CENTRAL MISSISSIPPI COMMUNITY RELIVES CHILDHOOD AT BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS
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.
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, www.dayforkids.org, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.