Congratulations 2016 Graduates!

 

Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi is supporting the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s vision is to ensure success is within reach of every young person who enters our doors, with all members graduation from high school prepared for the future. To achieve this vision we seek to close the gap between 97% of Club teens who expect to graduate and the 79% of Club teens actually on track to graduate nationally. BGCCM and BGCA continues to support graduating seniors through the Alumni & Friends Club, providing free access to expanded national BGCA networking, opportunities for mentorship, internship and jobs, and ways to give back.

This past Saturday we honored and celebrated our Graduates, ranging from seniors, 8th grade and kindergarten. After the ceremony we celebrated with a cookout and luau. Thank you to everyone who came out and supported our Class of 2016. CONGRATULATIONS GRADUATES.

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2016 All Staff Conference

This year the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi hosted the 2016 All Staff Conference at the King Edward Hotel in downtown Jackson, MS. Each year, full-time and part-time Club personnel benefit from this training event held in various locations across the state. The training includes workshops on Boys & Girls Clubs of America programs, child safety, health and fitness, facility management, stress relief, first aid, career development, etc. It is also an ideal opportunity for Club staff to share ideas and concerns, while having fun together.

Thank you to every single person who came out and supported the Boys & Girls Clubs. We had a long week filled with games, training, masked parties and award ceremony! BGCCM took home three awards, 3rd Place Full Time Professional of the Year Award, 3rd Place Part Time Professional of the Year Award, and the Chairman Plaque. Congratulations to our Professional Executive Leadership Team for pulling of such a successful conference!

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Comcast Cares Day – Canton Unit

The months of March & April are BGCA Good Citizenships and Character Advocacy periods. T0 develop our next generation of leaders, it’s important that we emphasize good citizenship and character by developing leadership skills and inspiring a passion for community service!

This past Saturday was Comcast Cares Day at our Canton Unit! Thank you to Comcast and everyone else who came out and supported BGCCM’s Canton Unit. We painted the interiors and exteriors of the Unit, planted new vegetables in our garden, and unloaded new couches for our teen center.

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Steak & Burger

DSC_0136Steak & Burger 2016 was a great success! Thank you to everyone who came out and supported the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi. Our Club kids that participated in this event are very grateful for the opportunity they were given to meet such influential community leaders and corporate sponsors. A special thanks to our PRIME Sponsors Horne, Baptist, and Trustmark!

As our keynote speaker, Molly Fletcher, expressed, “small moments can create big opportunities’. We accomplished the primary objective of this event; to create small moments between our guests and the youth of Boys & Girls Clubs of Central MS. We appreciate any support that was given to us in helping inspire and enable all young people, especially those from disadvantage circumstances, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.

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BGCCM First Annual Lunch & Learn

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

 

Click below to view the videos played during the lunch.
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2016 Mississippi State Youth of the Year

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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!

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Healthy Lifestyles

 

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. 

 

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Central Mississippi Youth of the Year

 

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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. 

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C-SPAN Campaign 2016 Bus

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