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