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

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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 www.rossstores.com.

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 (GreatFutures.org) 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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Canton Unit’s Youth of the Month, Ariaunna!

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CONGRATULATIONS to Canton Unit’s Youth of the Month, Ariaunna!!

Ariaunna has become a club favorite due to her positive attitude and behavior on a daily basis. Ariaunna participates in activities and always has a happy demeanor. Ariaunna is very respectful for her age and gets along very well with other members of her group. Ariaunna keeps a smile on her face and loves her Boys and Girls Club!!

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Ron Thornton Receives Leading Light Award

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Congratulations to Ron Thornton who received the Leading Light Award. This award is presented to the administrative staff member that demonstrates a constant passion for the Boys & Girls Club mission and vision. Ron Thornton goes beyond the call of duty and is available when other team members need them.

 

 

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Lowe’s Heroes Renovate Much Needed Teen Center and Gymnasium at the Capitol Unit 

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The Boys & Girls Club of Central Mississippi received a $50,000 grant from Lowe’s as a part of the Renovation Across the Nation initiative, which is granting 50 Clubs around the country, including ours, with grants and volunteer support to complete much-needed improvements and renovations. Our Club was selected as the signature Club in the state of Mississippi! As the need to update facilities increases and maintenance costs rise, Lowe’s support helped the Boys & Girls Club of Central Mississippi make critical improvements to ensure the Club remains a safe and inviting place for Central Mississippi’s youth who need them most. Our Capitol Unit Club has received the following renovations:

  • Renovation of the tween space, new gymnasium floor, mural painting. As well as upgrades to our front and back door, tiling and new toilets in restrooms, and supplying our kitchen with new shelving and refrigerators.
  • Painting of a customized mural masterpiece exclusive to all Renovation Across the Nation Clubs. The original mural was designed by a Club member in Florida and represents what belonging to a Club means to the young people who make Boys & Girls Club part of their lives.

Lowes Hero’s Lowe’s has donated of $1 million for improvement and renovation projects at Clubs across the country. Lowe’s grants of up to $50,000 per Club have funded needed repairs and upgrades at 20 Boys & Girls Clubs from Maine to Southern California.

As the need to update facilities increases and maintenance costs rise, Lowe’s support helps local Clubs make critical improvements to ensure they remain safe and inviting places for youth who need them most. At many locations, Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers get involved by donating their time and talent to help Clubs complete their projects efficiently and safely.

Since 2009, Lowe’s has contributed $5 million in grants and thousands of volunteer hours to fund improvements at more than 100 Clubs. In 2013, Lowe’s support helped update more than 20 Clubs with improvements that reflected a variety of facility needs, ranging from renovating a soccer arena to rebuilding restrooms.

 

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 (GreatFutures.org) 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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2017 Board Advance Meeting

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Thank you to our board members who spent their time developing ideas to help improve the lives at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi. The advance is for strategy planning for the Clubs to move forward with new incite on standards, resource development, leadership, and operations. Our board members and administrative staff sat down to discuss BGCCM’s strengths and weaknesses, they also discussed how to increase our opportunities in the Jackson community.

Did you know that nationally the Boys & Girls Clubs serve four million Club kids in 4,000 Clubs? With such a large number of children, nationally the program has 276,000 caring staff and volunteers. Nationally 1 out of 5 children live in poverty, 1 out of 4 will not graduate and 3 out of 10 kids are obese or overweight.

In Mississippi, 47% of families are single parent, 74% of children in the 4th grade are not proficient in reading, 57% of Hinds County’s children are living in a single parent household, 29% of children live in poverty and 32% High School students will not graduation or graduate on time. With resources, leadership programs, and increasing awareness the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi are hoping to change the lives of children in the Central Mississippi area.

In order to change the lives of our children that walk through our doors we need people like YOU. With your help we can change these lives, with your help whether is a monetary donation or a day of volunteering, BGCCM is able to open doors to great futures! If you are interested in volunteering click HERE if you want to make a monetary donation click HERE.

 

 

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BGCCM’s 2017 Youth of the Year Competition

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CONGRATULATIONS to Iyanla from our Capitol Unit for winning BGCCM’s 2017 Youth of the Year competition. Iyanla will be competing in Mississippi’s Youth of the Year Competition this February at the King Edward downtown Jackson, MS!

Iyanla is a freshman at Murrah High School and has been a member of the Club for seven years. Her future goals are to be awarded a full scholarship to Cornell University and major in Interior Design. Iyanla plans to utilize her degree by working along with architecture, movie and play sets and some of the world’s most famous celebrity homes. Iyanla enjoys singing, drawing, writing, speech and debate.

History about Youth of the Year…… Since 1947, Youth of the Year has been Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s premier recognition program, celebrating the extraordinary achievements of Club members. Each year, one exceptional Club member is selected to be the National Youth of the Year. The National Youth of the Year serves as both an exemplary ambassador for Boys & Girls Club youth and as a strong voice for all of our nation’s young people.

The journey to being named National Youth of the Year begins locally and progresses to the state, regional and national levels. To achieve the title of Youth of the Year on any level, Club members must embody the values of leadership and service; academic excellence; and healthy lifestyles. They should exemplify the critical impact that Boys & Girls Clubs have on the lives of young people.

In the 21st-century world and workplace, leadership skills such as communication, goal-setting and teamwork are essential for everyone – especially young people preparing to meet the challenges of adolescence and adulthood. http://www.bgca.org/whatwedo/characterleadership/Pages/YoY.aspx 

 

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MS Metropolitan Ballet Nutcracker – Outreach Program

Thank you MS Metropolitan Ballet for supporting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi! Our Club kids had a blast watching the Nutcracker performance. Thank you for your positive work in improving the lives of our at-risk youth in the Central Mississippi area.

More about MS Metropolitan Ballet Outreach Program… Because education is an important part of the Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet’s mission, we continue to hold complimentary performances and conduct student workshops and lecture demonstrations for at risk youth and children who live in areas underserved by the arts. Each year MMB has a commitment to provide meaningful educational experiences that contribute to the cultural development of Jackson-area school children, traditionally those underserved. Through a unique and ever-expanding outreach program and the continued support from the Mississippi Arts Commission, the Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet has introduced the art of ballet to over 15,000 children since the beginning of this program in 2000. http://msmetroballet.com/outreach/

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The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi focuses on inspiring and enabling all young people, especially those from disadvantage circumstances, to realize their full potentials as productive, responsible and caring citizens. Everyday our staff and volunteers come to work with the goal of changing at least one child’s life a day. In doing that we open our Clubs to all kids, we do not require proof of good character and BGCCM is affordable to any child. By changing the lives of children we provide varied and diversified programs that recognize and respond to the collective and individual needs of youth. Today, thousands of boys and girls, at-risk and in need, are taking advantage of the programs, activities, and services provided by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi. They benefit from trained, caring, professional staff and volunteers who help young people take control of their lives, envision productive futures and reach their goals.

In order to change the lives of our children that walk through our doors we need people like YOU. With your help we can change these lives, with your help whether is a monetary donation or a day of volunteering, BGCCM is able to open doors to great futures! If you are interested in volunteering or if you want to make a monetary donation click on the link below!

http://bgccm.org/blog/2016/08/03/openingthedoorstogreatfutureswithyourhelp/

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David Banner Homecoming 2016!

 

dscn2106Thank you David Banner for coming back to your Boys & Girls Clubs for your 10th annual “Heal the Hood” event. We appreciate your time spent with out Club kids discussing the importance of an education and how your living situation does not affect the person you can become.

Our partnership with the Banner Foundation has given us the opportunity to have a music studio in our Capitol Unit teen wing! Along with David Banner, Leroy Jones Jr., a Jackson-native mixing engineer, producer and owner of studio Sonic Signature, built our Capitol Unit music studio. The Banner Studios can offer mentorship to those students and industry-standard technology, including Pro Tools recording software and Final Cut Pro video-editing software. Our studio lines up perfectly with what the Club tries to accomplish—impacting youth, expanding their career prospects and growing their interests. Being able to present resources like The Banner Studios to Jackson teens is key to helping them imagine a greater path for their futures, whether that’s becoming a singer, rapper, songwriter, recording engineer, producer, manager or a music-industry role they may not yet know about.

Last year (2015) Banner donated the initial music equipment for the Capitol Unit music studio that Jones used to piece together The Banner Studios and provided some of the finances to purchase the materials for Jones to make a quality studio where students can learn about the music industry. BGCCM’s goal is to educate our Club kids about different fields of expertise, including songwriting, videography, artist management and promotion, and even professionalism within the workplace. Club members have been able to make beats, write rhymes, develop their own music style in their studio. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi hope to teach our Club members that there are other ways to find success in the music industry.

The Banner Foundation:  The Banner Foundation is dedicated to empowering and supporting families to create self-sufficient communities. They use the arts to engage, educate, and provide an outlet for creative expression for young people. The Banner Foundation aims to connect people, maximize opportunities to collaborate and leverage resources to strengthen our communities. Their work integrates and cultivates the mind, body and soul to have holistic healing. Learn about the organization and David Banner at TheBannerFoundation.org

 

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Heal the Hood 2016:

Purpose: The purpose of this initiative is to bring holiday cheer to the most resilient families in the Jackson, Mississippi area by providing gifts for members of the household. The Banner Foundation will also identify and meet any special needs that the families may have. The Banner Foundation’s aim is to encourage education, leadership, advocacy, civic engagement and accountability amongst the communities we serve.

History of Heal the Hood: This is the 10th year of the David Banner’s Heal the Hood Holiday Gifting in Jackson, MS. The initiative evolved out of Banner’s personal ritual of giving to less fortunate families and those impacted by Hurricane Katrina during the holiday season. Over the years, the Banner Foundation has leveraged partnerships, engaged parents and community leaders, and empowered communities to support those among us who are most vulnerable and in need.

Families:  Approximately 350 youth and their families identified by the Boys and Girls Club of Central Mississippi and HTH partners benefit directly from this one day of gifting. Through collaboration, the Banner Foundation is able to leverage resources an impact across Jackson/ However, HTH and their partners have employed a coordinated strategy and needs assessment which enable to have an ongoing partnership. Partners nominate families living under extremely challenging circumstances that need help providing for their families during the holiday season to Heal the Hood, Inc. This year, with the help of our wonderful partners, the HTH at Christmas will be the biggest celebration of resilience in our collective history.

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More About David Banner….  David Banner is a Jackson, Mississippi native who grew up coming to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi’s Capitol Unit.

He is a Grammy Award winning music producer, recording artist, philanthropist, activist and actor who has appeared in films such as Lee Daniel’s The Butler and in Tim Story’s movie Ride Along. David is also the host of Aspire TV’s current ABFF Independent Film Series.

Banner also is founder of A Banner Vision, a multimedia company that specializes in providing emotionally engaging music for iconic commercials, video games and films for brands like Pepsi, Gatorade, Paramount Pictures (Footloose film), Marvel, Capcom, Mercedes Benz and more!

Such mega success did not come without challenges. At one point along the way, Banner was living in his rundown van with a studio inside…until one day a group of teenagers stole the van – taking everything away from him. Banner kept pushing toward his dream despite the setback. Three months later, on another trip to Birmingham to sell his material, he caught the attention of a Universal label executive and was signed to a multimillion dollar five-album deal.

Banner was raised by parents who instilled in him the importance of getting an education and applying his talents to do something of substance in the world. Banner attended his mother’s alma mater, Southern University (Baton Rouge), graduating with a degree in business; and went on to graduate school at the University of Maryland on a full scholarship before leaving to pursue his musical career.

“Before he died, my father told me that I taught him more about chasing your dreams than anyone he’d ever met in his life,” Banner said. Banner has exceeded his parents’ expectations. Highly successful in his field, he created a foundation, Heal the Hood, Inc., to provide relief and recovery assistance to lower income people of the Gulf Region affected by natural disasters. He deeply believes in the philosophy of giving back, especially once someone can be generous.

Heal the Hood also supports youth development and recreation programs in Mississippi. The foundation raised $500,000 for Katrina survivors in Mississippi and Alabama; and 2014 was its eighth year of distributing clothing, toys, and other necessities to Jackson, Mississippi families during the holidays.

Banner finds reward in encouraging young people to gain knowledge, and he leverages his affluence and influence to help make the world a better place. He has been a prominent and passionate voice in the face of social injustice. In 2017, David Banner plans to release his new album ‘The God Box’. TheBannerFoundation.org

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Comcast $20,000 My.Future Grant – Sykes Unit iPad Lab

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Comcast made a $20,000 My.Future grant to the Boys & Girls Club of Central Mississippi SYKES UNIT to furnish the Comcast Tech Lab. The My.Future technology initiative is a cutting edge technology education program designed to open the eyes of young people to what is possible for them to achieve through technology. The program is designed to empower youth to build, explore and communicate through technology topics that are of most interest to them.

Comcast NBCUniversal is the Presenting Sponsor of My.Future, which is available to the nearly 4 million youth served by more than 4,100 Boys & Girls Clubs. My.Future allows Club members to select from more than 40 activities that reinforce digital literacy, including areas of exploring the web, communicating with others digitally and building media. Additional experiences allow members to explore advanced topics, such as robotics, coding and game design. My.Future is part of BGCA’s 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.

 

For more information about Comcast and Comcast My.Future click the links below!
http://bgca.org/newsevents/PressReleases/Pages/MyFutureLaunch.aspx
http://corporate.comcast.com/images/MyFuture-Handout_FINAL.pdf 

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2016 Keystone Club Pinning Ceremony

Thank you to everyone who came out to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi Keystone Pinning Ceremony! Our Keystone Clubs provides opportunities for leadership development experience in our 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 from our Club professionals, Keystone Clubs aim to have a positive impact on members, the Club and community.

More information on Boys & Girls Clubs Keystone Club… Annually, BGCA hosts the National Keystone Conference, a character and leadership development conference for Boys & Girls Club teens that brings together members from all across the globe. Throughout the conference, Keystone members engage and socialize with peers, explore relevant issues, and develop skills to support and enhance efforts in their local Boys & Girls Clubs and communities.

http://www.bgca.org/whatwedo/characterleadership/Pages/Keystone.aspx

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