700 YMCAs with approximately 19,000 fulltime staff and 600,000 volunteers in 10,000 communities across the country.

•The Y engages 9 million youth and 13 million adults each year in the U.S.

•Worldwide, the Y serves more than 45 million people in 119 countries. Ys across the U.S. play an integral role in strengthening the leadership and youth programs of the Y around the world.

•Members, staff and volunteers of the Y include men, women and children of all ages and from all walks of life.

•The Y offers programs, services and initiatives focused on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, according to the unique needs of the communities it engages.

•The Y is accessible to all people. Financial assistance is offered to individuals and families who cannot afford membership.

•The Y is guided by four core values: caring, honesty, respect, responsibility.

Youth Development--Education and Leadership:


Facts & Figures

For more than a century, Clubs have helped put young people on the path to great futures. Boys & Girls Clubs annually serve nearly 4 million young people, through membership and community outreach, in some 4,000 Club facilities throughout the country and BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. BGCA's 2012 Annual Report How We Serve

•The Boys & Girls Club Movement includes more than 1,140 independent organizations and the national organization, Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

•Through our Atlanta headquarters, regional service centers and a Government Relations office in Washington, D.C., BGCA provides assistance and support to Clubs in youth program development, resource development, marketing and communications, and more.

•Independent Boys & Girls Club organizations, which are governed locally, serve youth and communities in more than 4,000 Club locations.

•In 2012, Boys & Girls Club youth development programs, training and services impacted nearly 4 million children and teens.

•Child safety is our No. 1 priority; BGCA provides a 24-hour hotline, training and the latest resources to help Clubs be safe places for our nation's youth.

Our Reach and Scope

4,074 chartered Club facilities, including approximately:

•1,400 in schools

•400 BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide

•300 in public housing

•200 Native American lands

About the Youth We Serve

•5% are 5 years old and under

•46% are 6-10 years old

•20% are 11-12 years old

•19% are 13-15 years old

•10% are 16 and older

•55% are male

•45% are female

Ethnicity of Youth Served

•Caucasian – 31%

•African-American – 29%

•Hispanic/Latino – 23%

•Multi-racial – 5%

•Asian-American – 3%

•American Indian or Alaska Native – 3%

The Believe & Achieve Tour Anything's Possible!


Facts and Figures

*The Believe & Achieve Tour is not affiliated in any way or in partnership with the YMCA and/or the BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF AMERICA. Additionally, the YMCA and BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF AMERICA. does not endorse or support The Believe & Achieve Tour. The Believe & Achieve Tour chose to independently promote, support and endorse both of the aforementioned youth organizations.