Member of the Month

From left to right: Naomi Jackson (Canton Unit Director), Dr. Vig, Penney King (President/CEO), Victoria (BGCCM Member of the Month), and Ison Harris (Vice President of Operations)

From left to right: Naomi Jackson (Canton Unit Director), Dr. Vig, Penney King (President/CEO), Victoria (BGCCM Member of the Month), and Ison Harris (Vice President of Operations)

Member of the Month

Victoria has been a member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi for four years. She is our “Member of the Month” at the Canton Unit. Victoria was chosen because she keeps good grades, is a leader in the Club, and demonstrates good character. She is always warm and welcoming to other new members or regular attending members. She enjoys being part of the Club and participates in the activities. She works well with others and is always willing to lend a hand! Victoria’s goal is to one day become a teacher. Great Futures Start Here!

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We are proud of Capitol and Sykes Unit’s for graduating 67 teens members from UPS Road Code! This program is largely based on the same safety training used by UPS’s own drivers, who are known for their safe driving techniques.  Taught by more than 150 UPS employees trained as volunteer instructors, UPS Road Code provides teens with four sessions of classroom based instruction as well as time “behind the wheel” of a virtual driving simulator.

The program focuses on different safety principles each week, from basic instruction to the consequences of risky behaviors such as talking on cell phones, texting or drinking while

UPS Road 1driving. Throughout the program, teens have a chance to practice what they’ve learned on the driving simulators, which feature a computer screen that serves as a windshield to the program’s interactive animation, a steering wheel and life-like gas and brake pedals.

These two Clubs have put all the teen members through this safe driver course. UPS representative, Terry Curan, came out to post-test as well as gave out certificates! We are excited to announce that we will be able to put our 11 & 12 year old members next. By December 2014 we will have graduated 97 members between 2 of our 4 Clubs!

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Blues by Starlight 2014


Thank you for joining us for an evening of authentic Mississippi blues in the cool autumn air at Highland Village for our annual event, Blues by Starlight.  We hope you enjoyed delicious southern cuisine and your favorite cocktails from Jackson’s best restaurants as you mingled and danced in the October starlight. This evening brought new hope to many lives. By supporting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi you’re helping improve the lives of the youth we serve. You’re making it possible for our youth professionals to reach more kids, enabling them to become responsible, caring, successful adults. You’re strengthening our community and giving promise to a brighter future.  We have 5 core areas: Character & Leadership; Education & Career Development; Health & Life Skills; The Arts; and Sport, Fitness & Recreation. Our work changes lives; helps reduce youth crime and high school drop- out rates and supports the economic development of our community.

Thank you for coming to our event and we hope to see everyone again in October 2015!

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Capitol Unit’s Teen Self-Esteem Program

“Clubs in Action (C.I.A.)”

October’s “Story of Month” is about dance! Through this program our dance instructor, Jenai Hill,uses dance to help develop social skills with our teen girls. Dance helps develop valuable transferable skills that can be applied to any career path. The confidence gained through achievements in dance helps to build social skills, increase self-esteem and enhances communication skills. Dance will also help with the following:

  • Keeps both body and mind active
  • Offers improvement with strength and flexibility keeping muscles and joints healthy
  • Starting a hobby can help you meet new people and make friends with similar interests
  • Improves posture and balance
  • Reduces stress levels
  • Offers insight into different cultures through dance

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Wells Fargo Pays Tribute to Local Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi

(Jackson, MS) (September 23, 2014) – Wells Fargo proudly supports Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi along with other non-profits that work to strengthen the community by giving $1,000.00.  Through corporate and foundation grants, they share their success by giving back to organizations that address vital community needs and issues.

We are proud to partner with you for the benefit of our member and youth! IMG_3764


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Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi and Jackson OLIVE GARDEN CELEBRATE GREAT FUTURES


Olive Garden Invites Guests to Support Boys & Girls Clubs by Rounding Up Checks during DSCN0703 DSCN0704Seven-Week Never Ending Pasta Bowl Promotion

  Kids at Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi will kick-off the new school year and celebrate their great future with a special meal delivery from Olive Garden. The Jackson Olive Garden will deliver pasta, salad and bread sticks to serve 250 kids at the Club.  Capitol Unit joins more than 700 Clubs nationwide who are partnered with local Olive Garden restaurants and will receive the after school pasta meal delivery for their youth members on Sept. 22.

The special delivery is part of a national partnership between Olive Garden and Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), to kick off Olive Garden’s annual Never Ending Pasta Bowl promotion. In addition to the special meal, Olive Garden is inviting guests to round up their checks to the nearest dollar and make a donation to support Boys & Girls Clubs throughout the seven-week Never Ending Pasta Bowl promotion (Sept 22-Nov 9).

This partnership is part of Olive Garden’s ongoing commitment to serve its local communities and is in support of BGCA’s mission to enable all young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

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Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi Day for Kids



 Special Event Encourages Adults to Spend Meaningful Time with Kids, Proving One Day Can Change a Child’s Future


(Jackson, MS), September 25, 2014 – Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi is gearing up to celebrate its annual Day for Kids event to highlight the critical needs of children in the community. Today, too many youth are facing serious issues that can deprive them of a happy healthy childhood and negatively impact their future. Day for Kids celebrates the life changing work taking place at Boys & Girls Clubs each day by encouraging adults to spend meaningful time with young people and engage in fun and active play. This year’s Day for Kids will be celebrated with 500 of parents and kids participating in an event at the Capitol Unit.dfk

Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi is one of hundreds of Day for Kids events planned nationwide.   Thursday, September 25, 3:00 P.M. – 6:30 P.M., Capitol Unit, 1450 W. Capitol Street.

Day for Kids aligns with Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi overall initiative to help young people become more actively engaged in their community, live a healthy lifestyle and achieve academic success. The ‘play’ incorporated in the Day for Kids event fosters creativity, imagination, exploration and helps kids develop and master various skills. 

“Day for Kids creates a unique opportunity for adults to a relive their childhood. Our amazing supporters ‘Pledge to Play’ fostering stronger relationships and meaningful time spent with local youth,” says Penney King, CEO/President, Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi.  “Year-round our Clubs offer a safe place where kids can be empowered to make choices that allow them to have a great future. With the support of the community today and every day, we can help kids reach their full potential by staying on track to graduate, demonstrating good character and citizenship and practicing healthy lifestyles.”

Supporting kids is a critical issue for our nation where kids are in crisis. Today’s generation is estimated to be worse off than their parents. Our nation’s graduation rate ranks 22nd among 28 countries and three out of 10 kids are obese or overweight. One in 5 American kids live in poverty.

Boys & Girls Clubs believe that every young person in America deserves a great future and that ensuring a safe, productive place for them to spend out-of-school time is a vital, yet overlooked, factor.

Boys & Girls Clubs of America has created engaging educational resources to help communities encourage and develop positive relationships with kids.  A year-round web site,, provides tools, resources and tips that support their interactions with young people.

Day for Kids is also part of Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Great Futures Campaign. The Great Futures Campaign aims to redefine the opportunity equation for America’s kids and call attention to the critical role of out-of-school time in reversing the negative trends facing today’s youth. With the public’s support, Boys & Girls Clubs will inspire and empower more kids toward success through life-changing programs and resources.

 Located at 1450 W. Capitol Street, Jackson, MS 39203, Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi provides program opportunities for boys and girls each year. The Club is open 5 days a week, opens at 11 A.M. and closes at 8 P.M.  Youngsters interested in joining the Club, learning more about BGC Day for Kids or other youth programs can contact Ron Thornton at 601-372-4111 or email

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Taco Bell Foundation Awards Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi

 LOCAL Boys & girls clubs of central misssissippi AWARDED MORE THAN $24,030.00 in grants TO HELP MORE hinds and Madison county HIGH SCHOOLERS GRADUATE

 [Jackson, Mississippi] (September 9, 2014) – Today, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi received a $24,030.00 grant provided by the Taco Bell® Foundation for Teens™ to support close to 175 teens. The funding will go towards college prep sessions, mentoring, college tours and other programs that enable and inspire Hinds and Madison County’s teens to graduate high school and reach their full potential.

 “We are thrilled to play a part in the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens’ investment in America’s future leaders,” said Penney King, CEO/President of Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi. “When you come across another organization that believes in teens and the power of education, you know there’s a special energy there. This mission we’re sharing is one with an enormous upside for our teens, our communities and our country at large.”

 Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi is one of more than 300 teen-serving organizations that will receive a portion of the $7.5 million in grants being presented by Taco Bell’s philanthropic arm this year. The Taco Bell Foundation for Teens™ is working to end the high school dropout crisis by expanding academic, career and mentoring opportunities among America’s teens. The awarded grants are an example of the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens’ goal to invest in teens – our customers, employees, friends, families and future leaders – to set all of our communities up for future success.

 “The dropout crisis is real, but it is also beatable, and we see examples every day and everywhere of teens pledging to graduate to actively pursue their dreams,” said Regina Borda, managing director of the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens™. “Expanding our impact at the local level is one of the best ways that Taco Bell® can – in our words – give más to our teens so that they can live más in our communities.”

 Throughout its 20-year history, the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens™ has awarded more than $45 million in grants and scholarships through the ongoing support of its customers, employees, vendor partners and franchisees. Its core programs – including a newly launched $30 million, five-year partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America – provide educational support and job training to help teens identify career opportunities and develop their interests.

 About Taco Bell® Foundation for Teens

Taco Bell Foundation Inc., also known as Taco Bell Foundation for Teens™, is a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) public benefit corporation committed to inspiring and enabling America’s teens to graduate from high school and achieve más through its programs, partnerships, and direct financial assistance. Since 1992, the Foundation has served over 2 million teens in 6,000 communities across the country where Taco Bell restaurants have a presence. Through the support of our customers, franchisees, employees and vendor-partners over the last 20 years, the Foundation has awarded more than $45 million in grants and scholarships focused on education and career readiness. For more information on the Foundation and its commitment to teens – Taco Bell team members, friends and future leaders – visit, and find us on Facebook at

 About Taco Bell Corp.

Taco Bell Corp., a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc., (NYSE: YUM), is the nation’s leading Mexican-inspired quick service restaurant. Taco Bell serves made to order and customizable tacos, burritos, and specialties such as the exclusive Doritos® Locos Tacos, gourmet inspired Cantina Bell® Menu and lower calorie Fresco Menu. The company encourages customers to “Live Más,” both through its food and in ways such as its Feed the Beat® music program and nonprofit organization, the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens. Taco Bell and its more than 350 franchise organization have nearly 6,000 restaurants across the United States that proudly serve more than 36 million customers every week.

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Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi and United Way have partnered!


[Jackson, Mississippi] (September 8, 2014) – [Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi] (BGCCM) is pleased to announce its partnership with the United Way of the Capitol Area! The two organizations have joined together to combat the academic and socioeconomic issues that affect local area youth and families. BGCCM staff has seats on the Alignment Jackson Middle School and High School Committees. Alignment Jackson was founded by the United Way of the Capitol Area that supports Jackson Public School’s efforts to transform the district on every grade level so that a high percentage of their students graduate on time, prepared for college or career with 21st century skills.

“I am excited to have these organizations working together,” says Penney King, CEO/President of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi. “We have the same mission, the same vision, and our goal is to save the lives of our young people. Our Boys and Girls Clubs aren’t complete without the partnership of our local United Way.”

About the United Way of the Capitol Area

United Way of the Capital Area is a local nonprofit organization that brings our community together and focuses resources on the most critical human care needs in Hinds, Madison, and Rankin counties. By partnering with businesses, individuals, government and other non-profits we are able to monitor the needs of our community and respond as issues or opportunities arise. As a convener, collaborator, funder and leader in addressing health and human service issues, United Way of the Capital Area fulfills a unique role in making our community a better place. And thanks to the generous support of volunteers, contributors, and concerned citizens throughout our area, we are helping to improve lives every day.


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Al Jefferson Joins Area Coaches to Work with BGCCM Kids!

Although a bit star struck at first, youth at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi got down to business and hit the court with NBA Charlotte Bobcat Al Jefferson Thursday as they worked on basketball technique and basic skills. After Mr. Jefferson spoke briefly on the importance of education, teens started running through drills under the direction of area high school basketball coaches, Jackson Prep Coach David Horner, Murrah Coach Timothy Speech, and Madison-Ridgeland Academy Coach Brandon Bolen.

As the kids worked, Mr. Jefferson made the rounds, pausing to work one-on-one with the kids.Jefferson, a Mississippi native, feels strongly about giving back to the community by encouraging and inspiring kids to attain their dreams through education and hard work.

The BGCCM thanks our sponsors for this event, Sonic, Coca Cola, US Foods in Pearl, Greg Price of Jackson Cash & Carry Wholesale Grocery, Rusty Otts of Rusty Otts Construction in Jackson, Oscar Miskelly, Steve Hutchins with Performance Marketing in Jackson, Johnny Miller with Play It Again Sports, Jackson Prep Head Basketball Coach David Horner and Randy St. Blanc of Bonette, La. We appreciate you and couldn’t have done it with out you!

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