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.


Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off

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.

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off

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

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off


5k Kangoo Club

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off

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.

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off

Graduation Matters Workshops

graduation matters poster

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off


In-Store giving campaign to provide funds for Boys & Girls Clubs of Central MS 

Every year, nearly 4 million young people are served by Boys & Girls Clubs. To celebrate these extraordinary efforts, Ross Stores, Inc. (NYSE:FDO) announced that it is partnering with Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) with a four-week program called, “Open the Door to Great Futures.” Beginning Feb. 8 Ross customers in Central Mississippi can make a monetary contribution to at checkout to be donated to our Clubs the February!

“Ross is committed to supporting the youth in the communities we serve,” said Gary Cribb, executive vice president, Stores and Loss Prevention for Ross Stores, Inc. “In the month of February, we invite our customers to join us in donating to the Power Hour program to help youth develop the study skills they need to excel in their studies and beyond.”

Campaign Facts:

  • Ross stores invite customers to give at the register during the  month of February to benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of America
  • 100% of proceeds raised at each store will benefit Boys & Girls Clubs
  • Every  $3 donation helps provide one hour of homework help for a Club youth
  • $15 helps keep a kid safe after school today

About Ross

Ross stores, Inc. is an S&P 500, Fortune 500 and Nasdaq 100 (ROST) company headquartered in Dublin, California, with fiscal 2013 revenues of $10.2 billion. The Company operates Ross Dress for Less (“Ross”), the largest off-price apparel and home fashion chain in the United States with over 1,200 locations in 33 states, the District of Columbia and Guam. Ross offers first-quality, in-season, name brand and designer apparel, accessories, footwear and home fashions for the entire family at everyday savings of 20% to 60% off department and specialty store regular prices.  The Company also operates approximately 150 dd’s DISCOUNTS in 15 states that feature a more moderately-priced assortment of first-quality, in-season, name brand apparel, accesories, footwear and home fashions for the entire family at everyday savings of 20% to 70% off moderate department and discount store regular prices. Additional information can be found at

About The Promotion

Ross Stores invests in brighter futures by supporting programs that unlock the full potential of the next generation. Ross Stores, Inc. and Ross Stores Foundation partner with nonprofits in local communities that build academic achievement and life skills in underserved youth. Every year, Ross invites their customers to join them in their philanthropic mission. During the month of February, Ross customers are invited to make a donation as they check out at the register.  This year, donations will to Boys & Girls of America to help provide America’s kids with a safe place to learn and grow.

Posted in Events, In The News, News & Updates, Uncategorized | Comments Off

Payless Gives Shoes 4 Kids

Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi pleased to announce that we have been selected as an official partner of Payless Gives Shoes for Kids, an annual giving program from Payless ShoeSource. We are among many charitable agencies representing all 50 states in the United States. We will be distributing merchandise certificates for children’s shoes to the families on our client list.

This is the seventh year of the Payless Gives Shoes 4 Kids program. Although studies show Payless Gives - Capitolthat properly fitting shoes are important for children’s health and development, a striking number of children don’t own a pair of shoes that fit. We are working to remedy that here in Mississippi.

By helping families who struggle to provide their children with basic essentials on a daily basis, Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi, in partnering with the Payless Gives Shoes 4 Kids program, hopes to relieve some of the stress parents feel during the holidays and bring joy to as many children as possible.

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off

Happy Thanksgiving!


Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off

Boys & Girls Clubs Team Up with Comcast NBCUniversal to Bring Technology to Local Kids

IMG_0062 Comcast NBCUniversal recently announced it is committing tens of millions of dollars in cash and in-kind support to Boys & Girls Clubs of America and local Clubs across the nation over the next five year. The highlight of the partnership is a new partnership is a new technology initiative called My.Future, which aims to help youth embrace technology in our growing digital world – and ensure there is a place in it for them.

My.Future is a cutting-edge technology education program designed to open the eyes of young people to what’s possible for them to achieve through technology – recording and editing their own music and videos, to learning robotics, coding and game design skills that can put them on the path to successful 21st century careers.

The program is designed to empower children to build, explore and communicate through technology topics that are of more interest to them. My. Future participants will create their own portfolios and earn digital badges for completing different components of the program.

“Today’s young people are digital natives born into a world where technology is ever-present and constantly changing. In order to ensure great futures for all youth, it is our job to keep up-to-date with technology,” said Penney King, CEO/President. “With the support of Comcast NBCUniversal and launch of My.Future, our Club members will develop the technology skills needed to pursue promising careers and thrive in today’s digital world.Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi is excited about furthering this partnership on a local level. Comcast have given $20,000 to enhance technology within our Clubs. This new lab is officially titled Comcast Tech Lab!”

Comcast NBCUniversal is a longtime supporter of Boys & Girls Club, and has provided more that $90 million in cash and in-kind services to Clubs since 2009 alone. There are 4,100 Clubs throughout the country and the world, which together support nearly 4 million children annually. My. Future is part of a new campaign by Boys & Girls Clubs Great Futures Campaign, launched in July to call attention to the crisis facing kids and elevate the role of out-of-school time in reversing negative trends and empowering more youth toward success through enriching after-school and summer programs.

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off