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 tacobellforteens.org, and find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TacoBell4Teens.

 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!

BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF CENTRAL MISSISSIPPI AND THE UNITED WAY OF THE CAPITOL AREA 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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Promoting Safe Driving at BGCCM!

Dream, Inc., brings Mississippi Youth Highway Safety Programs to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi in and effort to reduce youth crash injuries and fatalities while promoting safe driving decisions. After about an hour of classroom discussion, the group headed outside to see firsthand what can occur during a crash. With the help of MDOT’s rollover simulator, and a dummy victim, kids got to see what happens to a person a crash when not wearing their seat belt. Then, our own Ms Ebony, unit secretary at the Capitol Unit, volunteered to play the injured party as rescue personnel explained how they would care for her in an emergency situation. We thank the Jackson Police and Fire Departments as well as American Medical Response for participating. Thank you to Dream, Inc. and their partnership with the Mississippi Office of Highway Safety, made possible through funding by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, for bringing this program to the BGCCM!

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Fun at Camp John I. Hay!

Big eyes under furrowed brows dart back and forth between Camp Director Charles Jackson, Counselor J.C. Evans and the lake at Camp John I. Hay as each girl gets a life preserver fitted and explained to them, accompanied by a safety lesson before the group heads to the paddle boats. Some girls are excited but others are a bit concerned and maybe even a little frightened. Counselor Veronica Johnson says close to the smallest campers to comfort and encourage them.

It’s late afternoon, pushing evening and the heat has dissipated with a distant afternoon shower. There’s a nice breeze. Each child gets a turn riding with either Mr. Jackson or Mr. Evans and the little voices that had said, “I’m scared,” have turned into smiles and giggles. Some now say with pride, “I was scared,” knowing they are brave after conquering the paddle boats!

Across the camp, Counselor Keenan Daniels has the boys tackle an obstacle course. Split up into three teams, they run through challenges from skipping rope and tossing rings, to sac races. The best part of the race was when, after there was a team winner, a Club member said, “That’s okay, we’re all winners at something!”

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi bus is headed home from camp now, away from Hazlehurst toward Jackson to bring them back to the Capitol Unit. Next week our camp will be abuzz with activity again with kids from one of our other Clubs. Check back to see what their doing!

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Make Your Birdies for Charity Pledge!

Make your Birdies for Charity pledge by 5 p.m. today, July 15, for a chance to win this great prize package! Follow this link on the Phoenix Club of Jackson Facebook page. Make your Birdies for Charity pledge and support the children of the BGCCM! @PCoJackson

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Phoenix Club of Jackson Hosts Annual Ice Cream Party!

Thank you Phoenix Club of Jackson for the outstanding ice cream party you hosted for the BGCCM kids at the Capitol Unit. We appreciate every thing you do for our kids!

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Adventures at Camp Hercules – Thursday

Getting from place to place around Mystic, CT, Camp Hercules participants ride on a school bus. “It’s was the first time I rode on a school bus during the summer, said Jamerrick. “I was thinking that people are thinking, ‘What’s this school bus doing rolling through here?!’” After a wonderful morning schooner ride on the Argia, campers headed to Mystic Seaport, a town depicting coastal life in New England in the 19th century. Campers, once again got to do some dip netting. Jamerrick caught 24 hermit crabs!!! With a little free time, we went back to Mystic Aquarium to see the penguins. “I thought the penguins would be from the north pole or from Alaska, not Africa! I thought they’d be in an air conditioned area to keep cold.” Mystic Aquarium’s penguins are from South Africa and love warm weather. It seems we’re always learning something new!

From Miyanna – First, we went to ride on a boat called the Argia. It was a schooner. We saw people wave at us and we waved back. We saw jellyfish. When I got on the boat it was cool. It was my first time riding on a boat. It was a lot of fun. We were moving fast. Next, we went to Mystic Seaport to tour in small groups. We bought something at the gift shop. Later, we boarded the bus to travel back to the hotel. Finally, we ate pizza and had a lot of fun. We had Camp Hercules Olympics at the end of the day.

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Adventures at Camp Hercules – Wednesday

Miyanna – We went Mystic Aquarium to see the Sponge Bob, the movie, in 4D. It was fun and bubbles where coming out all around us. Next, we went to go see the sea lion show. It was fun watching the sea lions. Then, we ate our lunch we went to the beach at Rocky Neck State Park. We went down to the water. When my shoes touched the water, it was nasty and sand got in my shoes. Finally, we had a cookout. The food was good. We got on the bus and went back to the hotel. I went swimming and it was fun. I was learning how to swim. My favorite part of today was watching the sea lion show. I LOVED IT TODAY !!!!!!!!!!!      From Jamerrick – My favorite part today was catching the shrimp and catching the little crabs. I’ve never seen a crab that little. The hardest part was turning the net over to see what you’ve got and keeping the net tight. The biggest thing that I really liked was the hermit crab that one of the counselors found. She saw it and thought it was empty, but it had a crab in it!

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Notes from Camp Hercules

This is Miyanna – When I first got on the airplane I was scared. It was the first time I flew on an airplane. I as really scared when we got in the air. We waited at the airport for our second plane. After we landed, we got to the airport and got our things. We got on the bus and went to the hotel to begin Camp Hercules! I like flying!

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