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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Build-A-Bear Workshop Holiday Campaign

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CHANGE THE WORLD THIS HOLIDAY
Nov 1 – Dec 31, 2016

Join the Merry Mission and give the gift of a great future. Build-A-Bear Stores invites you to support BGCA in 3 easy and fun ways this holiday season: add a donation to your purchase at checkout, sign your name to a paper chain by Nov 23, or you can visit a Build-A-Bear Workshop from Nov 11-13 and stuff a bear that will be donated to local Boys & Girls Clubs.

Boys & Girls Clubs of America is excited to announce a new national partnership with Build-A-Bear Workshop and the Build-A-Bear Foundation just in time for the 2016 holiday season. Starting November 1st, guests of Build-A-Bear Workshop stores can support Boys & Girls Clubs across the country by signing their name to a holiday paper chain until November 23rd and adding a donation to their purchase at check-out until December 31st. Funds from this campaign will be split 50/50 (50% – BGCA, 50% – Local Clubs located near Build-A-Bear Workshop stores). In addition to the in-store fundraising campaign, guests can join the Build-A-Bear Foundation and help stuff bears at Build-A-Bear Workshop stores November 11-13 that will be donated to local Boys & Girls Clubs. All local Clubs paired with a Build-A-Bear Workshop store, will be notified by email before the start of the campaign.

The mission of the Build-A-Bear Foundation is to inspire kids to be Helpful, Empowered, Accepting, Respectful and Team players. To learn about Build-A-Bear Workshop, visit http://www.buildabear.com/.

 

 

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Planet Fitness and BGCCM

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Planet Fitness and BGCCM
Nov 9-16

For every new gym membership ($10 down/$10 a month) created during this special week, Planet Fitness will donate the $10 enrollment fee to the Judgement Free Generation partners, BGCA and Stomp Out Bullying, to promote pro-kindness in Clubs around the country. In addition, Planet Fitness will be encouraging current members to donate $1 in Planet Fitness locations to support the Judgement Free Generation.

BGCA is excited to be partnered with Planet Fitness to support bullying prevention efforts in Clubs across the country. Together with Planet Fitness and STOMP Out Bullying, we are working to create the first-ever Judgement Free Generation — a pro-kindness, anti-bullying movement, aimed at empowering a culture of kindness and encouragement among teens.

As home to the Judgement Free Zone®, a non-intimidating fitness environment designed to make everyone feel accepted and like they belong, Planet Fitness is committed to helping tackle the issue of bullying.

As Boys & Girls Club front line staff, you play a critical role in creating an environment that is safe and supportive for everyone. We hope that these guides help you in your efforts to create cultures of kindness and acceptance in your Clubs.

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Gap and Gap Outlet Holiday Campaign

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Change the world this holiday.
Nov 8 – 17, 2016

Customers who donate a new or gently used coat will receive 10% off their purchase at Gap or Gap Factory. Both stores will also be collecting monetary donations.

For more than 15 years, Gap Inc. has sponsored CareerLaunch. This fun and exciting program prepares teens for the working world. Club teens 13-18 years old embark on a journey to explore careers, make sound educational decisions and find success in the world of work.

Available to more than 2,700 Clubs across the nation, the program incorporates a strong mentoring element with practical resources teens can use. Participants can build skills that will help them get a job today, while researching school and career options for future success.

CareerLaunch provides an excellent opportunity for Gap employees across the country to work with their local Boys & Girls Clubs. Simple and effective, CareerLaunch is a great tool that allows volunteers to share their knowledge and experience with teens in their communities, letting them imagine what their future could be while helping them take steps to get there. Gap employees interested in volunteering should visit the Gap Volunteer Resources page.

The Gap operates more than 3,300 stores in more than 90 countries. Headquartered in the San Francisco Bay area, Gap is a leading global retailer offering clothing, accessories and personal care products for men, women and children under the Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Piperlime, Athleta and Intermix brands.

Promotion Time-frame:
Gap Stores and Gap Factory (Outlet Stores)- November 8- November 17 associates will ask customers to donate a new or gently used coat or make a donation. New this year: Customers will only receive 10% off if they donate a coat.

Promotion Goals:
To engage customers, increase awareness, collect coats for kids in need and drive donations to support Clubs in local communities and to support national programming in the Workforce space.

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Family Dollar Partners with Boys & Girls Clubs of America

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Family Dollar
Nov 1 – Dec 26, 2016

Celebrate the holiday season at Family Dollar, where you can donate at the register to support Great Futures. This promotion will mark the third year of their partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

Family Dollar is once again partnering with Boys & Girls Clubs of America to host a national cause marketing campaign during the holiday season that will be featured in stores around the U.S. This promotion will be tied to the BGCA holiday campaign and will feature holiday creative within the in-store collateral. From November 1 – December 26, Family Dollar will invite its customers to donate $1/$3/$5 at register to support Boys & Girls Clubs.

For more than 54 years, Family Dollar has been providing value and convenience to customers in easy-to-shop neighborhood locations. Family Dollar’s mix of name brands and quality, private brand merchandise appeals to shoppers in more than 8,200 stores in rural and urban settings across 46 states. Helping families save on the items they need with everyday low prices creates a strong bond with customers, who often refer to the neighborhood store as “my Family Dollar”.

 

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Retailers Team Up to Support Boys & Girls Clubs of America During Holiday Season!

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This holiday season, retailers are rallying around Boys & Girls Clubs of America to support the organization who helps serve nearly 4 million kids and teens during the after-school and summer time. Sixteen partners will donate and encourage their customers to give back to the non-profit now through December 31, 2016. More than 4,200 Boys & Girls Clubs serve all kids and teens, especially the ones that need it most. With the organization’s vast reach to impact and enable youth to achieve a great future, there is an estimated 16 million Club alumni living today. In a recent study of alum, more than half (54 percent) said their Boys & Girls Club saved their life.

 

Companies supporting Boys & Girls Clubs this holiday season include:

Gap/Gap Factory
Nov 8 – 17, 2016
Customers who donate a new or gently used coat will receive 10 percent off their purchase at Gap or Gap Factory. Both stores will also be collecting monetary donations.

Family Dollar
Nov 1 – Dec 26, 2016
Celebrate the holiday season at Family Dollar, where you can donate at the register to support Great Futures.

Bon-Ton Family of Department Stores
Nov 1 – Dec 24, 2016
Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Bon-Ton Stores are partnering this holiday season with a cause marketing campaign at all Bon-Ton, Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s and Younkers stores. Now through Dec. 24, 2016, Bon-Ton invites its customers to support Boys & Girls Clubs of America by (1) purchasing Peppermint the Teddy Bear online or in-store and choose from a selection of jumbo size coloring books 5 titles available, 100 percent of the net proceeds will be donated to support local Clubs (2) making an online round-up donation, or (3) between Nov. 14 – Dec. 24 donating $3 and getting a coupon for $15 off their next purchase. Visit any store location or shop online at bonton.com.

Build-A-Bear Workshop
Nov 1 – Dec 31, 2016
Join the Merry Mission and give the gift of a great future. Build-A-Bear Stores invites you to support Boys & Girls Clubs of America in 3 easy and fun ways this holiday season: add a donation to your purchase at checkout, sign your name to a paper chain by Nov 23, or you can visit a Build-A-Bear Workshop from Nov 11-13 and stuff a bear that will be donated to local Boys & Girls Clubs.

Party City
Nov 1 – Nov 30, 2016
Make the season bright and help support America’s Kids by heading to Party City, where you can donate at the register to support Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

Paypal
Nov 29 – Dec 31, 2016
Boys & Girls Clubs of America will be a featured nonprofit partner in PayPal’s “Give Cheer” charitable giving campaign. From Giving Tuesday (November 29) through the end of the year, PayPal will encourage customers to donate through the PayPal Giving Fund, and will match 1 percent of all donations made.

AT&T
Nov 29 – Dec 6
During the Giving Tuesday timeframe (11/29 – 12/6), AT&T is supporting Boys & Girls Clubs through AT&T Aspire, its signature philanthropic initiative, and AT&T THANKS, its customer appreciation program. When customers in the AT&T THANKS program redeem their Ticket Twosdays offer, AT&T will donate two movie tickets to Boys & Girls Clubs.

UGG®
Nov 11 – Dec 31, 2016
Join UGG® this holiday season in its seventh consecutive year in supporting Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Visit any of their North American Stores and donate directly to Boys & Girls Clubs of America at the register.

Bridgestone Retail Operations
Aug 1 – Dec 31, 2016
At all 2,200+ Firestone Complete Auto Care, Tires Plus, Hibdon Tires Plus and Wheel Works tire and automotive service centers nationwide, customers can round up their purchase at the register to the nearest dollar, or contribute $1/$3/or more, to benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

Buffalo Wild Wings
Jan 1 – Dec 31, 2016
Give the gift of Buffalo Wild Wings’ signature sauce or dry seasonings this holiday season. Choose from 21 mouth-watering options with flavor sensations ranging from Sweet BBQ™ to Blazin’®, and $1 from every bottle sold is donated to Boys & Girls Clubs of America to provide more kids and teens the chance to play team sports.

America’s Best Contacts & Eyeglasses
Jan 1 – Dec 31, 2016
America’s Best Contacts and Eyeglasses invites you to make a difference this holiday season. When you purchase a select eye care accessory kit, $2 from your purchase will be donated to Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Additionally, America’s Best will donate $5 to Boys & Girls Clubs of America for each SHAQ frame sold through the end of the year.

POWERADE
Jan 1 – Dec 31, 2016
We’re all just a kid from somewhere. Through December 31, POWERADE invites you to represent your somewhere by designing and purchasing customized “Just A Kid From” apparel touting the name of your hometown. All net proceeds (minimum $50K) from apparel sales benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Fans can browse the apparel options by visiting http://www.justakidfrom.com/

My Coke Rewards
Jan 1 – Dec 31, 2016
Your points can make a difference this holiday season. Donate your My Coke Rewards points to Boys & Girls Clubs of America and make this holiday bright for America’s kids.

GoDaddy
Jan 1, 2016 – Jan 31, 2017
This holiday season you can help by visiting GoDaddy.com. Every round-up to Boys & Girls Clubs will help us ensure greater futures for youth in 2017! Additionally GoDaddy offices are collecting toys for Club kids and their families.

SurveyMonkey
Jan 1 – Dec 31, 2016
Help Boys & Girls Clubs of America this holiday season by taking surveys. Earn a chance to win great prizes, and a $0.50 donation to Boys & Girls Clubs via SurveyMonkey Contribute. Be sure to select Boys & Girls Clubs of America as your charity of choice! Click here to participate!

No matter the season, Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi encourages everyone to engage in community service and giving. For more details on the incredible partners that support Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s holiday programs and how to participate, visit greatfutures.org.

 

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We Are Club Alumni!

Alumni & Friends represents a global network of former Club members and passionate supporters of Boys & Girls Clubs. The mission of Alumni & Friends is to advance the development of Club alumni and enable all young people to reach their full potential. We are advocates, donors and champions for Clubs and youth. We serve as a peer network of support and resource for young Alumni transitioning into life beyond the Clubhouse. We provide access to exclusive scholarships and career opportunities dedicated to advance Club alumni.

WE ARE CLUB ALUMNI
From accomplished business executives to celebrities to professional athletes, Club alumni first got their start at their hometown Boys & Girls Club. Find inspiration and support in these stories about successful alumni whose lives have been changed by Boys & Girls Clubs.

BECOME A MEMBER!
Alumni & Friends is a network of former Club members and supporters who aspire to stay connected and give back in support of America’s youth. As a member, you can connect with a local Club and receive updates on alumni news events and experiences, nationwide.

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STEM at The Audubon Aquarium of the Americas – New Orleans, Louisiana

BGCCM’s STEM program gives the opportunity to learn about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) during the after-school hours.

Research has shown that the out-of-school environment—after school and summer—advances STEM knowledge and increases interest in STEM-related careers. Out-of-school providers like Boys & Girls Clubs of America have an opportunity and responsibility to help more young people, especially those who need us most, develop passion for and aptitude in STEM. As a complement to the traditional academic environment, out-of-school STEM programs provide youth with a safe place to fail and persevere. These programs also foster creative exploration in project-based learning environments, offering activities that relate to real-world experiences, which are needed in STEM careers.

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Stuff the Bus 2016!

Thank you to everyone who gave donations and helped ‘Stuff the Bus”! In true BGCCM fashion we decided to donate the items that were collected to the Boys & Girls Clubs that were affected by the flooding in Louisiana!

During the Stuff the Bus event, which took place over July 1 -31 of this year, the Outlets of Mississippi’s employees and customers donated items such as clothing, shoes, backpacks and school supplies, earmarked for the Boys & Girls Club of Central MS.

In recognition of the devastation caused by rains and flooding to our neighbors in Louisiana, the Outlets of Mississippi and the Boys & Girls Club of Central MS have decided to donate the proceeds of the Stuff the Bus drive to Louisiana relief through the Pearl location of StorageMax.

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21st Century Grant FYI

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You’ve probably heard by now:

21st Century Community Learning Centers federal grant funding—the largest source of afterschool funding in Mississippi—is likely to be lost for afterschool programs across the state due to a budgeting error announced by the MS Department of Education last week. The 21st Century Program supports the creation of community learning centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for children, particularly students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools. This program helps our Club kids meet state and local standards in our core academic areas, such as math, reading and other enrichment activities. This could be a devastating loss for children across the state of Mississippi, including our children at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi.

For more than 80 years, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central MS has changed and saved young lives during the out-of-school time. We want every child in America to be in a safe, constructive environment when they are not at home or in school. We provide that safe haven for nearly 3,000 youth in central Mississippi every year, but there are millions who need it, and we can’t do it alone.

“We need your support to continue to being the beacon of light building hope in our youth lives; our mission is to keep our young people on-time and on-track for high-school graduation with post-secondary plans”.  –Penney Ainsworth, CEO

In the last academic year:

  • 95% of our teen-aged Club members graduated from high school
  • 80% of our teen-aged Club members are expected to complete some kind of post-secondary education

But many do not realize that for our Club kids to graduate and benefit from our programs and professional staff there must be the 21st Century Grant. Without 21st Century Grant, BGCCM’s funds are greatly depleted and we will struggle with changing the lives of our children.

Please consider making a gift to help us continue our afterschool program at all four of our locations 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 investment of a monetary donation, in-kind gifts or a day of volunteering, BGCCM is able to open doors to great futures!

Click HERE to see what donations our Clubs need!

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