Phoenix Club of Jackson and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central MS

Thank you Phoenix Club of Jackson for your continued support and dedication to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi. This year was the 10th Annual Seersucker & Sombreros event that takes place on the Saturday of the Kentucky Derby. We had a blast enjoying refreshments, while listening to music entertainment by Cary Hudson and the Piney Woods Players at the Cathead Distillery in downtown Jackson, MS! We are very grateful to receive the proceeds that come from this event and Phoenix Club activities.

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Comcast Cares Day 2017 – Walker Unit

During the month of April, more than 1,000 local Comcast NBCUniversal employees and their families, friends and community partners successfully “made change happen” by volunteering at twelve projects across Jackson, MS. This year is the 16th annual Comcast Cares Day, the nation’s largest single-day corporate volunteer event. For the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi, volunteers helped landscape, paint and revamped our Walker Unit.

Comcast Cares Day is more than just a day – it’s the culmination of Comcast NBCUniversal’s commitment to volunteerism that began when the company was founded more than 50 years ago.  From using technology to create positive change, such as wiring community centers and libraries and teaching digital literacy skills, to mentoring youth, to beautifying parks, Comcast NBCUniversal employees volunteer on this day, and throughout the year, to make a lasting impact. This year, the Company expects more than 100,000 volunteers to participate in approximately 900 projects across the country and around the world.  To date, volunteers have contributed nearly 5 million volunteer hours at 7,700 projects since Comcast Cares Day began in 2001.

“The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi is grateful to receive Comcast’s support again this year,” said Penney King, President and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi. “Comcast Cares Day has truly helped impact the lives of over 5,000 area youth during the last three years.”

The Comcast Foundation will also provide grants to local community partner organizations across the country on behalf of everyone who volunteers on Comcast Cares Day. The grants will help Comcast’s partners continue their mission of serving the community throughout the year.  To date, the Comcast Foundation has awarded more than $20 million in grants to local non-profits who have served as partners on Comcast Cares Day.


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Walker Unit Driveway Repave!

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi’s Walker Unit’s repaving of the driveway a success!! We could not have done the repave without our volunteers and sponsors! A special thank you to Bradley Barnes from the Phoenix Club of Jackson for gathering all the materials and labor for this project. Thank you to our sponsors, APAC, Dickerson & Bowen, Capitol Concrete Cutting, ADCAMP, and the Phoenix Club of Jackson.

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Southeast Leadership Conference – 2017

Recently, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi attended the Southeast Leadership Conference in historic Montgomery, AL. At the conference we gained lots of valuable information and sharing concepts with other BGC organizations.  The conference was designed to build strong leaders with the ability to transform Clubs and communities and ensure a high-quality Club experience for every child who enters our doors.

Thank you Jim Clark for everything you do for the Boys & Girls Clubs! Without your dedication to this organization we would not be able to impact our young people through Academic Success, Good Character and Citizenship, and Healthy Lifestyles!! Check out our Facebook Album for more pictures of the Southeast Leadership Conference.


Sarah Drennen, Chris Herron and Ebony Yarn pictured with Boys & Girls Clubs of America CEO, Jim Clark


Mr. Jon Anderson, BGCCM board member, serving on the Great Futures 2025 panel. Mr. Anderson is pictured with Missy Dugan, CEO of BGCMA, and Boys & Girls Clubs of America CEO, Jim Clark.


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2017 College Tour

Part of our overall goal at Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi is to ensure that our youth have a plan for college and all the tools they need for academic success. We recently took 26 of our Club teens from all of our Units to colleges in the Southeast region. BGCCM visited St. Augustine University in Raleigh, NC, Devry University, Shaw University, Greensboro College, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, Columbia College, Claflin University, and Allen University. Thank you to all the colleges that allowed us to tour and teach our teens that you can go anywhere to further your education.

Check out our Facebook Album for more pictures of BGCCM’s 2017 College Tour!


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B Chill Lemonade Speaker


THANK YOU  Kinyah from Be Chill Lemonade for coming to our Capitol Unit and teaching our Club members that you can be an entrepreneur no matter what age you are!!

Kinyah is 8 years old and the owner of Be Chill Lemonade, her company provides an array of freshly squeezed lemonade choices to satisfy everyone’s beverage needs. be Chill specializes in providing lemonade for individuals or groups for various occasions and holiday celebrations both big and small. Be Chile’s lemonade is of high quality with a special dose of love in every jug. Be Chill’s flavors are, original lemonade, coconut, strawberry, mango and peach. DSCN2403


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Work Force Development

Recently, BGCCM’s teens participated in our Work Force Development program held at the Capitol Unit. Our teens participated in mock interviews, debates, brain teasers and other activities that will prepare them for the working world. Check out our Facebook Album for more pictures of our Work Force Development Training!

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National Keystone Conference


The National Keystone Conference is Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s premier teen conference. This year the conference celebrated it’s 50th anniversary in Chicago. IL! The theme of this year’s conference is “Activate Your Legacy,” showing teens how they can develop and enhance leadership skills enabling participants to be leaders and ambassadors in their Clubs and communities. The first Keystone conference, in 1967, also took place in Chicago.The conference provides Keystoners with positive opportunities to engage and socialize with peers, explore teen issues relevant to their lives, and develop skills to support and enhance service and leadership efforts in their Clubs and communities. This unique leadership development experience provides opportunities for young people ages 14 to 18. Youth participate, both in and out of the Club, in activities in three focus areas: academic success, career preparation and community service. With the guidance of an adult advisor, Keystone Clubs aim to have a positive impact on members, the Club and community.

More than 2,500 teen leaders from around the country convened in Chicago for Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s 50th annual Keystone Conference presented by Aaron’s, Inc. (NYSE: AAN) a leading omnichannel provider of lease-purchase solutions, and its divisions Aaron’s and Progressive Leasing. Teens participated in a session on community policing featuring Grammy and Oscar winner Common, learning how to engage in conversations that help bridge relationships between teens and law enforcement. The conference kicked-off with a newly renovated teen center at the Miguel A. Barreto Union League Boys & Girls Club in Chicago thanks to national partner Aaron’s.

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Check out what our Canton Unit is up to!!


Our Canton unit had their first Manhood Movie Matinee show on Sunday. This activity was created to show our young men that BGCCM cares for them every day of the week! It is BGCCM’s way of spending time with our young men and showing we are devoted to them out of our normal routine. After the movie we treated them to food court in NorthPark Mall!!


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Ross Dress Less for Less® to Help Local Kids Learn in Central Mississippi

2017 Ross Cause Campaign Sign

In-store giving campaign to provide funds for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi

Every year, nearly four million young people are served by Boys & Girls Clubs. To celebrate these extraordinary efforts, Ross Stores, Inc. announced that it is partnering with Boys & Girls Clubs of America with a four-week program called, “Help Local Kids Learn.” Beginning Feb. 4, customers in Jackson can make a monetary contribution at their local Ross Dress for Less location during checkout to be donated to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi this February.

“In February, we invite our customers to join us in donating to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America,” said Gary Cribb, executive vice president, Stores and Loss Prevention for Ross Stores, Inc. “Our company believes in giving back to our community, and we are proud to support the Power Hour program to help youth develop the skills they need to excel in school and beyond.”

Campaign facts: 

  • Ross Stores, Inc. invites 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 local 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 Stores
Ross Stores, Inc. is an S&P 500, Fortune 500 and Nasdaq 100 (ROST) company headquartered in Dublin, California, with fiscal 2015 revenues of $11.9 billion. The Company operates Ross Dress for Less® (“Ross”), the largest off-price apparel and home fashion chain in the United States with over 1,342 locations in 36 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 193 dd’s DISCOUNTS® in 15 states that feature a more moderately-priced assortment of first-quality, in-season, name brand apparel, accessories, 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 is available at

About the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi
For more than 80 years, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi has inspired and enables all young people, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. Annually, we serve over 2,200 children who spend nearly 750,000 hours at our facilities taking part in our youth development programs. We operate four clubs in Central Mississippi and a camp facility near Hazlehurst. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi strives to be the organization where our passionate team engages youth in the Club experience that assures success is within reach.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of America
For more than 150 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America ( has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, more than 4,200 Clubs serve nearly 4 million young people annually through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun, friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Priority programs emphasize academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 54 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters is located in Atlanta, Georgia.

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