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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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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Canton Unit Participates in 50th Anniversary of James Meredith March Against Fear!

20160623_095630Our Canton Unit continues to make BGCCM proud! Canton Unit’s Keystone and Torch Clubs participated in the 50th anniversary of James Meredith March Against Fear Walk. Our Club members marched in the procession and one of our Keystone members sang in the program after James Meredith addressed the crowd! The Rally also focuses on the violence occurring in epidemic proportions in communities across the country. Our kids learned that it has been fifty years after the March Against Fear, and there are citizens who still live in fear of racism, unjust incarceration, immigrant deportation, homophobia, lack of jobs with fair wages, poor housing and disparities in education. This event was great for our BGCCM kids, they were able to take back with them an understanding of what James Meredith went through and how he changed the South with his stand against neglect, unfair representation and the corrupt.

More information on James Meredith…  On June 5, 1966 James Meredith, the first African- American to enroll at the University of Mississippi, began a sojourn from Memphis to Jackson, MS, to draw attention to the fact that blacks were still disenfranchised and treated as second-class citizens in Mississippi even after two major civil rights bill were passed. Marin Luther Kind Jr., Stokely Carmichael, and Floyed McKissick continued Meredith’s march after he was shot and wounded in Hernando, MS on Day Two of the March Against Fear.  Check out the Civil Rights Museum WEBSITE on the March Against Fear Walk!

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2016 Southeast Youth of the Year Competition

BGCCM wants to acknowledge Torenzo Richardson, state of Mississippi Youth of the Year and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi’s Capitol Unit  member. This month, Torenzo traveled to Atlanta, Georgia where he competed in the Southeast Regional Youth of the Year Competition. Even though Torenzo was not chosen as Southeast YOY, he sure did compete his heart out. The BGCCM family is very proud of you Torenzo! To be chosen to represent in this competition is a honor that you will carry with you for the rest of your life. Becoming National Youth of the Year is an exciting and inspiring journey. Each year, thousands of Club teens participate in local, state and regional Youth of the Year events. Six teens, including five regional winners and a national military youth winner, advance to Washington, D.C., for the National Youth of the Year Gala & Celebration Dinner, where one outstanding young person is named Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s national teen spokesperson. The National Youth of the Year is a role model, leader and advocate for the nearly 4 million youth served by Boys & Girls Clubs each year, and all of America’s young people.

For nearly 70 years, the Youth of the Year program has honored and celebrated the nation’s most inspiring teens and their incredible journeys. Stories of outstanding leadership, service, academic excellence and dedication to living a healthy lifestyle have made Youth of the Year America’s premier leadership and recognition program for teens. These amazing young people represent the voice and spirit of hope for America. Inspiring all kids to lead. To succeed. To inspire. Each year, one exceptional Club member is selected to be the National Youth of the Year, serving as an ambassador for Boys & Girls Club youth as well as a voice for all of our nation’s young people. Over the decades, these individuals have exemplified the Boys & Girls Club mission and are proof to the impact Clubs make in transforming and saving kids’ lives. National Youth of the Year winners have achieved success in a variety of industries, including entertainment, politics, business and sports. Interested in the YOY candidates of 2016? Check our the website! http://www.youthoftheyear.org

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Ice Cream Social with the Phoenix Club of Jackson!

We sure do love ice cream socials here at BGCCM! To beat the summer heat BGCCM and the Phoenix Club treat our Club kids to ice cream socials at our units! Our kids get to have fun with their friends while also conversing with the Phoenix Club guys. It is a great time for the kids to learn a little more about the Phoenix Club and how they are so important to BGCCM.

More information on the Phoenix Club of Jackson…  Since 1955, Phoenix Clubs across the southeast, in places like Memphis, Nashville and Birmingham, have brought together young professionals for social, business and philanthropic means.  Founded in Memphis, Tennessee, the purpose of a Phoenix Club is to support a local Boys & Girls Club. Founded in 2007, the Phoenix Club of Jackson has gained recognition and support from the community by raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi.  We raise awareness through a series of events and fundraisers that bring together not only our members, but also local businesses, the general public and local media.  Men who join our organization build lasting friendships and learn the importance of philanthropy and leadership in our community. Check out their website! http://www.phoenixclubofjackson.com/index.html

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Capitol Teens at MSU School of Architecture

This summer BGCCM has planned many events for Club kids and the teens are able to experience different college atmospheres. BGCCM chose a small group of teens from our Capitol Unit to go to design camp and MSU’s School of Architecture at the downtown Jackson, MS location. Our kids are participating in a week long camp where they are able to express their artistic abilities. One of the projects that our Club kids have been working on is branding their image, with this they have been asked to develop their own logo that reflects themselves and how they perceive themselves in the future. At the end of the week all of our Club kids art work will be on display for everyone to see!

Some information about MSU School of Architecture… The School of Architecture offers the only curriculum in the state of Mississippi leading to a professional degree in architecture. The School offers an intense, carefully structured, and rich array of courses that constitute a solid foundation for architectural practice. While course work is comprehensive in scope, providing students with an awareness of the diversity and complexity of today’s professional world, each course has its own important role in developing the unique knowledge and abilities required of architects in a modern world. Check out their website! http://www.sarc.msstate.edu/sarc/home.php

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MS Braves All Star Player Clinic

This week the MS Braves All Star Players came out to our Capitol Unit for a baseball clinic. Our Club kids were separated into age groups and taught the proper way to throw and catch the ball according to their age skills. The MS Braves and Atlanta Braves are hosting their second Southern League All-Star Game here in Pearl, MS! These athletes have had successful careers and are from all over the U.S. including other countries. This clinic was a great way for our kids to interact and learn about different areas of the country all while doing something they love, baseball! Our Club kids were gifted with caps and programs for the All-Star game that was autographed by the players then we ended our day with a pizza party and catering from Raising Cane’s. Thank you MS Braves and Atlanta Braves for this great opportunity!

Interested in more information about the MS Braves? Click HERE.

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