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.

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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.

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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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