Nonprofit Challenged With “Affluent” Scottsdale Perception

By Jess Moran ~ When working to improve the lives of at-risk youth, battling a zip code stereotype has unfortunately become an issue for some organizations. For instance, having the name “Scottsdale” in a name can deter donors who may think the city is generally affluent. Startling statistics reveal otherwise.

“Over 70 percent of children living south of Camelback Road have never been to a dentist – and 25 percent of 12th graders reported being drunk or high at school in the past year,” says Barry Chasse, Chairman of the Board for The Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale.

He says his organization will not rest until youth in all areas can be given the opportunity to reach their full potential.

“We realize it’s not always about what we are saving youth from, but what we are working to inspire them to become,” adds Chasse.

Residents can help at-risk youth in their own backyard, according to Chaase, by supporting The Boys and Girls Clubs offer programs taught by professionally trained staff to provide outlets for kids to learn healthy living habits, build positive character skills and achieve academic success. Those interested in supporting the organization through the Working Poor Tax Credit, visit www.bgcs.org. |CST

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