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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Opening the Doors to Great Futures with YOUR Help

KIDS and BALLOONS

 

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.

Did you know that out-of-school time — after school and summer — is the most critical and overlooked opportunity to help kids and teens reach their full potential for a great future? The average American student loses approximately one month’s worth of learning during the summer; for most students from low-income families, the learning loss is far greater. They end up two to three months behind their peers. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi is committed to ensure that America’s youth, especially those who need us most, advance through each grade level and graduate from high school on time with a plan for the future. When School’s Out, Clubs Are In!

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. Below are national statistics that BGCCM and other Boys & Girls Clubs across the country are trying to improve.

 

Each day in America – National Stats

  • 16,244 public school students are suspended
  • 4,399 babies are born to unmarried mothers
  • 3,617 children are arrested
  • 2,857 high school students drop out
  • 2,570 babies are born into poverty
  • 1,836 children are confined as abused or neglected
  • 1,532 babies are born without health insurance
  • 1,285 baby are born into extreme poverty
  • 870 babies are born at low birthweight
  • 838 public school students are corporally punished
  • 761 babies are born to teen mothers
  • 384 children are arrested for drug crimes
  • 167 children are arrested for violent crimes
  • 65 babies die before their first birthdays
  • 48 children or teens are injured or killed with a gun
  • 21 children or teens die from accidents
  • 7 children or teens are killed by guns
  • 6 children or teens commit suicide
  • 4 children are killed by abuse or neglect
  • 2 mothers die fro complications of childbirth

 

National Outcomes Stats & Data

While the statistics in “Each Day in America” are disheartening, our Club Kids have succeeded in academic success while attending the Club regularly. See BGCA’s 2015 National Outcomes Report which provides further insight and highlights the following:

  • 78% of 5th to 12th graders are on track for on-time high school graduation. About 20% exhibit warning signs such as occasional skipping and mediocre grade that put them at some risk for not graduating on time.
  • Data on the critical transition years of 6th and 9th grades points to a troubling decline in being on track to graduate. While 61% of Club 6th graders are fully on track, the rate drops to 50% for Club 9th graders.

More positively, members ages 12 to 17 from low-income families who attend the Club regularly outperform their peers nationally on school grades. About three-quarters of these Club members report earning mostly As and Bs, compared with 67% of their  peers nationally.

Research suggest personal expectations may predict actual education attainment. Among teens who attend the Club regularly:

  • 97% expect to graduate from high school
  • 88% expect to complete some king of post-secondary education, and 72% expect to complete a four-year college degree or higher
  • 69% of Club high school seniors from low-income families are likely to enroll in college after completing high school, compared with 49% of low-income high school completes nationally

 

 

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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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BGCCM Visits NewSouth NeuroSpine

BGCCM went to NewSouth NeuroSpine! Club members visited NewSouth NeuroSpine and tour the Physical Therapy and X-ray departments and the MRI unit. The doctors gave overviews and their responsibilities in their departments. They also presented on their personal stories on how they developed an interest in their fields and the training required to get to that level. Thank you for spending  time with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi!

More about NewSouth NeuroSpine….  Our practice consists of physicians covering four specialties: neurosurgery, orthopaedic spine surgery, interventional pain management, and physical medicine and rehabilitation. NewSouth NeuroSpine’s team includes more than 100 highly trained and experienced nurses and healthcare professionals. Our main purpose is to see you through to complete healing. We understand pain, what causes it, and how to heal it. Surgery is not always the first or best option.  http://ns2.md

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BGCCM Visits Prissy Paintbrush

Thank you Prissy Paintbrush for allowing some of BGCCM’s Club kids to participate in a day of painting! Ours Club kids painted different emojis and were able to take their paintings home with them! As part of the Summer BrainGain Program, BGCCM believes that it is important to learn outside of the classroom!

Summer Brain Gain is comprised of six one-week modules for each grade level with themed activities for elementary school, middle school and high school students. Supported by Staples and Old Navy, each module takes a project-based learning approach; youth engage in a process of learning through discovery, creative expression, group work and a final project or production. Summer Brain Gain will include two weeks of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) modules for elementary, middle and high school youth. These weeklong modules, supported by the Entertainment Software Association Foundation (ESA) and National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA), allow opportunities for Clubs to extend this summer programming.

According to Afterschool Alliance, kids who participate in after-school programs are more likely to participate in summer learning programs. Serving nearly 4 million kids, Boys & Girls Clubs are the leading after-school and summer learning provider, helping close the educational opportunity gap in this country. To learn more about Summer Brain Gain, visit greatfutures.org.

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Triple Play Day 2016!

The Boys & Girls Club of Central Mississippi had a blast hosting Triple Play Day 2016! Our Club kids enjoyed many games and activities. We had relay races, puzzle games, basketball, tennis, and other various activities planned for the day. Thank you to everyone who came out and volunteered!

Triple Play, sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company and the Anthem Foundation, is a dynamic wellness program currently offered in Boys & Girls Clubs that demonstrates how eating right, keeping fit and forming positive relationships add up to a healthy lifestyle. The goal of the Triple Play program is to improve Club members’ knowledge of healthy habits; increase the number of hours per day they participate in physical activities; and strengthen their ability to interact positively with others and engage in positive relationships.

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Town Hall Meeting at the Capitol Unit

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi hosted its first in a series of Town Hall Meetings. The meeting was created so that members of our community including law enforcement and local city officials could come and discuss current events to our Club members. BGCCM had a successful meeting discussing current events and developing an unified community approach to accept diversity. BGCCM thanks everyone who came out to listen and we think the city officials and Chief Vance for making time in their day to be positive figures for our Club members.

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Walker Unit Teens Visit Vicksburg National Park

During the summer BGCCM makes it imperative that we take our Club members on different field trips. As our Club kids grow up and eventually out of the program we want to give them the best experience that they possibly can have. With this in mind we take our teens on college tours in state and out of state, Mississippi history tours, as well as aquariums, museums, and planetariums. Our Walker Unit teens went on a trip to the Vicksburg National Park, where they participated in tours and explored the battle fields, soldier cemetery and museum. Our Club kids learned the importance of preserving this national park and other national parks. They also learned the history of the American Civil War Battle of Vicksburg and how this victory helped give the Union control of the Mississippi River.

Check out the Vicksburg National Park website: https://www.nps.gov/vick/index.htm

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Capitol Teens Visit Medgar Evers House

One of the many events that our Club teens have experienced is taking a Mississippi Story trip. A group of BGCCM’s teens were chosen to visit Medgar Evers home and museum in Jackson, MS. This was a great opportunity for our kids to learn more about Mississippi’s civil rights history and how he worked to overturn segregation at the University of Mississippi. Sending our kids on trips like the Mississippi Story is a great way to teach them responsibility and how to make changes and succeed in their futures.

More information about Medgar Evers…  Medgar Evers was an African American civil rights activist from Mississippi who worked to overturn segregation at the University of Mississippi and to enact social justice and voting rights. He is remembered for saying “You can kill a man, but you can’t kill an idea.” A World War II veteran and college graduate, he became active in the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s. Check out their website! http://www.eversinstitute.org

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