Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi Receives $2,000 Grant from LongHorn to Advance Mission


Jackson, Mississippi – April 22, 2015 – Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi, continues to be the principle youth-serving agency for children living at or near poverty levels and attending public schools in the urban core of the Jackson Metropolitan Area (Hinds and Madison Counties), today announced it has been selected by the LongHorn in Madison and Flowood to receive a $2,000 grant as part of the Restaurant Community Grants program from the Darden Restaurants Foundation, the charitable arm of Darden Restaurants. The annual grants program empowers each of the LongHorn locations to help award a grant to support local community programs. The donation will enable Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi to prepare our members for a post-secondary education and career success.

“The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi appreciate Darden’s support of our local organization. Funding will be used to give us the opportunity to impact the success of our youth graduating high school with plans for a post-secondary education, said Tina Taylor, Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi’s Development Director.”

“We’re proud to be able to support Boys & Girls Clubs through our Restaurant Community Grants program,” said Stephanie Ghertner, Director of the Darden Foundation. “Our team members are incredibly passionate about getting involved in their local communities, and this program enables them to do just that.”

The Darden Foundation                                                                                                              The Darden Restaurants, Inc. Foundation is the charitable arm of Darden Restaurants, Inc. The Darden Foundation’s mission is to maintain a spirit of service and community engagement as defining characteristics of Darden’s family of restaurants – Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, The Capital Grille, Eddie V’s and Yard House. Since 1995, the Darden Foundation has awarded more than $71 million in grants to leading nonprofit organizations that align with its mission and community priorities: Recipe for Success*, Preservation of Natural Resources and Good Neighbor grants. Through the Darden Harvest program, Darden Restaurants has also donated more than 77 million pounds of food to hunger relief agencies across the U.S. and Canada. In 2011, the Darden Foundation introduced the Restaurant Community Grants program that is dedicated to supporting local nonprofit organizations in the hundreds of communities where we live and serve. For more information, please visit

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Phoenix Club of Jackson 2015 Donation

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Penney King, President/CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi, with members of the Phoenix Club of Jackson.

The Phoenix Club of Jackson has made another outstanding donation to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi. This time in the amount of $60,000.00 ! We are so honored and proud of these guys and their dedication to our members and mission.

For those of you who don’t know what the Phoenix Club of Jackson is; (PCoJ) is a registered Non-Profit Organization in Jackson, MS that raises money in a social setting. They are one of our biggest catalyst in raising money for our organization. You can find a link to their website below.

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BGCCM Job Fair & Openings

BGCCM LOGO no backgroundBoys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi is looking for energetic individuals to fill the following Part-Time Positions:

  • Summer Youth Development Professional
  • Customer Service/ Front Desk
  • Lifeguards
  • Cooks

We will host a job fair for those person’s interested in filling the above positions on  April 30th, 2015, at 9:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. Located at the Capitol Unit, 1450 W. Capitol St., Jackson, MS  39203. If you have any further questions please call 601-948-7211.

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Teaching Gardens

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Our Walker Unit hosted a Teaching Garden Plant Day Celebration on Tuesday, April 14, 2015. Dozens of members were joined by their parents, American Heart Association staff members and a Jackson Heart Foundation board member in the planting vegetables in new garden boxes. One of the primary goals of the Teaching Garden is to provide children with the tools to build a foundation of healthy habits and empower their families to do the same. Healthy Habits is part of our Triple Play program. It helps to identify food groups from the USDA system as well as helping members become aware of the idea of energy balance and to understand the benefits of one hour of physical fitness a day.

For more information on Healthy Habits please see link below:


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Comcast Cares Day 2015

Major Volunteer Projects in Jackson, MS Set for Saturday April 25th

Various Projects to Headline Comcast’s Annual Day of Service

WHAT: Comcast has selected in its 2015 Comcast Cares Day project sites for Jackson, MS. More than 700 Comcast employees and local volunteers will host 6 community enhancement projects across the City of Jackson as part of Comcast Cares Day, the nation’s largest single-day corporate volunteer effort.

Local elected officials, Comcast employees, and community partners will be on hand at Comcast’s marquee project on Saturday, April 25 as they beautify our Sykes Boys & Girls Club in Jackson.

This project will encompass Club beautification including gardening, landscaping, general cleanup, painting a library and creating recreational areas for children.

WHEN: Saturday, April 25, 2015 / 7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Kickoff begins at 8 a.m. Photos with Club Members, Staff, and Volunteers available throughout the event.

WHERE: Sykes Unit / 470 Sykes Road Jackson, MS 39212

For more information and to volunteer, please visit the Boys & Girls direct project link at: 

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Boys & Girls Clubs Week “Poetry Slam”

The following poetry was written and presented by Canton Unit members. Enjoy!

“Paint a Pretty Picture”

Paint a pretty picture, that includes all the boys and girls, and show them that they are more important, than anything in this world. Paint a pretty picture, that includes all women and men, and show them that their impact on this world could be one that really transcends. Paint a pretty picture, and spread this image world wide, from the brightest scenery of Las Vegas, to the Mississippi farms of countryside. Paint a pretty picture, for all the world to of patience, joy, faith, and love, for now and all eternity.

“I’m a Big Red Tomato”

I’m a big red tomato, growing on a vine, a big red tomato, looking on, so fine. Now you can make good things with me, soup, juice, pizza, to name just three. I’m a big red tomato, growing on a vine. Grow, grow, grow.

“I’ll Pick You Up”

I’ll pick you up when you are down. I’ll never let you go. I’ll show you tender love and care, only happiness you’ll know. Our love will stand the test of time, growing stronger through the years. I’ll love you with a love so strong to wipe away your tears.

“My Club”

My Club is my home. My Club stays calm. Ms. Naomi rocks, cause she runs the clocks. Mr. Grey keep it clean, Mr. Chris blows the steam. Ms. Naomi give us rules, so we don’t act a fool. But they all care for us even Ms. Esco on the bus.


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Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi’s CEO Named Rookie of the Year


From left to right: Duane Hinshaw, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Maryah Sullivan, Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Youth of the Year, and Penney King, President/CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi

Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi has announced that President/CEO, Penney King, has been named “Rookie of the Year,” by Boys & Girls Clubs of America for the Southeast Region. The J. Richard Ullom “Rookie of the Year” Award is given to a Boys & Girls Club CEO during their first year of Presidency. Recipients of the award demonstrate excellence in leadership as shown by increases in several Boys & Girls Clubs’ metrics including attendance, revenue and programs,” according to Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

Penney was named President/CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi in September of 2013. Penney has successfully made huge improvements to all three areas; revenue, attendance, and programs. She has been a professional in the Boys & Girls Clubs’ movement for the last 19 years. Her career has taken across the country from Virginia to Georgia, Kansas City, and now Central Mississippi. Penney’s tenure with Boys & Girls Clubs began in 1997 as Program Specialist in the Roberts Village and included positions such as Program Director, Unit Director, Director of Operations, Director of Teen Services with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Project Director of the Georgia State Alliance.

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Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi Celebrates Local Youth With National Boys & Girls Club Week


 Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi to open their doors for surrounding communities to enjoy the club experience

On March 22-28, 2015, Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi joins more than 4,100 Boys & Girls Clubs across America and on BGCA – affliated Youth  Centers on U.S. military installations with its annual celebration of National Boys & Girls Club Week.  The week-long celebration calls attention to the important role Boys & Girls Clubs play to enable nearly 4 million young people each year to achieve great futures.  This year’s theme – ‘Open the Door. Take the Tour’ – encourages communities, families, friends and supporters of its Club members to experience first-hand how Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi is making a difference in the lives of young people.

“Our youth are the heart of the community and it’s our responsibility to provide a place that will positively influence and guide them during critical out-of-school hours,” said Penney King, President/CEO. “More than 11 million youth have no place to go after school and Boys & Girls Club offer a place where kids can learn, grow and be successful in school and life. Boys & Girls Club Week is a great time to see how we impact the lives of young people through programs aimed to promote academic success, a healthy lifestyle and good character and leadership skills.”

Other planned activities during Boys & Girls Club Week includes:

  • Poetry Slam – Canton Unit, Monday, March 23, at 6 pm
  • Debate – Sykes Unit, Tuesday, March 24, at 6 pm
  • College/Career Fair – Capitol Unit, Wednesday, March 25, at 6 pm
  • Kangoo Club of MS – All Clubs, Thursday, March 26, at 4 pm
  • Sports Tournament – Walker Unit, Friday, March 27, at 5 pm

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Clubs Closing Due to Winter Weather

ALL Clubs will be closed today, February 23, 2015, due to winter weather. Please have your Club member(s) picked up from school or take the bus home from school. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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