We had a great turn out for our first annual Lunch & Learn! Thank you to River Hills for hosting us and providing lunch. Our CEO and Board Chairman did a fantastic job sharing great things that the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi does to improve our city’s youth. A even bigger thank you to the Phoenix Club of Jackson in presenting BGCCM with a large check to help improve our organization. Torenzo Richardson who is Mississippi State Youth of the Year gave a great speech of how the Boys & Girls Clubs have impacted his life and how he is excited to represent Mississippi in the Regional Youth of the Year competition this summer in Atlanta, Georgia.
Interested in participating in another Lunch & Learn? Call us at (601) 969-7088
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Since 1947, Youth of the Year has been Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s premier recognition program, celebrating the extraordinary achievements of Club teens. Club members who earn the youth of the Year title embody the values of leadership service; academic excellence; and healthy lifestyles. They exemplify the critical impact that Boys Girls Clubs have on the lives of young people. Being named National YOY of the year is the highest honor bestowed upon our Club members. The journey to be named National Youth of the Year begins locally and progresses to the state, regional and national levels.
This past week, Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi helped host the 2016 Mississippi State Youth of the Year. 17 Youth of the Year represented their clubs all over the state. Of the 17 participants 2 were chosen to compete in Regional Youth of the Year, this summer, in Atlanta, Georgia. State winners each receive a $5,000 scholarship and advance to regional competitions. Regional winners receive an additional $10,000 college scholarship, renewable for four years up to $40,000. Six youth, including five regional winners and a military winner, advance to the National Youth of the Year competition for a chance at an additional scholarship of $25,000, renewable up to $100,000 for four years. The National Youth of the Year represents all Boys & Girls Club youth.
Torenzo Richardson from Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi was chosen as the traditional Mississippi State Youth of the Year. Torenzo is a junior at Jim Hill High School. He is in the International Baccalaureate program where he currently holds a 4.4 on a 5.0 GPA scale. His hobbies are playing sports, listening to music, drawing, and has a large shoe collection. Torenzo will graduate in May 2017 and will attend Mississippi State University majoring in Biology with a concentration of Optometry.
Torenzo responds to the call of leadership. He has played a vital part in the Keystone Club. He started out as just a member but has transitioned into the role of an officer. Torenzo’s leadership skills are well received by his peers. It is true that he has distinguished himself by his personal hard work, but Torenzo has also earned much respect for his demonstrated ability to foster growth in younger club members. He does such a great job by being a mentor, helping with Power Hour and simply “leading by example’. At this stage in his life, it takes much courage to lead and Torenzo possesses such courage.
Torenzo is the first BGCCM Club kid to win Mississippi State Youth of the Year! We are incredibly proud of him and could not have chosen a better candidate to represent the great state of Mississippi at the regional competition this summer!
For the month of February Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi kids and teens are learning that developing a healthy life style is based on how balanced you are. Our Cub Kids are learning that balancing physical fitness, proper nutrition, preventative care and mental and emotional well-being lead to a life of positive health and wellness.
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Healthy Lifestyles – Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) is excited to launch the New Year with the Healthy Lifestyles Advocacy Period – a concentrated eight-week time frame dedicated to highlighting the Movement’s dedication to health and wellness for our kids and teens. The national conversation at the start of the New Year largely centers on a renewed commitment to personal health, including physical fitness, nutritious eating and mental and emotional well-being. Together, we will work to harness this dialogue to promote Boys & Girls Clubs programs, partners and Healthy Lifestyles’ success stories locally and at a national level.
Congratulations to Torenzo Richardson for winning Youth of the Year for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi! Torenzo will represent BGCCM in the upcoming State Youth of the Year Competition held February 25, 2016. Torenzo has been at the Capitol Unit for 8 years. He attends Jim Hill High School and is also in the International Baccalaureate Program, a member of Mu Alpha Theta, Math Honors Club as well as being in the National Honor Society. Torenzo will continue his education at Mississippi State where he hopes to become an Optometrist.
Youth of the Year has been the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s premier recognition program that celebrates the achievement of the Club teens. Club members who win the Youth of the Year title demonstrate true leadership, the importance of healthy lifestyles, and strive for academic excellence.
Thank you Comcast for giving the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi another donation in part of the My.Future launch at our Walker Unit. My.Future is a technology initiative that focuses on teaching our club members about the expanding digital world. With My.Future we are hoping to spark curiosity and passion for technology in our youth. Once exposed to technological skills, our youth will likely have more of an impact and pursue a career in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics). With this partnership the digital divide is being reduced by developing digital literacy and technology skills for our youth.
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The “Employee of the Week” for our Canton Unit is Ms. Stewart! She is the cook for the Canton Unit but goes well beyond the call of duty. Our members and staff love her. Thank you for your hard work and dedication to the Club!
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