A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was entered on February 4, 2021 between Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Arizona (BGCCAZ) and West Yavapai Guidance Clinic (WYGC) for the purpose of creating a professional partnership between the two entities to better serve the well-being of the youth who are part of BGCCAZ, especially those members who may require more substantive mental or behavioral health care.
BGCCAZ CEO, Nicole Kennedy, says, “As we continue to adapt and grow, we are thrilled to be partnering with West Yavapai Guidance Clinic to help us to move the needle in addressing the unique needs of our youth.” The MOU term is one year at which time the relationship will be reviewed and changes will be made as required. BGCCAZ and WYGC will work together to establish consistent procedures to ensure the requirements of youth who are referred from the Club are met and the needs of WYGC are fulfilled.
The MOU follows BGCCAZ’s recent achievement in creating a Strategic Visioning Plan for 2021-2026, crafted with the involvement of staff and board, and the oversight of an external expert. The plan includes programming excellence, enhancing community partnerships, building exceptional infrastructure, and addressing growth and sustainability. Considering all challenges faced over the past year, the Clubs are proud to have been able to formalize a plan that will guide the organization in reaching new levels of excellence.
Based on the Club’s newly revamped vision “Recognizing Greatness in Every Club Member”, the Strategic Visioning Plan serves as the road map to elevate the critical role of the Clubs in creating measurable, life-changing impact for youth. With that in mind, the mission of BGCCAZ was adjusted to reflect how the organization has matured and developed its own style of work that reflects the local community and its needs. “We are steadfast in promoting greatness in our Club youth and their families through inspirational leadership and transformational programs.”